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L. ou^uai, jJiiiUl'JMJ-JJKR 5, 1920.
Who Would Have Ever Thought That the Frolicsome Tricks Played on Miss Meer, His Serious Minded " Saleslady," Would ? End Up in the Courts! *V . ,'v ;. ' . ? ? . ;Av".V i ' y.4 This Is a Photograph of "The Princess"?Miss Helen Szabo of Mr. Taope's * Millinery Department, Who Was Picked Out to Play the Chief Part in the April Fool Joke. 2 TT was April 1?April Fool'? Day. Mr. '"j I Herman Patrick Tappe, the very well '-i known and fashionable Now York mil* 1 lin> r anil nfr-ror of fcorpeons- powns, strollM into h's establishment. just off Fifth avenue. with a merry smile on his face?he had an inspiration for a joke! "Mis- Mt.t r." ho ? aHoc! to one .of the sale-women, "there will he a customer here to-day that 1 want yeu to give special attention to. is a Princess?Princess Holland of Hungary. M:.rv Garden is send inc 1> r here. I think she will order a larpe number o? expensive gowns." "Oh' Then I shall show you what 1 can do with customers of real quality," said Mis? Mf-r with a little flutter of pleasur able ar.tl ipation. "I'm Hungarian, too, you know " r*:i - -: i* u on to the rear of the shop Mr. T;.-cal".' 1 Mr I.ewis, the manager, and "V .would s:> w you what a uj.-rvel or a sale?* she is if she only iiv 1 a chance at '?? tiit-* riitlit kind of customer. I'm going to told :nf that Miss Meer says she iw vou what a ^.trvel of a n >> s ) to pi*. 1 - r a "hance." " \ i-vreplied Mr Lewis, noting the ?w'1 }?? in t*.o proprietor's eyv>. "Yes -P's an Ai>ril Fool joke. I'm poinp t i lis; tip Mis. f'v. :ho, t.f i' c millinery de part' e- t imvc Vj? r anivo in a ci' as a Hungarian l'rincess. 1'vo told Miss Men :i 'Princess' is coming and to see wh:s' he c:in do." 1: th. millinery department, several llo . rs above. Mr, Tappe found Miss Szabo an-i ex'-1: his joke "('an y. ? play the part of a tvinceiss, do you think?" h.e asked. "<11 :t. tiredly 1 ran. Mr. Tappe." she replied v. ?!. enthusiasm. "Hut Miss Meer Ule'-A - 111" " "(th. ah.ead." said t!ie proprietor. "You can disgliise your voice and man ner. ai.'i > "I'd tetter wear i ? is hat here w:*h ? ? \*? iI i fit t which partially covet s ( ye- Pick '".it from the stuck sonic th.: " : ' 'a t > dress the part. (">o out after \ - i ?. ?? liicsred and drive up'in a limousine and 1 ii ? r> -? nt you." Mr. Tappe strolled arout'd the establish me ' a:. . due time Mr. I ewU < 1 r? ) ? i'. - i" tin- back of the simp "Tin.' I'r ? ? ;:ei .' l.e antcUllced. "A:. h- P'-.: ? >? the proprietor ox* elaii:.' ?!. r.i1 i-rinp i" Mi-.- M< i : and mov ing the front of the house. where a ^or . f-.;" -.re s? .'nl r> p'<-Mb ally powr.t I .it : t !? a < d. wini ;eveial 1 ?>!'? of pearls ah i? the neck, and with quite an iinpres* .. <-h o:" haute.ir in l.- r manner. and ? ? a little of tht bored, languid air t.f i ? in the poise of : t tall, l.ta' csquo fit'111 ?" your Highness will permit Miss M- ? r to nitei.'i you and show y.>u . ? . r appeal t your Ilighm-.-s'* la: y" sa> . Mr. Ta; ? ?? with a \ciy low 1 a:.'i i; hand o:i his heart. Mi M' t-r courte-i< d. b .wed and rev y i ed th>- princely plow Then Mr I appe ventured i > tiriy -t tl at pt r b; ii? ? r lli;'hne.^s in .-hi permit h<-r to t ep .:; iy -t.' wiiii: s' liii wiaps ver' wee', p t?. me i indifferei'.t wlieoeh you dxliibil fairst," the "Princess" i'plied in t!.' in Ken Lnplish < t a for < ipnei Mis- Meer brol." out in voluble Hun garian. "1. I am 11 a>.parlan y .. r ll:ph i ? - ssi:*- e\< laiii!t d "P is truly ,t pi...?i plea; ".r*-, a. v.e.: ;.s ,i privile. . . to serve a ) -.nr i.tu l'r.i. i - - "Take her up tho painted sta < as said Mr. Tappo in Engli: "That's more littiiiR for a Princc ti an that beastly elevator." Two 1!