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SAN^FRANCISCO, SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 1903.
SIMPLE COUNTRY WOMAN, BELOVED FOR HER CHARITY
AND DOMESTIC VIRTUES, IS FIRST LADY IN FRANCE
'•what *• worries he will now -have!" *
Madame Emile Loubet does not take
FIRST LADY IN FRANCE, AND
AMERICAN BRIDE, OF ENG-'
dignity that pleased them well, and has
done her duty by Paris society as easily
and effectively as if all her life had been
devoted to that sort of thins.
Mme. Loubet belongs to one of the best
bourgeois famll'es of the Drome. Her
maiden name V...8 Picard and until her
marriage in 1869 she lived with her pa
rents at Montelimar. M. Loubet was at
that time a barrister there.
" Montelimar Is quite a commercial town
In these days, noted for Its hats, coal and
nougat But it has a good bit of his
tory transcribed in the pages of its past
and was the scene of much warfare at the
time of the Huguenot troubles. In some
parts of the old town are quaint build
ings and vestiges of the ancient walls
and towers. In all the boxes of nougat
on sale until quite recently a few lines
of poetry were always enclosed affirming
. Montelimar est la Datrie
Des bons coeurs et des bons nougats.
And judging by the interest Mme. Loubet
takes in all charitable works it seems as
though she, has the . proverbial "kind
heart" of which her native town boasts.
A SIMPLE PAIR.
M. Loubefs father owned, a farm near
Marsanne. some, ten miles from Monteli
mar, and was 'Mayor of Marsanne for
• Emile would have taken up farming
willingly, but his father was ambitious
for his two sons and wished one of -them
to study law and the other medicine. '
¦ When the President of to-day was a
young man preparing for. his legal exam
inations he had a room on the sixth floor
of a house in Paris just near the Luxem
bourg Palace, where, forty years later,'
he was destined to . live for a time.
M. Loubet,' like his wife, is extremely,
simple in his habits and his dreanv Is to
end his days in the country In the midst,
of his family, with his gun- and plpe v "for*
recreations. It is generally known that
he has bought . a ; chateau, to" which he",
intends to retire ; when hia term of Presi- ?
dency comes to an end, and that Madame*;
looks forward to this chateau as much as*
her husband ¦ does. This simplicity "runs' ¦
in the Loubet blood.; Parisians have not
yet i forgotten ; the way in ; which M. -Lou- ['
bet's aged mother took the news of ¦ the *
honors .which had fallen to the lot of her
son when he^was elected President. ? " ;;•'¦ '
"Poor fellow," she evclaimed vwhen sh'e' ¦
read the telegram announcing the event,;.
She Is a famous housewife, economical,
simple and fond of her children; she real
ly cares little for society and looks for
ward to the time when she and her be
loved Emilc may retire from the Elysee,
the French White House, to a quiet farm
Lack in the country whence she came;
yet ehe has ».ntertalned a long succession
vt kings under her roof with a simple
simple country folk it Is usually
forgotten that, officially, Mme. Loubet
is "the first lady In France." But the
fact that she Is almost never wrltte*n
ebout makes her all the more Interesting,
and, besides, the mistress of the Elysee
Is no ordinary sort of woman.
PARIS, Sept 12,-Just because
some of the haughty old aristo
cratic families of France under
take to look down on President
i<oubet and his wife as being
With a Rare
LONDON, Sept. 12.— Mr. and Mrs. An
thony Hope Hawkins, who have been in
the country since their marriage, have
now emerged from their honeymoon suf
ficiently to come up to London occasion
ally. They were dining at the Carlton a
night or two ago and expect to be at that
hotel mora or less until late in the au
tumn, when they will probably take a
house In town. *
Mr. and Mrs. Sheldon. Mrs. Hawkins"
parents, who have done considerable en
tertaining at the house they have been
occupying near Regents Park, are en-
Joying a holiday after the gayetles at
tendant on their two daughters' weddings.
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Ainley have gone to
Constantinople. This Is their real wed
ding journey, as at the time of Mr. Aln
ley's marriage with Miss Suzanne Shel
don his stage engagements would not per
mit of a Ions absence from London.
