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THE COREYS- A STORY OF LOVE
THAT FLED WHEN POVERTY FLED
THE COURTSHIP AND MARRIAGE AND HAPPINESS IN A COT
TAGE OF THE STEEL MAGNATE AN DHIS WIFE — MRS.
COREY'S RETURN FROM THE WEST.
BRADDOCK, Pa.. Pee 27.—Mr*.
Laura Corey, the deposed wife of
W. Ellis Corey, head of the United
States Steel corporation, is on her
way back now to the home of her
It was here in North Braddock
that Laura Cook tir.-t met Corey.
Here she made his home when
Corey's pay was $10 a week, when
the best they could afford was a
little four room cottage With a
"stoop" in front. Since then suc
cess and wealth has come. The
wife who helped Corey to rise has
been laid aside for the charms of
a pretty comic opera actress. And
the wife is on her way back home
to her old friends.
From her car window as the train
draws near the station Mrs. Corey
wiii see the four room house where
THE FIXE HOME THEY LIVED IN WHEN SEPARATION CAME.
she and Corey made their first
home. It is changed in lapse of
A porch has taken the place of
the old "front stoop.''
PRETTY WOMAN SAYS
ONE OF "CARNEGIE'S
ROYS" JILTED HER
MRS. VETTER, THE PLAINTIFF, AND GIBSON D. PARKER.
PITTSBURG, Dec. 27. — The
latest scandal in United States
Bteel corporation circles is the suit
igalnst Attorney ulbson D. Packer,
16, millionaire, one of Andrew Car
legle's business associates, by Mrs.
Mary I. Vetter, 33, a pretty widow
»f this city, for $100,000 for alleged
rreach of promise to marry.
Mrs. Vetter alleges that she be
isme acqqualnted with Packer 8
/ears ago, two jeara after her bus
laud died, and she says that Pack
er paid her attentions until last
On tho hillside below stands the
old Corey homestead. And over
beyond is the first house the Cor
eys owned. It was bought with
money the wife inherited when
Corey, still on a small salary, work
ed in obscurity in a mill laboratory
here. The train that brings Mrs.
Corey home to Braddock passes
within a few yards of the door.
The Corey homestead has chang
ed much. It has passed into other
hands and is now untenanted.
Twenty years ago it stood in a
hollow between the hills. Brad
dock was a village. There A. A.
Corey, father of the United States
Steel corporation's president, rear
ed his large lamily.
W, Ellis Corey went to the vil
lage schools. Later he went to
work at a little coal mine owned
by J. B. Corey, a distant relative,
a was dug back into the hillside
just a hundred yards from the
house. Corey's job was to stand
at the hillside tipple and weigh the
I February and fitted up a palatial
.home for her here. She says that
during ga trip east two years ago,
Packer proposed to her and was
Mrs. Vetter, by her first mar
riage, was related to the Vilsacks,
one of the most prominent Pitts
burg families, bhe has a son 12
years old, who makes his home
Packer is solicitor for the Carne
gel Steel company. Carnegie took
a liking to him on account of his
THE RENTED HOUSE TO WHICH W. ELLIS COREY TOOK
little cars of coal as they ran out
from the mine.
It was about this time, 20 years
ago, that Laura Cook, a pretty girl
with light brown hair, came to the
Corey house. Her mother's family
was an old one in western Penn
sylvania, but there was not much
money. Laura Cook was "help."
She did not co<}k. She was not a
Her position, as described by
those who knew tho families, was
that of maid or companion to Cor
Laura Cook had a good education.
She had gone to a seminary in
Pittsburg after she left the village
schools. The social position of the
Cooks, though few distinctions
were made then, equaled or was
better than the Coreys.
Young Corey saw Laura Cook
daily. And they fell in love. It was
a runaway marriage that was for
given by both the families.
From the coal tipple Corey went
to work at the Edgar Thomson
steel plant at Braddock.
He weighed the cars as the ran
in on a switch past the scales. Then
he entered the laboratory at the
plant. The work was manual and
lability and helped him to secure
stock by which he profited over
$1,000,000 when the Carnegie Steel
company was taken over by the
steel trust He came to Pittsburg
a poor boy from Center county;
graduated from the law department
of tlie University of Michigan in
ISf*'l ana became counsel for the
steel company shortly afterward.
It was about the time ne made his
million, all in one bunch, that he
met Mrs. Vetter.
Packer's answer is a denial of
everything. He denies that he ever
promised to marry Mrs. Vetter at
any time. He makes some serious
charges against her character.
Mrs. Vetter says she has about
150 letters from Packer. She says:
"1 am going to light this through
to the bitter enu. We'll see if a
man, just because he has a million
or so. can trifle with a woman's
affections as he has done. He's
got to pay for 1. — and dearly,
BELLINGHAM, Dec. 27.—Love
fur the wife of another man, it is
alleged, led Jake »erry, a notorious
smuggler, to defy sheriff a. Sunias,
and the town is reported to he in
a state of terror over the threats
for three days Terry has held
the town at bay, and caused Mar
snal Smith to resign.
