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PASTOR ARRESTED AFTER HE
LEFT FAMILY DESTITUTE
Because he found his wife too
practical when she tended her babies
while he read Schopenhauer and
.Nietzche, Rev. Paul Jordon Smith,
pastor of the Chicago Lawn Congre
gational Church, abandoned her and
his three children, and was arrested
last night at the home of his father,
the Rev. J. Wesley Smith.
The 'Jordons, unable to agree,
separated a little over a year ago and
Jordon has been paying his wife $33
a month toward the support of the
family. On April 12th these paymeits
ceased and last Saturday Mrs. Jordon
took out a warrant for his arrest
Mrs. Jordon is living at the hpme
of Mrs. Frank M. Dickson, and is
apparently in destitute circumstan
ces. "It was a boy and girl romance,"
she confided to a reporter. "We knew
each other from childhood. We went
to high school together, and we were
married when we were both only
nineteen years old.
"After we were married Mr. Jordon
attended Lombard University and I
stayed at home raising my children
and doing the homely little tasks that
fall to the lot of a woman.
"After he had his decree, he would
sit on the porch of our home and read
Schopenhauer and Nietzche and oth
ers of their ilk, and if one of the
babies should fall out of the cradle or
stumble and cry, and I picked it up
and soothed it, he would say, angrily:
'You are such a practical woman. I
hate practical women.'
"It became very apparent that I
could not hold him. His philosophy
was one I did not understand and my
three children, Isabella, who 13 only
eight and is the oldest, Wilbur, who is
six, and Ralph, who is 5; required all
of my attention, so I had no leisure
to follow hia studies If I had want
"A little over a year ago we sepa
rated. I do not know whether he
suggested it, or I, or whether it was
mutual, but an arrangement wa?
made that he should pay me $33 a
month for our support
"Last April on the 12th, to be
exact the payment ceased. I have
-given him every opportunity to rem
edy this matter without publicity,
but he has been obdurate, so I had
to have him arrested, though I am
truly sorry he forced me to do so."
The case will be tried in the Court
of Domestic Relations this afternoon.
SITUATION IN MEXICO LOOKS
BETTER LIND ON THE JOB
Washington, Aug. 12. State de
partment admits definite progress is
being made in Mexico City with
president's plan to secure peace.
Lind is in communication with
Washington by code.' Tension in
Mexico greatly lessened. Friendly at
titude of Frederico Gamboa, new
minister of foreign affairs, helps
Lind is advising Nelson O'ShaugTi
nessy, U. S. charge d'affaires.
No demand to be made at present.
O'Shaughnessy will tell Gamboa this
country is desirous of having Mexi
can affairs restored to stable basis.
Will explain that Lind is only ad
visor of U. S. embassy and won't
attempt to dictate anything. In
meantime every effort will be made
to bring destitute Americans to the
Lind will make no effort while in'
Mexico City to communicate with
insurgents in the field. May take a
month to know results of Lind's trip.
O'Shaughnessy reports affairs in
Mexico City quiet and encouraging.
Lind reports he is encouraged with
change in sentiment.
Japan indicates Diaz not welcome.
Japs not helping encourage Huerta's
attempt to use Japan against U. S.
Officials say U. S. and Japan never
on such friendly terms as now. Be
lieved there is no danger of rupture
with Japs. Opposition by Japs to
reception of Huerta's man Diaz re
garded as rebuke to Huerta.