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IS GIRL' OF 14 CAPABLE OF LOVING AS WIFE
SHOULD LOVE HER HUSBAND?
Kansas City, May 24. Can a girl
of 14 really love with the Jove that a
wife should have for a husband?
Or are the flutterings of a 14-year-old
heart a mere infatuation for the
These, are the questions a Kansas
City jury of 12 mere men must de
cide in the $25,000 "heart balm" suit
brought by Howard H. Shank against
S. Edwin Wilmore, wealthy property
owner, who he claims alienated the
affections of his young wife.
Shank has answered the first ques
tion ho. the affinnative ' t m
He says that, in spite of the fact
that pretty Mrs. Shank was only 14
when they married, she did love him
and that he has a right to expect that
her affection would not cool.
.Mrs. Shank argues that there could
be no alienation of love, as love did
not exist, and she answers the ar
gument of her husband with this
amazing revelation of the feminine
"Love at 14 years of age is not
love. It is schoolgirl infatuation.
Every girl at that youthful period
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