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ARE LUCKY BALDWIN'S MILLIONS HOODOOED?
UNHAPPINESS TRAILS DAUGHTERS
Are the millions left by E. J.
("Lucky") Baldwin tainted with do
Does the specter.of divorce dog his
great wealth? Have the marital in
felicities which marked his own ca
reer, by some strange alchemy of life,
been transmuted to the fortune
which he left to his heirs, so that
their happiness flees from their fire
sides when old "Lucky's" gold
crosses their threshold?
Thus it appears to have been with
the McClaughrys, who were happy
before they were wealthy. But al
most as soon as the Baldwin gold
came to them they quarreled, sep
arated and were divorced.
Thus it appears to be with the Sel
bys, whose separation became public
recently and whose divorce is deem
ed inevitable by man and wife.
"We were happy until wealthy,"
said the husband, David F. Selby, of
Oakland. "Shortly after receiving
the inheritance from her father's es
tate, Mrs. Selby grew dissatisfied
and commenced to lose interest in
"She spent most of her time in
travel, visiting different parts of this
country and on her return announced
to me that our home no longer held
any attraction for her, and that she
was going to leave for good. She left
for Los Angeles and later came back
and now resides in San Rafael, Cal."
The Selbys were married in 1906
and on their honeymoon visited
"Lucky" Baldwin's Santa Anita
ranch near Los Angeles. It was then
that the aged millionaire recognized
Mrs. Selby as one of his daughters
and heirs. They have a 5-year-old
daughter, Helen Frances Selby.
Like the Selbys the domestic trou
bles of Anita Baldwin McClaughry
began almost as soon as she had re
ceived her $10,000,000 share of the
turfman's millions. Until then the
McClaughrys had been happy in their
Berkeley (Cal.) home on the salary
which the husband earned.
Then followed clashes, the pacify
ing services of friends, temporary
reconciliations followed by other
clashes, detectives, the kidnaping of
their children by the husband and the
legal battles which ensue when a
wealthy woman and her husband
cannot get along in peace.
After a stormy period which last
ed for more than a year, the Mc
Claughrys were divorced in Oakland,
she paying the husband a cash set
tlement of $300,000 from the fortune
that had come to her from her
Dr. Douglas Mawson.
Among the persons recently ele
vated by proclamation of King
George of England - was Douglas
Mawson, the explorer, who was
awarded the title of Knight Bachelor.
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