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"I Wish Her All the
UnhappinessThat Is Her
Due," Declares Mrs. Katherine
Ketchum Blake, of the Former Mrs.
Clarence Mackay, Now the Wife of
Surgeon at Head
of War Hospital.
AM a dying woman."
says Mrs. Catherine
Ketchum Blake. "For
Dr. Joseph A. Blake.
whom I divorced yesterday, I
still feel the same love that I
always did because of the great
good he has done for humanity.
As for Mrs. Catherine Duer, the
former wife of Charles H. Mac
kay, who married my former
husband in Parts today, I wish
all the unhapprness that Is her
just due may come to her."
With these words, so woman
ly, so bitter and so sweet, the
curtain goes down on the last
act of one of the most star
tling melodramas ever staged
by high society.
The cast of characters is of
international prominence. Dr.
Joseph A. Blake, who permitted
his wife to obtain a divorce de
cree and then the day after
married the woman who his ex
wife asserts broke up their
happy home, is America's most
famous surgeon and is at the
head of the American ambu
lance corps caring for wounded
soldiers in Paris.
Mrs. Katherine Duer, the
woman he married, formerly
was the wife of the multi-millionaire,
Clarence H. Mackay,
owner of the Postal Telegraph
Company. She is one of the
most gifted women in America.
She has written two novels, was
one of the first American women
to embrace equal suffrage and
has actively participated in all
lines of public endeavor open
to women, and many which
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The first act of this absorbing melodrama opened a year
igo last September when Mrs. Blake began an action for
II. 000,000 against Mrs. Katherine Duer Mackay, charging
alienation of the affections of Dr. Blake. After proceedings
had been carried on in and out of court for several weeks the
suit was dropped, as was also a suit in which Mrs. Blake
sought a separation and $1,500 a month alimony.
Dr. and Mrs. Blake had lived apart for some time before
thM, and when Dr. Blake sailed for Europe last March it was
said that the suits were closed incidents. Before leaving
New York, however. Dr. Blake withdrew from many clubs
and hospitals. He took with him several truuks filled with
furglcal instruments and sold his Connecticut estate.
After Mrs. Blake began her first action, Mr. and Mrs.
Mackay went to the divorce courts and came away two un
married beings. It was in France that it happened and the
court dissolved the marriage without reflection on either of
"She is simply a victim of her own overpowering Jeal
ousy." was Mrs. Mackay's contemptuous answer to Mrs.
Blake's suit for alienation. "For nine years Mrs. Blake and
her husband have lived apart. For years Mrs. Blake tried
to injure her husband's reputation and mtnc by spreading
among Dr. Blake's patients unjust rumors regarding his con
duct. I deny the charges she Is making against me."
'All is over now," said Mrs. Blake, after she had been
told of the marriage of Dr. Blake to Mrs. Mackay. "I was
forced to obtain a divorce to protect my youngest son. I
wished to make provision for his guardianship after I am
gone. However. I did hope they might wait a little while, it
would not havu been for long, before doing this thing.
"I had suffered so much, that I had hoped that this blow
might be spared me. I just feel beaten. I have always been
bitterly opposed to divorce. While I am not Catholic the idea
of divorced persons remarrying during the lifetime of their
former spouses has seemed unspeakable
to me. I never could regard that sort of
thing as marriage.
"For years I have been an Invalid with
heart lesions. During my last Illness, which
was critical, I determined to put aside my
own convictions for th"e sake of my son's
future. I wanted to have proper guardians
appointed, and so I sued for divorce.
"i feel that I have not long to live and I want to be
spared any further sufferings because of my own scruples.
"There Is nothing I can say about Dr. Blake. He Is a
most remarkable man. The wonderful amount of good he
has done for humanity should make everybody feel toward
him as I do, forgiving and kindly. My children have been
taught to respect him for the wonderful work he has done
and to love him.
"I cannot understand it all! I know Dr. Blake loved his
sons as much as I do. But one woman's influence was forcible
enough to take him miles away from them and break up his
home. I find it impossible to break a habit of thirty years.
I will always feel the same toward Dr. Blake and will always
regard him as my husband."
The woman who won Dr. Blake away from his first wife
has lived without experiencing a dull moment.
She was a leader in the most exclusive set in America and
has many times defended the women of the "400." "It Is
such a mistake to fancy that women who have leisure and
money are indifferent and frivolous," she says.
