Search America's historic newspaper pages from 1836-1922 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. Chronicling America is sponsored jointly by the
National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress. external link Learn more
Image provided by: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library, Urbana, IL
Newspaper Page Text
Attorney Julius Moses appeared In Judge Landis' U. S. court this
morning on Adams' behalf to fight the McCormick' Bankruptcy proceedings.
He charged that McCormick brought these proceedings merely to discredit
Adams in his petition for a rehearing of the AdamB divorce case.
The story in. Saturday's Day Book told how Mrs. Adams secured a
decree against her "husband on the ground of habitual 'drunkenness, and
that Adams recently applied for a re
hearing, claiming that when Mrs.
Adams sued him for divorce McCor
mick urged him not to contest it; and
that at that time he, Adams, did not
know of the relations he has since
charged existed between McCormick
and Mrs. Adams.
Attorney Michael Gesas, represent
ing McCormick, said the notes given
by Adams to McCormick extended
over a period between 1907 and 1913.
Adams' lawyer said these notes had
been canceled, and accused the pub
Usher of filing the bankruptcy peti
tion at this time because McCormick
is named in the petition now before
the appelate court for re-opening the
"So this is an affair of the heart,"
said Judge Landis.
Then Attorney Gesas attacked At
torney Moses for bringing in the di
vorce case, and Moses contended that
in that way he could show the motive
for the filing of the bankruptcy pro
ceedings. Judge Landis agreed that there
were circumstances in which a di
vorce case or an affair of the heart
might have some bearing on a bank
ruptcy petition, and continued the
case until Tuesday morning.
Mrs. Adams secured a decree of di
vorce March 6, 1914. In his declara
tion against McCormick, Adams said
that McCormick sought to induce
Adams to make no defense, and that
he Ignored the suit and let his wife
get a decree without contest.
He said that McCormick during
the summer of 1904 made his home
at the Adams Chicago residence at
Tower Court, and beginning with
1910 made his home with the
Adamses at their summer residence
on Deerpath in Lake Forest,
Adams also charged that beginning
with" Aug. 5, 1909, and repeatedly
since that time, McCormick had
sought the society of Mrs, Adams,
made love to her and induced her to
separate from and abandon her hus
band. Recently Frank Pizza, formerly
chauffeur for McCormick; was ar
rested and charged with getting a
commission on auto supplies bought
by him for McCormick. Last week
Pizza sued McCormick for $50",000,
because of his arrest and prosecution.
Pizza is said to have been in Mc
cormick's employ as chauffeur dur
ing at least part of the time Adams
So there is pending now the suit
of Pizza against McCormick, the suit
of Adams against McCormick, the
application of Adams for a rehearing
of the divorce case and McCormick's
petition in bankruptcy against
Although the declaration of Ed
ward S. Adams in his suit against R.
R. McCormick for $300,000, for alien
ating his wife's affections, was regu
larly filed in court, and every news
paper in town knew about it, The
Day Book was the only daily in Chi
cago that printed the news.
Such a story on any man in town
without a pull would get first page
headlines. But a newspaper publish
er is different. He enjoys special
privileges when it comes to publicity.
The reason the story was suppress
ed by all other newspapers is that
they were pledged to suppress it
The Day Book was urged- to sup
press the story, too, but politely de
clined. It does not belong to the pub