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first beau. She's afraid no one will
ever ask her again."
This is only part of the testimony
made by the young wife to support
her claim that there never was any
affection. She is quoted as saying:
"Mr. Shank took me from a well-
to-do home and made me"live. in a
hovel. He was 25 and I was just a
schoolgirl of 14 when we were mar
ried. "It was an unfair advantage of me.
I never loved him. I just thought be
cause he was my first beau I must
marry him. '
"I remained with him because of
Eugene our boy. Finally I decided
to leave Kansas City and I went to
Davenport, la., to live with my sister.
I have a good position there and I am
earning a living for my little boy."
The boy is now seven years old;
Mrs. Shank is 22.
Mrs. Shank recently was divorced
from Shank- and his suit charging
Wilmore with alienation followed.
Wilmore owned the house in which .
the Shanks first lived in Kansas City,
and met the pretty child-wife' when
he went there to collect the rent.
Shank stated Wilmore made many
other visits to the house and became I
unduly friendly with Mrs. Shank;
that Mrs. Shank vent to a picnic
with Wilmore, sat with him during
the ride out into' the country and
that out there they sat for a long
time on a hill apart from the others,
looking at the scenery.
Mrs. Wilmore has testified she
sympathizes with Shank and that
she did not think her husband had
treated Shank fairly.
PROMINENT MEN ARE MARRIED
Three prominent men, Theodore
Roosevelt, Dr. Lyman Abbott and
Dr. Luther Halsey Gulick, "famous
physical culture expert, married at
the age of 22.
William E. Corey, steel magnate,
married his first wife at 17. They
were divorced later and he married
Mabel Gilman, star of the light opera
Is a girl of 14 years of age capable
of loving a man. as a wife should love
What is your opinion of early mar
riages? Are they successful or not?
The Day Book would like to hear
from readers on these questions
brought up by case of Mrs. Shank.
"GIRL SHOULD NEVER MARRY BEFORE SHE IS
18," SAYS JUDGE
"Girls should not marry until they are 18 years of age,
for they do not reach the age of discretion until that time!"
That is the view of Superior Judge Richard E. Burke of
Judge Burke does not believe in divorce, though he has
granted many, and has been a foe of the divorce evil many
years. He founded the bureau of statistics for the purpose
of gathering figures to show the extent and causes of divorce.
t .cuen suuuiu not marry uiiui mey are is, euner, says
1 Judge Burke, "but more often it is the girl who is under age.
A girl of 17 rarely knows her own mind. Her tastes and
v. opinions soon charge. Her ideas are not fixed at 17.. The
result often is that as she gains the age of discretion, happi
ness flees and she gets into the divorce court.
HU "Of course there have been happy marriages of girls at
jud&e burke an early age, but that does not change my opinion."
P. J. J. McCarthy of the bureau of statistics, says 100 of everyM.OOO
.divorces in a .year are of persons married under seventeen.