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Hi THE STANDARD MAGAZINE SECTION OG DEN, UTAH, ' 1
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K Not in years nave the stago folk of
H j Broadway and men down in "Wall
Hl street had a shattered romance to
Hj discuss which came right in their
H own circles as strango as that of
H young Raymond' Wlnthrop Bowdoin
H' and his bewitchingly pretty wife,
Hl ', Bessio Maloncy Bowdoin.
Hfj. Yeddcd in haste "on a dare," they
Hc havo had plenty of time to think it
H' over "with care and despair," nnd
Bj now they have gono to the divorce
Bj courts. Raymond, who is 19, the
Hj scion of an old American family, has
K! sued Bessie, who is 20, and Bessie
Kj has replied with a counter suit.
Hjt But these proceedings aro only the
Bji beginning, When the cases come up
ifor trial an astounding story of ec-
: centric doings on the "Great Whlto
t Way" which has not been paralleled
Bf ' since the days of Harry K. Thaw and
Hf Stanford White will be told. It is a
Bf'ii story that may drag in the names of
K young men whose families aro of
B' ' world-wide prominence.
H WAITED TO
Pi GO 05 STAGE.
K And if young Mrs. Bowdoin's
1 threats aro carried out many of these
R youths will be brought into court
1 ' and compelled to tell how they spent
Br their idle hours after dark and fre-
H$ queutly after daylight in the big
Bl Broadway restaurants.
B) All of theso Btorles will have a dl-
B- rect bearing on the marriage of Bc-s-
Bj ' sie Maloney and Raymond Bowdoin.
K ! Therefore, that the strange situation
B ' may De thoroughly understood, tho
HT. story of that strango marriago must
Hr be related in detail. Here it is:
Hfj In the fall of 1914 Bessie Maloncy
Hf lived with her mother in a tenement
Hf house at 164 East Eighty-Second
H street. Although Mrs. Maloney was
Bl poor she had managed to send Bessie
flj through high school and give her a
fll' fair musical education. It became
flf necessary for her to go to work In
H tho fall of 1914.
Hj ' She wanted to adopt the stags as
Bf a profession. Hor mother told her
l to behave herself and get a "real po-
Bijj sition." Then Mrs. Maloncy put an
M ', ad. in the paper stating that a bright
B girl wanted a situation in a business
B ' office, but while she Avas waiting for
B an answer Bessio compromised in
B the dispute as to a profession by
H : sallying forth and getting a place as
m a hat model for a prominent millln-
fl ery firm.
i REALTY WOX
H HER A JOB.
Bt Her beauty and conversational
u powers, however, were not confined
M lo the store. Next door to it was a
Bg preparatory school, where some of
U' our most promising young Amerl-
H cans were being fitted for college.
i These youths were of that age when
f their hearts and brains1 responded
Br more readily to feminine charms
BI than to problems in mathematics,
BI ; history or rhetoric.
K One of them saw Bessio leaving .
B' the millinery store one evening and
W straightway delivered a speech
U which would have made the greatest
Hij oi. Patrick Henry's orations appear
Hj Jlke a business letter written in a
Hijj: basement by a junk dealer from for-
1 eign shores. Of course, tho pretty
B ! hat model responded with fair words
Bi not to be found in a chautauqua lec-
BSj c ture; and thus a "prep" courBO in
ft "getting acquainted" was completed.
B Next day when Bessio approached
Bl the cruol millinery storo to begin
Bl or arduous duties the same young
!M man was awaiting her and there
was one moro "prep" student with
Dj him. This youth was nono other
jt than Raymond Wlnthrop Bowdoin,
HjJ tall, dark-haired, lithe, fair of face
Bii and speech.
Bff Ray Bowdoin's friends always have
B n said that even though ho were a coal
H heaver covered with evidences of
Hl t0?1 h would attract Sirls far above
Bgj bis station in life.
Hffl Well, then, just think of him as
Bjjj not being a coal heaver of being
Bfj instead a descendant of James Bow-
Bj doln, tho Governor of Massachusetts
Bgj who smashed Shay's rebellion in
Bfl 1787; the son of James S. Bowdoin,
E a wealthy New York banker, and
Bff the couBin of tho late Temple Bow-
Hl doin, who was a member of tho bank-
Hl ing Arm of J. P. Morgan & Co. That
Bfl was Ray, and thero ho stood in tho
Bl fall of 1914, all dressed up fit for
Bi preparatory school and smiling on
Bl s il any ATOnder tnat suc smiled
Hl oack shyly, and that when Ray in-
Hi vited her .to dinner she said sho
HI would go and knew of a lovely rcs-
Hl taurant on Third avenue whero
HH meals could bo obtained for 30
Hl cents? All of theso things sho did.
HH Needless to say, liay did not t::lco
Hl her to the Third avenue restaurant.
Hl He took her to Broadway. There.