The sheriff has been called from
here and a shooting scrape seems
certain. Terry took a fancy to Gus
Lindey's wife, and when Lindey
came home, Terry threw him out
of the house. Yesterday Lindey
again tried to enter his house, but
Terry met him with a revolver.
IN SOUTH DAKOTA
(Scrlpps News Association.)
SIOUX FALLS, S. D., Dec. 27 —
it is learned today that Mrs. Robt.
Fitzsimmons arriveu here Monday
and engaged the services of a local
attorney to conduct the divorce
proceedings she intends to bring in
this state when sue has established
a residence, .
tho pay small.
; Tho Coreys still lived in the lit
tle four room cottage on the hill
side. Laura Corey did her house
work day in and day out, as did
the other women in other hillside
homes. Evenings she planned with
Corey how they might rise. Their
first boy, long since dead, was born
i It was all after this.time of sacri
fice and faithful work that their
dreams came true. The Corey resi
dence in Pittsburg, with its wide
verandas and broad shrub covered
lawns, stands in sharp contrast to
the little four room cottage on the
The old Corey homestead where
Laura Cook, the maid, w r as courted
and won by a son of the family,
j fell into disuse. The mine where
Corey earned his first week's pay
is filled in. Little remains the
Mrs. Laura Corey will visit her
husband's father in Braddock. She
will spend some time with her
' mother, Mrs. Frank Campbell, at
Swissvale, near Braddock. And
she will meet her husband, but not
for reconciliation —only to arrange
the details of the divorce.
TACOMA, Dec. 27.—Judge Biyoji
Shimakura, a Japanese attorney,
who has come to this country for
the purpose of studying the meth
ods of American courts, is making
a brief visit in Tacoma. He spent
today at the Fierce county court
house, meeting the judges of the
superior court and attorneys.
Judge Shimakura brings letters
of introduction from a number of
Influential people and he is most
highly spoken of as an attorney and
GETS TO PORT
(Scrlpps News Association.)
SAX FRANCISCO, Dec. 27. —
Disabled through breaking machin
ery, the steam schooner Acme,
owned by Beadle Brothers, lumber
laden and carrying passengers from
Willapa harbor for this post, was
picked up at sea yesterday off the
California coast by the steam
schooner Chehalis and this after
noon towed safely into the harbor.
(Scrlpps News Association >
SAN DIEGO, Cal., Dec. 27.—The
district attorney has received a
dispatch from calexieo on the des
ert telling of the horrible murder of
a Cocopah Indian, who was tied
with wire, his tnroa: cut and then
stabbed. No clue to the murderer.
(Scrlpps News Association.)
NE WYORK, Dec. 27. — Verke3
Is slightly improved this morning,
but there is little hope.
THE SPOKANE PRESS.
610 M TfilfS TO •
ESCAPE Ml COURT ROOM
During one of the cases In the
justice court this afternoon James
O'Donnell, who was arrested this
morning by Officer Roff for being
a bunco man, raised from his seat
and quietly walked toward the door
leading to the street. Had it not
been that Roff saw him, he would
have been a free man for no other
The battleship Nebraswa, under
tow of the tugs Pioneer. Tyee and
Wanderer, of the Puget Sound Tug
boat company, 101 l her moorings at
Moran's for the Bremerton navy
While at Bremerton the battle
ship will have her propellers set,
her hull scraped and receive a gen
eral overhauling. The construction
work will not 1h interfered with.
This will he her only docking until
just prior to her official trip next
It is possible she may return to
Moran's under her own steam as
her builders may desire to test her
machinery. The big guns and ri
fles for the battleship have com
menced to arrive. One is already
here, and advices state that others
have left the arsenal.
While being towed across the bay
the Nebraska was saluted on every
side by mercantile and government
craft. Her appearance created much
excitement along the front.
SIXTY PER CENT
FOR CALL MONEY
(Scrlpps News Association.l
NEW YORK, Dec. 27. — Money
was loaning at (id per cent during
the last few minutes of the market
today and at the close prices fell
off quickly, reaching the lowest
point for today.
Call money reached GO per cent,
the highest point since 1901, at 2
o'clock. Coincident with a flurry
reported that the czar was assas
sinated. Nothing was heard from
Washington to verify the report.
F. J. Goodenough, who was in
jured in the collision between a
Hillyard car and railroad engine
recently, settled with the Water
Power company today for $360. It
is the first claim settled growing
out of this accident.
"Tell me, honestly now, Clara,
i did Harold confess his love last
"Confess! What do you think I
am, a chief of police?"
GARRISON IN A PRIVATE HOU SE DURING MOSCOW REVOLT.
ST. PETERSBURG, Dec. 23.—0n
Nov. LO and 11 there were violent
distr.i iiances in Moscow and many
priva'.e houses were entered, the
READY TO OPPOSE THE MOB
officer in the room knew him.
Roff arrested O'Donnell this
morning for buncoing Charles Kra
ger out of $50 in a card game. He
booked the man and took him to
the police court. O'Donnell was
not put in the prisoners' (lock. but
placed on one dT the benches. He
will be tried this afternoon.
