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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, June 19, 1913, Image 2

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Bhe encouraged Harold &ank Hen
wood and he lost his head entirely.
He did more than lose his head. It
developed later that he broke v the
laws of God and man, because it was
discovered that Henwood once visit
ed Airs. Springer while she was stay
ing at her husband's ranch.
"Mr. Henwood was given a room
which connected with Mrs. Spring
er's room through a bathroom by
orders of Mrs. Springer," said Mrs.
Carpenter, housekeeper at the ranch.
"And in the morning, Mr. Henwood's
bed was touched."
But although Henwood was violat
ing" the laws of God and man and
knew he was doing so, he still, by
some queer quirk in his mind,
thought that he was the only man
whose love for Mrs. Springer was
pure and holy and defiled.
He arrived at this conclusion?
something after this manner: "She
does not love her husband; she does
love me (which was not true) ; I love
her; therefore in the sight of God
she is my true wife and I her true
husband." Which is false argument
and sophistry besides.
For a time, everything went well.
Henwood lived in some fool's para
dise. Springer ambled along his easy,
banker's way, seeing a great deal,
but shutting his eyes to more. And
Springer laughed and was highly
amused.
Then came a day when rumor of
Henwood's relations with Mrs.
Springer reached Von Phul in St.
Louis and Von Phul straightway
went, In hot haste to Denver.
Also, he took with him a great
bundle of the exceedingly foolish let
ters that Mrs. Springer had written
him.
In Denver, VOn Phul put up at the
Brown Palace Hotel, and sent an lm
perious message to Mrs. Springer,
commanding her to come and see
him immediately.
They met in the cafe of the hotel
that night and Von Phul drew from
his pocket the great bundle of fool-
1 ish letters and laid them on the
table.
"Quit fooling with this Henwood
fellow and tell him to get out of
town," he said, "or every last one
of these letters is mailed to your hus
band." Mrs. Springer's face whitened and
grew blue around her mouth. She
hated Von Phul now and she still
had some careless regard for Hen
wood. And she dearly loved her posi
tion in society.
So she told Von Phul she would
get rid of Henwood and then she left
the Brown Palace Hotel and tele
phoned to Henwood and arranged to
have hm meet her at another hotel,
and told him what had happened and
asked him to get her letters fpr her
from Von Phul.
Henwood thought he was a squire
of dames, a gallant rescuer of ladies
in distress and so he set out in search
of Von PhuL
He did not find Von Phul that
night, but he found him In his room
at the Brown Palace Hotel the next
day and demanded the letters. Von
Phul beat him over the hed with
a bootjack until he was only half
conscious and then threatened htni
with a revolver.
That afternoon, Henwood, in a
state of high excitement, met Mrs.
Springer in a Denver department
and told her what had happened.
Mrs. Springer expressed sympa
thy, and then inquired greedily if
he had got the letters.
"No," said Henwood.
"Then get them," she cried,
fiercely.
That afternoon, later, Henwood
went to the office of Hamilton Arm
strong, chief of police at Denver.
"Tony Von Phul is threatening a
Denver society woman. He nas some
letters she wrote him long ago. They
are foolish letters. He says he'll
show them to her husband if she
does not do as he wishes. I want
Von Phul driven out of town."
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