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The day book. [volume] (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, September 26, 1914, LAST EDITION, Image 2

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Now and then the curtains are drawn aside and you see the inside.
This is one of the times when conflicting emotions and interests and es
pecially conflicting passions throw the eternal triangle on the public screen
where all may look and then fold their mantles closely about THEIR
own skeletons.
This is a storyof jife in Chicago's richest and most exclusive circles, as
told by the parties themselves after their warring interests sent them into
the public courts to complain each of the other.
It gives you a glimpse into Towers Court, the Chicago home of the
Edward S. Adamses, and into their 'exclusive home on Deerpath avenue at
Lake Forest, where so many of the exclusives have gone to draw them
selves away from the crowd and live the exclusive life they foolishly believe
leads to happiness.
Often in the great Chicago Tribune you have read stories of the in
fidelity of men and women. Few of them have had sufficient influence to
get that newspaper to suppress the stories of w"hat they call their private
affairs. This story brings m the story i
of a part of the private life of Robert
R. McCormick, one of the publishers
of the Tribune, a bachelor, a man
born with a silver spoon in his mouth,
a social favorite, a prominent man
among men and among women.
The other characters in the story
are Edward S. Adams, Board of
Trade man, first cousin of Cyrus H.
McCormick, leader in business and
social and club circles and his
former wife, Amie de Houle Iswin Ed
wards, who secured a divorce last
As always, the woman will suffer
and she is a woman Just as other
women, even though surrounded
with wealth and luxury and the
story indicates that both men in
volved have the common .characteris
tics of male human beings.
While this story has been on the
wagging tongues of society gossips
for months, it has worked its way to
the public on the instalment plan.
First, the action for divorce, brought
by Mrs. Adams with its picture of
the drunkenness of the husband
clubman, with his numerous cock
tails before dinner, his going to sleep
in his chair at the table, food falling
from his mouth all this told to the
court by the wife truly a drawing
aside of the curtain of exclusiveness.
Then a motion in court by the
husband to have the divorce case re
opened. Then the arrest of McCor
mick's chauffeur and a four-hours'
grilling by Nick Hunt, head of a pri
vate defective agency. This followed
by a suit for damages against Mc
Cormick by Frank Pizza, the chauf
feur, because of his arrest on a
charge of taking commission on auto
supplies bought by him for his em
ployer. But, preceding this last, was a
praecipe filed by attorneys for
Adams, forerunning a suit for $300,
000 damages for trespass. And final
ly the climax the filing of a declara
tion in a suit for $300,000 damages
against R. R. McCormick by Edward
S. Adams, the husband who claims
he was wronged..
And this declaration gives the other
side of the story as told by the hus
band, who claims he was wronged
by his friend, who had enjoyed the
hospitality of the Adams family in
fact, made his home at the Adams
residences in Chicago and Lake
Now Adams charges that his form
er friend made love to Adams' wife
while living at the Ada'ms home and
enjoying Adams' hospitality. There
is a Ibt of gossip concerning details
of this social mess, but The Day Book
will hold its story to the charges
made bv the wife against the hus
band, and then by the husband
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