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MRS. CLEVELAND'S SECOND MARRIAGE
r Frances Folsom Cleveland should excuse the American people
if they are interested in the unofficial announcement that she is to
be married to Professor Preston of Wells College.
She mav not know how much she is Joved, and how highly she
Q is respected by the people of this nation.
in a sense sne is the most intimately loved Daughter of the Ker
Her marriage to President Cleveland was a sentimental sensa
tion Jo us alt unrivalled in interest in White House affairs' since the
double wedding of Nellie Grant and the daughter of General Sher
man. There must have been much of unhappiness and sorrow in her
White House life. It covered a perio'd when, slander, calumination
and gossip ran riot, and when the president was assailed in ways
which we hope would be impossible now, and which cannot have
failed to hurt the fine nature of the beautiful young bride, in spite
of her exalted place
But through it all, she was never aught but a splendid figure of
womanhood and wifehood. Since she retired from the White House
she has made of her .place a strictly private one. She has engaged
in no crusades. She has avoided the limelight. She has devoted
herselfrto her family. But all the time she has been the same fine
figure in the subconsciousness of the American people.
We shall all give her our blessings wheri she marries again.""
The status of the widow of an ex-president has its penalties, no
doubt, as well as its rewards. One of those penalties, we may be
excused for surmising, has been an imposed reluctance to break the
quiet of dignified retirement by any change of marital condition.
And yet, Mrs. Cleveland, as" a .fine, mature matron, may be sure that
the American people will understand and sympathize with her de
sire for the larger life, and the greater happiness of a marriage of
love. - -
She may not recognize the right of the people to have any feel
ing in -so purely personal a matter, but she cannot help it. As a
daughter of whom the republic is very fond and very proud, Fran
ces Folsom Cleveland must not resent it if the people lay on her
head its clumsy hand in benediction. ,
"WiUiedidn'-t I tell you to shut
that shutter?" sa:d Willie's moth
er, '"the shutter's shut," replied
Willie, "and I can't shut it any
Padereivsja, it is said, canplay
over 500 compositions from mem
ory. He needs to read or play a
piece; new to him only twice in
order to memorize it.