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The day book. [volume] (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, July 17, 1912, Image 31

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RpberVvVarrington was thrown
into prison. Mrs, Shrontat was
given her choice of gqing to jail
with him or. going back home
with .her .mother, under the escort
Of her husband and his father.
She chose the latter.
t "Pjsarh that is Mrs. Shrontz,
stopped the .wedding marcht
which Was leading her as a "bride
to Dr. W. E. Shrontz, for three
minute's. And pleaded with heh fa
ther to allow her to halt the cere
mony and marry me," said War
rihgton after his arrest
''But her .father was obdurate
and so the ceremony t went On.
Her marriage with Dr. Shrontz
W&s the culmination of a plan
agreed upon by her father and his
while ,she was but a child. The
Wo oid rrien did not take hearts
iad happiness into consideration;
they thought of only their ojfcp.
amotions ana preierences.'
, "And so 1 feel that now, when
the happiness of the Shrontz
household has been shattered, the
blanie should fall on other shoul
ders than Pearls or mine.
"I accepted fny fate", however,
and never interfered or attempt
ed to interfere with the family
life, and it was not until two
months after Pearl had left her
husband With the intention of Se
curing a "divorce that I saw her
again.
"Then fate, in the person of a
waiter in a Dayton hotel, brought
us together by Seating us at the
"same table hi the dming-roorn.
After that 1 saw her frequently,
ana we aecmea to come to san
Fra.nciscd together, where she
would secure a divorce and w6
would be married,
"From the time we left Ohio
to our arrest in rooms we hid
secured on Sixth ave. our rela
tionship Was eminently proper
and unassailable. She is a good
woman.
"I would never have brought
Pearl out here with flit had there
been 'any happiness iti her mar
riage with Dr. Shrontz, but her
rebellion against ttye wedding
from the first reunited in discord.
"By the ri&ht of 'first love, 6t
the sentiment which the ( world
holds up as perhaps its Highest
ideal, Pearl and ,1 belonged to
each otier, and it Was the ambi
tion of gray-haired men who for
got the meaning of youth and
true marriage that robbed us of
the best life holds. They, not I,
are to blame lor what has be
fallen.
"In casting back over our ac
tions since we left Ohio 1 Can find
nothing for which I can blame
myself or the woman. We may
have defied the social code, but
others have broken something a
great deal more sacred. If I felt
that I had done a real wrong and
if had been necessary for sdme
one to suffer legal punishment, I
stood ready to go to the peniten
tiary." W. E. Shrontz is the husband.
He practices medicine with his
father at Martirtsburg, Ohio. The
father's name is J". F. Shrontz.
The elder Shrontz figured in
his own little side-plot. For. He
Kvas torn between the friendship
ior an oia-time conege mate ana

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