< or;> above the "Princes began orclc rii;g clothes with a truly rc.val nonchalance. Ilor taste? were very decided and she had no comments to mako ?other than "1 will take that one" or "Xo, that one will not do." Miss Moor was concentrating all her skill as a saleswoman upon the ta-;k. The "Princess." with not a little condescension, told her that she was going to Kurope in about ten days and requested ? er order be filled with as much speed as possible. f?o Miss Mi "r a ratted with Mr. Tnppe for the piivilego of sell ins her royal customer the ac tual mod-1 gowns themselves instead <<f sell in : her copies of the gowns she choso. This is at variance with nil the rules of the Tnppe house, but Miss Moor won her point after murh pleading. Also she made her own price: fr>r the various articles. She could see that the Princesr was in the mood to buy anything that pleased her?my! how rich she must be! So in a few minutes the Princess had :-.et<foted two stunning evening wraps. And then the dainty Tappe manne quins glided iu one after an other. clad in shimmering eve nine gown1', piroueied slowlv after the immemorial custom of their trade, and made their exit. As each gown was shown Miss Meer explained its super i ? fitv to Her Highness. The Princess ordered one evening j'nwn. one dinner gown and an afti : ; "oa dre- nil exquisite ai. l all nxp'-hfive "Vou : aid Miss Meer to '1 r. '!.!?;? I t he girls of -t* ' l -'hii :?!. who stood ?Jtt. '.?'?! w t?-cj i-.i in th,e back gr- '> i ?> ;?<?. blood will tell! The Princess's taste is uiierriiii' ! .. . ? i-lwuii *?:> I'm.": >\\? . in tin' plate. And you M1 wl i' ran ti> ''?111?> with thi*. rij-tiit kind ? f !?> the iif?ht kind of snles lady" Aid ?-}:?? nuKgi-sted that this in < !i!i isl v mill] |? r v>- lit r 1 il':<t to an advance; In s-thity. 1 a.-! :i ; Mir'.i! interruption. Otic of tho rithor pnlotuvomett who wnx in till M-rn-t pietrndi ! til ! t:il tl-lit one ot t!'" t:'?????[ ! !?' iM w. <? ??? : hi- wat.tv'l 1'i.r ? i it. Sl: ? an 1 Mi.-s if ? r I in a i? hut slightly arid Cur ?: i.vet v matter. -IJiit t.h. : i I IMNCKSS." Miss Meer j?r? >tf*f= 1 ? ?<! "So far ;? I have anything to do wi'h r v r.ir to f< t anything she wants. ? i t > i a 1 model; tm not just copte " A"'! <i he di.l Mr Tappc. uj I . ? re. of ? iw.->u, decid* ! in favor of toy a It y. Then ti:< l'riin'isn homMi! two sport dr>- . a:.?l a multi?ud" ! hat . and even a iu:-Mon that form* 1 |an of tic d? (ora ti of tie- room. Ami l \ t!iif time sh. w;. buy.-. ; prarti.u!l> anything Mi. i Mccr II mill";. :' ?! No (.in. Knows exactly how much sho Mr. Herman Tappe Who Conceived .<$* and Executed the April Fool Joke and Now Is Asked to Come Into Court and Tell All Ahout It. bought; it was between five anil ton thou sand dollars worth. And all in a half-hour! Furthermore, on leaving, she told Miss Meer to corne to her at tlio Ritz^'arlton with anything else she thought the "Princess" would like. What wonder that Miss Meer was in the seventh heaven of happiness, fflie rushed into the millinery department to tell Helen fizabo, her fellow Hungarian, nil about it. llelen did not appear immediately, but when she had changed from her royal cos tume to her working clothes, she. too, be came excited and complimented Miss Meer and wished she had been there to sec the "Princess"?the "Princess" who had been herself! Then Mr. Tappe told Miss Meer that she would better put all the Royal purchases in a separate room and lock the door. "Don't want these other girls taking thoso models for their customers," he said. "iSo lock the door and keep the key." Which Miss Meer did. And which she exultantly told the other girls. Also situ confided that the "Princess" had said some thing about a little gift, and had asked her (Cl 10-0. International Feature Service. Inc. *v This Is Mrs. Tappe Who Is an Important Figure in the Establishment and Assisted in Making a Success of the April Fool Frolics. if s!io liked sapphires. "I told her of course tliat I did." Miss Moor said, "but that I thought something like diamonds might bo more suitable for wearing. There sire so many things. I couldn't wear a sap phire with, you know, but a diamond? well, that 1 could wear all the time. Hut do you suppose the "Princess" really means to send me a jewel? I've heard that they often