SHANGHAI, Dec. 27.—British
Assessor Twyman resumed the sit
ting of the mixed court today. The
police in attendance but no ad
ditional guard. Normal conditions
WASHINGTON. I). C, Dec. 27.—
The president went to Virginia to
day for a holiday and expects to
remain until Sunday.
LONDON, Dec. 27.—The merch
ants here are suffering from con
ditions in Russia.
TO USC PRIW
on mt nu
At a meeting of the committee
from the 150,000 cluo with the coun
ty commissioners this afternoon to
see if the roads in this county
could not be fixed up by the county
prisoners, it was decided to have
the road committee prepare papers
and Bend them to the commission
ers who would act on the proposi
CINCINNATI, Dec. 27.—I.ong
worth arrived home today to spend
a fow holidays, probably the last
in this city as a bachelor. His
friends are planning a great round
of farewell festivities.
"Did your boy take up manual
training while he was i the high
"Yes, and I understand he could
licit a*ny boy of his weight In the
occupants being forced to defend
themselves with any arms at bfefld.
The accompanying sketch shows
how one residence wa:i garrisoned.
'Scrlpps News Association.)
SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 27.—The
Oceanic Steamship company was
held to answer before U. S. Com
missioner Heacock this morning on
hie charge of having allowed five
minor children to land without per
mission of the immigration officials.
The children are members of the
Hardy family, Australian natives,
en route to Utah.
A warrant was issued this after
noon for the arrest of one John
Kskey, corner of Spokane and Sixth
- charging him with cruelty to ani
mals. The warrant was asked for
by Humane Officer Draper. Eskey
is charged with having two cows
which he leaves out without shelter
and at times without food. Eskey's
boy has been in trouble several
times on the charge preferred
against his father.
ADMINISTRATION BACKS THE LATEST RAILROAD REGULA
TION BILL IN THE SENATE—THE WHOLE QUESTION NAR
ROWS DOWN TO WHETHER THE INTERSTATE COMMERCE
COMMISSION OR THE COURTS SHALL HAVE THE REAL
POWER OVER RATES.
By Gilson Gardner.
WASHINGTON, D. C, Doc. 27.—
The Dolliver hill is the nearest
thing to an administration bill that
has yet made its appearance. It is
not being billed as to "Roosevelt
bill," for certain reasons. Hut any
one who is interested in rate legis
lation will do well to keep an eye
on this Dolliver hill.
After the holidays there will be
a Hepburn bill In the house of rep
resentatives. It will look so much
like the Dolliver bill that an expert
will be unable to tell them apart.
The Dolliver bill Is different from
the Foraker, the Rlklns and all tho
railway-hacked bills in this Import
ant particular: it gives a genuine
power to an administration com
mission to correct rates. It leaves
no room for law suit Jugglery by
which the commissions' orders may
be set aside and its hands tied.
How does It avoid the pitfalls?
Ry giving the whole rate correct
ing power to the interstate com
merce commission, ami providing
lor no appeal to the courts except
that, which the constitution of the
United States insures, and which
no act of congress can take away.
The railroads are protected al
ways by the constitutional safe
guard that private property may
not be taken without due process
o flaw and just compensation. If
the commission so abuses its power
as to confiscate the property of a
railway or to make a rate which
has the effect of confiscating prop
erty, then the railway may always
get an Injunction and have the or
But 10 long as tho commission's
rate is not a confiscation of private
property, the proposed act would
leaev the commission free to exer
cise its rate making power un
checked by any court.
Tho whole fight has come down
to this qquostlon whether the com
mission or the court shall have the
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'real power over rates. Any scheme
by which the railways can get the
question into the courts will satis
fy the railways.
The Klkins scheme Is to havo
every order of the commission sub
ject to review by the courts on the
ground of "reasonableness." The
president is willing to have the
commission's orders,, reviewed on
the ground of "lejpty;" but for a
court to review "reasonableness" of
every order made by the commis
sion would amount to turning over
the whole rate correcting function
to the courts—a thing which the
supremo court has determined to
If the power of review by the
court amounts to anything, it takes
away the power from the commis
sion. If it does not amount to any
thing, why give it? That is tho
whole argument as summed up by
Attorney General Moody.
The move is now up to Senator
Rlkins. He and his committee have
been grinding away at their daily
affairs behind closed doors. He
has not made public the text of
the bill which he Is planning to
report after the holidays. But
President Roosevelt has seen tho
Bikini bill, and has disapproved of
It. He believes, and he is backed
in this opinion by Root, Taft and
Moody, that it has the "little joker"
in it. That is to say, that it has a
legal phrasing calculated to render
the whole rate act practically null
So the administration has sprung
the Dolliver bill.
What will Bikini do? How will
his committee report? Will he keep
up the pretense that he Is support
ing the administration nnd has
come out as a supporter of the Dol
liver hill? Or will he let the com
mittee divide nnd report his hill as
a minority report? He doll not
have to decide right off. Tho
Christmas holidays will give tlmo
to think it over.