The Ainley wedding, by the .way, was
celebrated at Chlddlngfold, the little town
where Mr. and Mrs. William Faversham
(Julie Opp). who have taken Richard Le
Galllenne's house there, expect to live
until after the visit of the stork, late In
Author and His American Wife Will
Taks Up Their Besidenca
ANTHONY HOPE. VISITS
LONDON WITH: HIS BBIDE
favor of the army and Is to bo seen at all
military reviews and balls.
* In ordinary everyday Ufa M. and lime.
Loubet are by no means ostentatious.
The President Is an early riser. H«
usually get3 up between 5 and 8, takes a
cup of chocolate and Is with his family
until 'about 8 or 8:30. He then goes out
for a constitutional with his son. M. Paul
Loubet, who is now about 20 years of age,
a barrister at the Cour d'Appel, and also
a conselller general of the Drome Depart
ment. From about 9:30 to midday the
President attends to state affairs and re
ceives the various embassadors. Prefects,
Mayors. Deputies or Senators who have
requested an audience. At noon luncheon
is served and at about 2 .o'clock, if there
should be no official visit to pay, the
President drives out. sometimes' taking
the reins himself, with the groom mount
ed behind.- and sometimes accompanied
by Mme. Loubet. He dines alone with
his family whenever he can, preferring a
meal of only three courses with a little
light claret. Throughout the evening he
usually reads and smokes steadily.
Mile. Marguerite Loubet, the eldest of
the President's three children, married M.
Soubeyran de Saint- Prise, who Is now a
judge at Marseilles. The youngest boy,
Emile, Is about 11 years old.
Not only does Madame Loubet enter
tain well, but she always welcomes to
the Elysee artists and scientific and lit
erary men. She always accompanies the
President on his visits to the salons and
to the studios of many of the well known
artists. ' She also ..takes a keen interest
In ¦ women's work of all kinds, and al
though not by any means one of the
"platform women" species, she Is always
willing * to discuss the feminist question.
Furthermore,, she always accompanies
the President to any manifestations In
Madame Loubet is an excellent hostess
despite the gibes of the old aristocracy,
and has proven herself quite equal to the
entertainment of royalties from other
countries. At the time of the exhibition
the kings of Sweden, Greece and Bel
gium, the Bey' of Tunis, the Khedive of
Egypt and the Shah of Persia were all
received by » the President and his wife.
and during the Franco-Russian fetes the
Czar and Czarina were delighted with
their reception at the Elysee.
AN EXCELLENT HOSTESS.
On New Year's day she makes a pres
ent in money to a certain number of
widows who ; are left with children to
bring up and who, during the winter sea
son,' find it to make two, ends
meet. It was due to Madame Loubefa
petition to the Prefect of Police that the
vendors of Christmas toys were able to
keep" their stalls upon the boulevard a
week, longer than formerly. It Is general
ly acknowledged that no ' one who Is
worthy appeals to the President's wife
in'vain, and her help is all the more val
uable from the. fact that she takes the
trouble to learn . something about the
charities to which she subscribes so gen
Madame Loubet is above all, things an
exemplary wife and mother and sha has
made a special point of visiting most of
the creches and dispensaries in all the
various departments of Paris. She has
also been indefatigable in her rounds of
the hospitals, making generous gifts wher
ever she. goes .and invariably carrying
with her to the children's asylums a sup
ply of toys and sweets for distribution.
any active, part in political matters, all
her spare time and energies being devoted
to charitable works. As soon a» she was
installed at the Elvsee Palace sha was
elected president of the Society of the Bed
Cross,- and only a few days later she was
presiding at the meeting of that admir
able "Union of French Women" the ob
ject of which is to train women as sick
nurses. Many ladies of the highest rank
belong to this Union and ambulance work
is specially taught so -that in case of .war
French women of every station in life will
be ready to devote themselves to hospital
Mme. Loubet Longs for Quiet Life
.Which Will Follow Her Hus