do." And lo! Next morning came a mes senger with a note in Hungarian on Uitz Carlton stationery and a jeweller's box in which reposed a very showy sapphlro ring?which had cost little Helen Goldhach, of tho Tappe firm, just u dollar. Every girl in tho Tappe establishment was shown the ring and made haste to ad mire it. The note said that the l'rincess was leaving town that day, unexpectedly, and would Miss Meer hurry the work along. Miss Meer would most certainly do so. Rut this was going a little too far to stiit .Mr. Lewis, ti'o manager. Mr. Lewis is a business man; ho likes a joke, but he couudn't bring himself to think of a few thousand dollars worth of goods altered in the execution of the joke?which to Mr. Tappe was only a detail and a slight one. So Mr. Lewis halted the work of altera tion. "Princess or no Princess," lie said, "we must have a deposit on the cost of tho goods before a single ribbon is altered. Miss Meer was terribly upset. She knew the effect of such an insult upon royalty. She told Mr. Lewis in stinging words just what she though', of his penr.y pinching policy. Then Mr. Lewis, forget ting about the joke, got peeved, too. "Don't lot them kid you," ho said. "I'll bet your Princess is nothing but a faker.' Tli's was too much for Miss Meer, She demanded that tho goods be altered im mediately or she would notify Mr. Tappe. "Why, for heaven's sake, forget it," said the manager. "You're crazy!' "It is a shame?but I'll Wike the bill to iier myself right now," she said. "If any Great Britain Hlehta Hcaervcd. "Ah! The Princess!" the proprietor ex claimed, gathering in Miss Meer and moving to the front of the establishment where a gorgeous creature stood. "Perhaps Your Highness will perm^ Miss Meer to attend you and show you whatever may appeal to Your Highness's fancy," said Mr. Tappe with a low bow. body can not her to pay an advance with out Insulting her, I can. The rest of you don't know how to deal with royalty. You haven't tho tact." So '.o (he Ritz-Carlton went Miss Meer. "No Princess here," said lh<* clerk1. Which did not astonish Miss Mrer. She knew the ways of travelling royalty, "of course; 1 know," she paid, showing the clerk the note in Hungarian. "Shes travelling incognito. Her room is 910 and I shall go to it and see her." And when she knocked on the door cf 010 a man stuck his head out! Aha! she thought, no wonder Her Highness is trav elling incog.' And she explained to tho man that she was discreet and might she not see tho Princess. To the man her ex planaMon was more than confusing. Whm M.ss Meer insisted on seeing some mysteri ous Princess who, she said, was in that very room, tho man called the house de tective. Miss Meer, protesting, was shown to the elevator. Back at Tappe's she telephoned the Princ2ss. She knew that the Prince3s would explain. The telephone operator at Tappe's switched Miss Mrer's call to Helen Szabo. tho "Princess" In the millin ery department. Miss Meer told of her visit. "Oh, my dear, please tell no one," said "Her Highness." "If this gets out I shall bo ruined!" Miss Meer promised secrecy. nut she just had to tell 'lie secret to Helen Szabo, hor Hungarian fellow-em ployee! And that night sho took the sapphiro r.ng to her jeweller. And she couldn't resist telling him how she got it. The Jeweller thought of April 1. Vtul he looked at the ring. "Hard to tell about sapphires at night," he said. "Hut this inay well be worth $lf>0. Mind, I don't say it is?but it might!" One hundred and fifty dollars for a present! There was no uso to tell Mia.? Meer that the Princess was not the real thing after that. And the next day?the third day of 'he Joke?she flashed the ring in Mr. Lewis's face nnd asked him if he still thought the Princess was a fako. Mr. Lewis did. Ho said so. There was a quarrel. The other girls joined in, trying to explain to Miss Meer that tbe whole thing was a joke. She wouldn't be convinced. Then she resigned or was discharged?just which is not clear. So much for Mr. Tappe's April Fool joke as Mr. Tappe and