"Fve got it," Tolled the cynic,. "I've got it, Bessie. Xou nnd Raymond get
married and then lie can go out In the world and do something, and you
can be his wife and bo somebody."
sho met other young men, some of
them from Princeton University,
some from Yale, some from Har
vard. They smoked pipes and clg
arets, looked exceedingly ferocious
and talked about football, rowing
and tho like that is, they talked
that way until the champagno began
flowing, when they would break
forth with college yells and songs
and order the waiters to "fill 'er up
They wanted "something entirely
new in Hfo" and one of thorn got
it. That one happened to be Ray
Bowdoin. On tho evening of Pec.
1 ho and Bessie went lo a big Broad
way restaurant which is near Fifty
ninth street and is noted for the
Romanesque manner In which food
and other refreshments are served.
There they met twenty-four young
men. It was almost a "stag party."
Of course, they had a largo privato
dining-room, and of course tho men
discussed topics of the day until the
"tops" had been taken off tho
champagno bottles. At last, in tbe
early hours of the morning of Dec.
2, up spake one young cynic, say
ing: "Bessie, what's your ambition In
That was tho spark that set the
"I want to go out in tho world and
do something," replied Bessie. "I
want to bo somebody. I am not get
ting along as well now as I would
wish. Trying on hats is 'trying,' to
say tho least."
"I've got it," yelled tho cynic. "I've
got it, Bessie. Yqu and Raymond
get married. Then he can go out
Ray Bowdoin drew a deep breath
and frowned ponderously.
"Thoy've got tho idea, Bessie," he
said solemnly. They've said it. A
morning wedding in Jersey City.
What do you say?"
Now Bessie, being tired of trying
on hats and looking upon Ray as
handsomo and wealthy and likable,
did what many another young woman ,
would have done under tho circum
stances. Sho said: "CalU a taxi."
They called three. The wholo crowd
went to Jersey City and thero Ray
and Bessie were married by a jus- v
tlco of tho peace.
Tho next thing on the program tf
was a wedding breakfast. , -They re- '.
turned to New York and had it in
a restaurant In Sixth avenuo near
Forty-third street. This Is what it,
Ham and eggs.
Champagne. - ..
Afterward brido and bridegroom
and tho twenty-threeo college boys
boarded a train for Philadelphia and j.
had a great tlmo of it thero until
Ray's father appeared unexpectedly
on tho scene.
"Ho wanted us to como back home
with him," says Bessie in telling her
own story of the wedding, "but we
wanted to round out the day with '
our wedding- party, and ho consent
ed. Then next morning wo got up
bright and early and returned to;..--New
York, going at onco to the home '.
of Mr. and Mrs. Bowdoin at 4G5 West' '-'
"Raymond's mother was tho first
to greet us. She threw her arms
around my neck and called me a
Biter' 1ww"" "l 4
into the world and do something and
you can bo his wife and bo some
body, ch? What? I daro you to get
"That's it!" yelled twenty-three
masculino throats. "A marriage. A
morning wedding; ; Lets' make it a
In his baud was a large bouquet. He smiled and throw It at her, and when sho picked It up a largo pioco of paper
dropped out. It was a summons in a divorce suit. That nas tho scquol to tho shattered romanco which
has shaken even that part of tfew York known as "Wall Street."
'dear, sweet girl.' Then sho called
on my mother and when sho return
ed she told mo sho was through,
with me. She said I would have to
consent to having tho marriage an
nulled. Raymond winked at me and
I, thinking it was all' right, said I
would do so.
At this stago of tho romanco Bes
sie says she was receiving an allowance-
fiom Mr. and Mrs. Bowdoin.
She did not become suspicious, how-
ever, sho says, until Raymond re
turned to New York and went to livo
with his parents, leaving his brido
alono in their apartment.
Bessio says sho became so embar
rassed financially that sho was com
pelled to seek employment. A the-
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This Is Bessio Tnlonoy Ron doin, the .(
bowltcliingly pretty young iwfo
of Rnymoiul Winthrop Rowdoin,
whoso marriago "on a dare" lias '
led to tho divorce courts.
atrical position was offered to her.
Sho accepted it and went on tho
stago under tho name of "Bessie
Bowdoin." Tho proud Bowdoin fam
ily mado strenuous objections to
1 this. Hor first stago position was
with tho "Around tho Map" company,
which, after a successful run in New ;
York, went to Philadelphia.
There, while tho girl was singing
in the chorus, she observed one of
tho twenty-four college friends of
Raymond occupying a box. He nod-
ded to her and smiled. Sho returned j.
tho smile. In his hand was a largo I
bouquot He throw it at her. She
picked it up, smelled the American
Beauty roses that comprised It, and
out dropped a largo piece of paper. ';
A woman's curiosity prompted her
lo hido and read it when sho went ,
behind the scenes. It was a sum- ;
mons in a dlvorco suit brought In j
New York by her husband. Tho suit
was brought 'by a Mr. Bains, said to ji
be associated with tho law firm of j
Choate, Larocquo & Mitchell. Mr. ,;
Bains sued as young Bowdoin's guar-
(Copyright, 1916.) 1