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The times dispatch. (Richmond, Va.) 1903-1914, June 22, 1913, Image 5

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Crushing Suc
cessive Blows of
Cruel Fate T ear
from Them
Dukedoms, Titles
and Millions and
Shatter Love's
Young Dream
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May Et'ncndgc. the Newest Charmer, in Pajamas.
There, little girt, (ton't cry. don't cry.
They have broken your hrart, /
know.
And the rainbcric gleams of your
youthful dreams
Are ihinijs of the long ago
TRANCE to say. the four
most admired and popular
beauties in London are all
very much in the same
predicament as the little girl In
James Whitcomb Riley's charming
old song. Every one of these beau
ties has had a very romantic love
affair shattered. That means to
them Just what having her doll
broken meant to the little girl in
the song.
The case or pretty little May Bth,
eridge is a sad one. but hopes of her
recovery are entertained. May Is
very young, and quite recently she
won a brilliant success on the staga
by her appearance in pajamas. It
was not exactly a novel form of art.
but the way she wore them quite
won the hearts of her audience.
As a sequel to that delightful ex
hibition the noble Lord Edward
FitzGerald, orotlier of the Duke of
Leinster. courted her ardently, and
secured her promise to be his. His
Lordship is just twenty-one years
old. The FitzGerald family is the
greatest in the Irish nobility, and
his brother is the premier duke and
earl of Ireland.
When all the noble FitzGeralds
heard of the engagement they wero
very indignant, and threatened Lord
Edward with all sorts of terrible
things, possibly with having to work.
If he persisted in his plan. Finally
they worried him into jilting the
prett>' little actress. She i3 looking
very tragic, now, and her friends
say that she feels the defection of
her lover more than the loss of
Mb title. Whether she will bring a
breach of promise suit remains to bo
seen.
Perhaps the most astonishing af
fair is that of Gabriello Ray and
Eric Loder. These young people
?were only married on February 29,
1912. Gabrielle Ray is considered
by exa?i>nt authorities to be the
most statuesque beauty that ever
appeared on the English stage.
Every Johnny of Inter
national fame, from Al
fred Vanderbilt to King
Manuel of Portugal, wor
shipped at this beauty's
feet. It was whispered that dukes
and earls wanted to marry her
Out of the whole crowd she picked
young Eric Loder. who had a for
tune of S10.00O.0P0 Although his
family made thoir money in tallow,
they have a fine social position, and
one of them is a baronet
The wedding day arrived, and
every ornament of stage and peerage
was waiting at the church, There,
too, was the bridegroom.
But the fair bride did dot
come, and the ceremony
was deferred.
People thought It was
an exhibition of the beau
ty's capricious ways. Clos
er Investigation showed
it was rather an exhibi
tion of business sense.
1/cder had failed to sign
the stipulated marriage
settlement securing her
the income she needed.
He pleaded that excessive
prenuptial hospitality
had caused him to over
look the formality. He
signed up and the wed
ding took place three
days later.
Now, after barely a
Clever and
Pretty
Gertie Millar,
Whose
Hope of
Becoming a
Duchess
Has Been
Torn
from Her.
Lovely Lily Elsie, Whose Shat
tered Love Romance Has
Wreckcd Her Health.
year of married life, they have
quarrelled, and Gabrlelle Is
seeking a divorce. Her stage
friends say that the Inconstant
millionaire found perfect beauty
a perfect bore, ami sought con
solation with one who was less
beautiful, but more amusing.
The greatest tragedy Is that
of Lily Elsie. She has a very
soulful type or beauty. She
achieved tho record of being
tha most photographed woman
In England Countless .youths
enshrined her picture on their
dressing tables. After declin
ing many brilliant offers she
acceptcd Ian Bullough. a young
Scotchman, with an Income of
5400,000 a year, and brother of
Sir George Cullougli, who owns the
Isle of Rhum
Within three months of the wed
ding society heard that there was
trouble in tho youthful household.
At first it was stated Chat Lily Elsie
would return to the stage. Then it
was learned that she was desper
ately ill and was hiding herself from
?v nearly everybody who had known
her Thoso who have seen her say
(hat she Is a physical wreck, and
doubt whether she will recover.
Her sufferings were greatly In
creased by the hostility shown
toward her by her husband's aristo
cratic family. Strange to say, Ian
Bullough's first wife was nlso a great
stage beauty, and died within a year
of their marriage. She was the
famous Maudi Darrell, and a fo.\\
years ago enjoyed almost as wide
spread an admiration as Lily Elsie.
Beautilul Gabr:elle Ray in Her
Becoming Newsboy Costume.
She Has Fallen Out with
Her Millionaire Husband
Then there 13 Gertie Millar. Weep
for her, tender hearted people, for
she appears to have lost the chance
of becoming Duchess of Westmin
ster and wife of the richest peer in
England. Gertie once made a great
hit in "The Spring Chicken." That
was pome years ago, and she had
won other triumphs years before
that.
She is clever as well as attrac
tive, and the bohemian Duke of
Westminster considered her the best
company he had ever met In a wide
experience. True, she has a hus
band, a popular composer, but it is
understood that he would be quite
willing to part with her. Then the
Duke of Westminster said that he
would get divorced in one way or
another from his Duchess, the for
mer Miss Cornwallis West, who has
been more of a sparring partner
than a wife to him.
The prospect of a duke and
duchess in the divorce court filled
the society gossips with delight.
Advanced politicians made it a text
for attacks on the aristocracy.
Then the King and Queen of Eng
land stepped in. They told the Duke
that he was a disgrace to society,
that ho was paving the way for thvi
downfall of the House of Lords, and
a few things like that. He was told
that a divorce court official called
"the King's Proctor" would inter
fere if he tried any wife swapping
schemes. In short, he was fright
ened out of any idea of getting di
vorced. So poor Gertie Millar can
not be a duchess.

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