Mr. Lewis and Anna and Miss Szabo and some twenty or thirty saleswomen, models, mannequins, milli nery girls and others recall and retell the details. Put Miss Meer did not seem to think it was at all funny. Tho moro she thought about that bogus "Princess" nnd that ring with the glass sapphire in it and every thing the madder she got, and she went to see a lawyer. Lawyers, of course, can't be expected to have any sense of humor, and this is the solemn, cold, fun-less way Miss Meer's lawyer put hor side of the case in the suit against Mr. Tappe for $15,000: SUPREME COURT, NEW YORK COUNTY. LEONA MEER, Plaintiff, against HERMAN P. TAPPE. Defendant. Plaintiff by E. Paul Yaselll, her attorney, complaining of defendant, alleges: FIRST?That tho plaintiff la and for many years has been a resident of the County of X?:w Vorlc, and that her profes sion or occupation has been that of sales lady. SFCON'D?That on or about the first day of ^pril, ll'UO, plaintiff was in the employ of . .erman P. Tappe. Inc., of which con cern tho defendant herein Is and has been at all times hereinafter mentioned the president. That plaintiff was employed In the capacity of saleslady. THlItD?That on or about the first day of April, 192o, plaintiff was informed by the defendant that a princess would be in to see plaintiff for the purpose of buying some expensive vowns. That a woman representing herself to be a princess did on or about the 1st day of April. 1920. buy or agree to buy several expensive gowns. That plaintiff attended to said princess' wants in rood faith. FOURTH?On information and belief that on or about tho 3d day of April, 1920, defendant falsely and maliciously and with Intent to injure the plaintiff in her good name, credit and in her profession or occupation as aforesaid as saleslady and to cause it to be believed that by mental derangement or unsoundness plain tiff had become Incompetent to perform the said duties of her said profession or oc cupation and was an unfit person to be in trusted with the duties of said profession or occupation, as a result of her efforts to ?ell gowns to the woman that the defend ant stated was a princess, made certain defamatory statements concerning plain tiff in her capacity a1? saleslady In the pres ence of others; to wit: "You are crazy." * FIFTH?T'pon information and belief that said false and libellous statements aforesaid of and concerning the plaintiff in her said occupation or profession, tend ed to produce great damage to plaintiff and lo cause it to be believed by and among her neighbors and acquaintances that plaintiff has become mentally incom petent to perforin the duties of such oc cupation or profession and was an unsafe person to bo intrusted with the duties ap pertaining to said profession or occupa tion. That in consequence of the afore said defamatory statements plaintiff was dismissed fpom her employment, was sub jected to contempt and ridicule, became sick and disabled and suffered great humil iation and damage. WHERRFORR, Plaintiff demands judg ment against tho defendant for fifteen thousand ($15,000) dollars with Interest thereon from the 1st day of April. 1920, together with the costs and disbursements of this action. R. PA PL YASRLLT, Attorney for the Plaintiff. And that Is Miss Meer's side of it. Although, by the way, she has got an other position with a dressmaking house nearby. When the case is tried it should be one worth attending. For into the gloomy, sol emn courtroom will troop the twenty or thirty girls of the Tappe establishment?all chosen for their good looks and good figures?models, saleswomen, milliners? even Mrs. Tappe?who was the famous Anna, Mr. Tappe's model. And Mr. Tappo, with his $15,000 sense of humor will bo there, and Mr. Lewis whose, sense of humor doesn't run into five figures, and oven the. uniformed doorman and carriage opener who attended to various details of the joke. If the case comes to trial the writer will endeavor to be there and give the readers of this page a full report of what happens. a