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'The story brought out yesterday
is interesting. It is one view of the
inside of a prominent family, in
'which it is charged existed the fa
vorite triangle of the playright two
men and a womaij. And, as in all the
spicy problem plays-there was the
conventional married couple and the
intruder the other fellow.
Robert" R. McCormick is one of
Chicago's bright social lights. Ed
ward S. Adams is his cousin, twenty
years older than McCormick, but he
says he provided a home for McCor
mick when the latter came from col
lege. Mrs. Adams is a very beautiful
woman. She is very much younger
than Adams, from whom she was di
vorced several months ago, on ac
count of McCormick, so Adams has
And the echo of the mad, tangled
affair was heard yesterday in Judge
In the morning Cyrus Adams, Sr.,
brother of the defendant, testified
that he had talked with McCormick
regarding the notes for $43,000 be
fore the alienation suit was started.
"I told McCormick that the notes
held by him against my brother
would not nearly pay the expenses of
his visits to my brother's home,
which covered a period of ten years,
and that the only gentlemanly thing
he could do was to destroy these
notes. I left assured that he would
do that," said Adams. "Up to this
time I had not heard of my brother's
Cyrus Adams, Jr., was the next to
take the stand and he corroborated
the testimony of his father.
"I also visited McCormick," he said.
"He told me not to worry about the
notes and that my uncle would never
hear of them."
A mutual friend of McCormick and
Adams, who has labored for months
in an ineffectual effort to heal the
breach, next took the stand in favor
of Adams. He is Morrill Dunn, well
known in Chicago society and for
merly close friend of both men.
"I called to see McCormick, but he
was not in, and so I was obliged to
call him up on the phone," said
Dunn. "Over the phone McCormick
told me the notes were in ashes. I
felt sure that the trouble was over
with until I heard of this suit. It was
after the alienation suit was filed that
I was told them. I was very much
surprised to see things turn out as
When Robert R." McCormick was
placed on the stand he told of his
"visits" to the home of his cousin.
"I was graduated from college in
1903 and in the spring of 1904 I vis
ited the home of my cousin," he said.
"I stopped at his home 3 or 4 nights
a week for an Indefinite time. Later
I visted him in this manner for pe
riods form one to several months."
Here Julius Moses, attorney for
Adams, asked: "You never made
Adams' home your home?" '
McCormick evaded this question
by contending that home and resi
dence did not mean the same thing,
and that he might have made Adams'
home his residence, but he did not
make it his home.
Moses attempted to show by cross
examination that McCormick had
.knowledge of the alienation suit be
fore he filed the bankruptcy suit.
McCormick denied this. Later he
admitted that he never pressed the
bankruptcy suit until the alienation
suit had been filed in the Superior
"I did not learn this suit until I
had filed the bankruptcy suit," Mc
Cormick aid in reply to a question'
put by Moses.
"You know the alienation suit was
filed Sept. 25 and that the petition in
bankruptcy was filed the day after
do you not, Mr. McQormick?" ques
"When did you enlist the services
of Michael Gesas, your present at
torney, in this suit, which has been
pending for some time?"
"I engaged him about Sept. 26."
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