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KISSING BEES THE MAIN PART
OF DIVORCE BILL
cShould a giii who kisses a man in
the presence of his betrothed before
they are married be expected to dis-'
continue the kissing after marriage?
-iMrs. Lydia Watson thinks she
should and has named Irene Straine,
31, the "kissing girl," as one of the
co-respondents in her divorce bill to
be heard before Judge Walker.
or"Before we were married Irene
used to insist on kissing, my fiance,"
Mrs. Watson told a Day Book report
ers "When he would kiss me and my
mother, Irene, who was one of my
friends, at the time, would insist that
h kiss her and laughingly say that
she Ytas to be his second wife.
a'After we were married Irene con
t,iue& the practice of kissing. When
. Ii celebrated my wedding anniversary
and had my bridesmaids presen"
Icene, who had been one of them,
called me on the phone and told me
Harry, my husband, should come for
her with the car. I told her he hadn't
gone after my other bridesmaids, but
Harry took the car and went after her
and stayed at her home all evening
while my guests and I ate the anni
In her divorce bill, which Morti
mer Newfield, Watson's attorney,
specified in the court of domestic re
lations yesterday as "scurrilous and
scandalous," Mrs. Watson claims that
her husband and Irene, who is a
stenographer in the employ of the
Heine Chimney Co., were constantly
going away together into corners and
indulging in kissing She says that
lajter her husband would take her in
thft auto to Irene's home, leave her
sitting in the car at the door and go
tfl.greet Irene and when Irene moved
inta a, house where the hall was nar
row Mrs. Watson was able to observe
the kissing continuing.
,She. also charges adultery and
nams two other women and two un-
At the time of the birth of her son,
Henry Barteltt, now 16 months old, 1
Mrs. Watson charges that her hus
band called to see her at the hospital,
leaving Irene sitting in the auto and
later spent the evening in the com
pany of Irene.
Watson is also accused of taking
Irene to the Hamitlon club, of which,
he is a member, and to nickel shows,
cabarets and" theaters.
Further, she alleges that Watson,
who was in the-real estate business
with the firm of Orris Hart, permitted
Irene and a friend to move into a
flat, paid a month's rent f or them and
that no further rent was paid, but
they remained until put out by the
A diamond lavelierre was a token
given to Irene on Christmas, 1913, by
Harry, and a wrist bracelet Christ-"
mas, 1914, according to the allega
tions of Mrs. Watson, who says Harry
gave gifts to several women, but did
not pay her bills.
Watson is the son of J. B. Watson,
who failed in the real estate business,
was arrested for embezzlement and
jumped his bonds. He is now a fugi
tive. Mrs. Watson claimed that some of
her relatives were victims of J. B.
Watson, and Newfield told Judge Sab
ath that Harry was being punished
for the sins of his father.
Mrs. Watson, who is 22, i& a very
pretty brunette. She says her hus
band has not supported the baby for
some months and her mother had to
provide her with clothing.
Her attorney, John D. Farrell, took
the case Into the court of domestic
relations to secure support of the
child, but the matter was continued
until after the hearing in Judge Walk
Cora Richards, 1639 Michigan av.,
who suicided last Saturday,' aid Tom
Nolan was cause. Nolan; at inquest,
'Thomas Dunn, 65, asked police to
search for fiance, Ruth Norris, 25.
Says he gave her ?46Q to furaJeli.
home. She went to N. Y.