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WHAT HAPPENED TO LODGE?
ITS A SAD TALE
When a man's been married just
two weeks and is really on his -honeymoon
it's a mean trick of fate to
fetch him from St Ebuis to Chicago
on a charge of nonsupport of his
former family, but when on top of
Oscar W. Lodge, 37, a salesman
for the Royal Tea Co., was in the
court of domestic relations yesterday
to face his first wife, Alice, who be
lieved herself to be his only wife, and
his three children. Oscar wasn't a
bit worried, for the Royal Tea Co.'s
lawyer stood right at his shoulder to
help him out and in his pocket was
a nice document, still almost new,
that was going to prove just how ri
diculous it was to bother Oscar about
these little matters.
The new document was a divorce
decree, granied May 25, 1915, in Mis
souri, on a charge of wife desertion.
Ass't State's Att'y Arkin looked at
the pretty new document and hand
ed it up to Judge Fisher. Then both
Arkins and Judge Fisher began to
Had Oscar ever informed Alice that
he intended to get a divorce? He
had not because he didn't think it
necessary, though he admitted he
knew Alice's address as he had sent
her the weekly amounts ordered by
the court over a year ago and the
money had never been returned to
him, but he stopped sending any
money after the first of June when
the pretty new paper was given him.
What grounds had he for alleging
desertion? Why Alice had refused
to live with him in Aurora in 1906,
and though he had moved to Bloom
ington and other desirable towns in
his work as a traveling salesman he
had been compelled to maintain a
home for her in Chicago and board
How long had he resided in St.
Louis before he applied for the di
vorce? From April until November,
though the law of the state requires
a residence of one year.
Had he married again? Yes, two
Judge Fisher looked at the pretty,
new document then he said:
"I m going to hold that this de
cree' of divorce is void because the
domicile of Lodge was in Chicago afr
the time of the abandonment and he;
never changed his domicile unless it A)
might be when he went to St. Louis
in April, 1914, and seven months later
filed a petition for divorce in viola
tion of the laws of the state of Mis
souri that require one year of resi-i
dence. He corresponded regularly
with his wife, whose domicile never
changed, but he did not have her no
tified of his intent to obtain a divorce,
and further I shall hold that he went
to Missouri for the purpose of evad
ing the laws of the state of Illinois.
Under these circumstances I hold the
divorce void so far as this state is
concerned and the defendant is still
the husband of his wife and must,
pay her $8 a week for the support of,
herself and children. :,
Lodge took back his pretty new.
document as the bailiff took him in
custody pending obtaining a bond,
and Mrs. Lodge went forth to take,
steps m Missouri to have the divorce,
declared void there.
TODAY'S ODDEST STORY
Cleveland. July 14. James K.,
Hackett, not THE James K., was at-,
raigned before Municipal Judge Mc
Gannon, on a charge of begging.
"Are you an actor?" asked the
"I am not a relative of the actor,
Hackett," answered the prisoner,,
"but sometimes I do a Charley Chap- A'
lin stunt to get a few cents."
"Costs and 30 days," announced'
the judge, "we need a good enter-,
tainer at the prison farm."
If all men are born free and equal,
why the dickens can one catch fish;
l and the otherjiever get a. be .