She was one of the first women in America to become
interested ""In woman . suffrage and to work for its advance
ment. As president of the Equal Franchise Society, one of
the earliest formed suffrage societies in the United States,
she accomplished a vast amount of pioneer work.
Her theories of woman's worth in social and political
life, she put -into actual practice. Several years ago she ran
for a position on the -school board at Roslyn, L. I., where
her husband's fine residence is located. She won easily over
her man opponent and kept school affairs humming In the
right direction after her election.
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- A few summers ago, when it looked as if a panic were
about to sweep the country, Mrs. Mackay startled everybody
by bringing through the New York customs ofllce 115,000
worth of summer gowns which she had purchased In Europe.
It was the record for one woman's Importation of summer
wearing apparel. It has been estimated that Mrs. Mackay
spends $30,000 yearly on her gowns.
It was not so long ago that Mrs. Mackay wrote a novel
entitled "The Stone of Destiny." Is It possible that the phil
osophy of love she expresses indicated that even then she
foresaw the destiny which she herself is now meeting?
"I dedicate this book to the one for whom it is written,"
is printed on the dedication page. Was this a dedication to
her husband or to someone else? And again, one 1b inclined
to ask, Just how much of Iferself has she written into this
Many suggestions about lore, and marriage find their way
into the novel which, many people think, reflect Mrs. Mac
kay's own experiences. ' ' -
"The most promising mirriages are often wretched fail
ures," she says In this novel, "only because, the husband re
acts on the wife. " . .,.-
"At first his infatuation deceives- himinto' seeing another
tangible being in what is merely-th'e reflection" of part of his
personality. Presently, when the mirror-Into which he looks
blurs or cracks, or even breaks, he sees the phantom of his
"Man should 'create from every obstacle through which
"Some women find happiness even in living in a mirror.
"A woman will wonder whether her husband thinks she
looks well in her new gown which was made in the style ho
"Some men are too big of heart, too strong of nature,
for women to marry.
"A woman wants to feel the arms of the man she loves
around her, his kisses on her face, those kisses soft as tha
fluttering of birds' wings against her cheeks.
"Love is life, and sorrow is duty after a difference. Say
to the man you love, 'Come with me, listen to mo, for lova
is here and we have but to take it into our hearts.'
"When a man says, 'Because I am young I love you all
the more. You are the first woman In my life and I want
you to be the only one,' try to love him.
"In everyone's lite the time comes when love cannot
rock ambition to sleep.
"A time comes when love will grow pale In the withering;
presence of satiety.
"A man's silence first irritates and then mortifies us.
"Unconsciously a husband and wife drift farther and far
ther away from each other. The parallel lines of their dally
lives stretch across the summer months separated by what to
him was a sheet of glass, but to her an opaque wall.
"Give up some of the love treasures which you hide In
your heart to those who are hungry for it. Give a little of
the love which must be hidden somewhere.
"Love a woman for her way, for a little while. If you
want true love make a man's will yours. If love is all be
tween a husband and a wife thero is no doubt. Love and
doubt have always dwelt together in the young.
"Doubt Is the shadow of love which we see In the early
morning of knowledge. In the noon hour, when the sun has
reached the meridian, there is no shadow, but unfortunately
It sometimes haunts us again before the peace of twilight
and the silence of the night.
"The silence of love will lay its gentle spell upon kin
dred, and they know of no other worlds beyond.
"A woman marshals her facts and surveys the fine, strong
love of a man as though it were within the grasp of her band.
"There are threo kinds of women in the world. The most
prevalent type Is of what I call the shadow women, who drift
over the world and never touch the earth, cannot know its
joys or feel its sorrows. They come and go, and might as
'well have never been born.
"The second is of those who find great happiness, and
from that derive the stimulus to find their vocation and ful
"The third and the rarest is of those who meet and travel
with great sorrow, and in their aching hearts find their op
portunity. "Not always are the women who stand upon the moun
tain sides of history, as did Madame Rqland and her kind,
the ones who accomplish the best work. Sometimes by the
fireside in the small house the mother breathes into her
children's ears that which shall awaken their gifts and make
them great upon the summit of humanity.
"It is not the enchantment of love, but the power of
personality that overwhelms woman for man.
'.'Real sorrows will come soon enough of their own ac
cord "Without our summons, and both husband and wife shall
share, as we turn, the handle of the great wheel of life to
gether. "A woman blames a man for not being satisfied with what
she had to give him of her love."
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