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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, November 24, 1914, LAST EDITION, Image 11

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BY NIXOLA GREELEY-SMITH
New York, Nov. 24 Elizabeth
Coppell, 51 years old, a wealthy spin
ster of Tenafly, N. J., "has announced
her marriage last April to Robert
Douglass Connors, 42 years old, for
merly her chauffeur.
Mrs. Connors admitted her roman
tic wedding at the -Marlborough-
IS A WOMAN OF 50 OLD ENOUGH TO CHOOSE A
HUSBAND? HE IS SURE TO BE RIGHT MAN
ern society and their father, the late
George Coppell, was a wealthy bank
er and a railroad man. ,
The new Mrs. Connors' five sisters
are said to be as incensed as her
brothers over the step she has taken
and have so far refused to recognize
the marriage. All of which consti
tutes, in my opinion, a most ridicu
lous state of affairs
In the first place any woman 51
years old is entirely capable of decid
ing whom she wants to marry with
out advice or assistance from her
brothers and sisters, or from any
body. The former Miss Coppell is not
young enough to be foolish nor old
enough to be senile.
If a woman's life holds ANY years
of discretion she surely enters upon
them in the otherwise dull gray
stretch between 40 and 60. More
over, the new Mrs. Connors and any
pther woman who marries the man
she loves under similar circum
stances demonstrates one thing by
the marriage itself, that she is free
from social snobbishness, altogether
the most degrading form of slavery
to which a human being may be com
mitted. Snobbishness is disastrously pre
valent among American women. It
has its headquarters in New York,
perhaps (you think so anyhow until
you have lived in Washington, D. C.) ,
but in a more enlightened age other
cities and states will declare a quar
antine against it as they do now
against the hoof-and-mouth disease
and other contagious maladies to
which we are all liable, man or beast,
or both.
This rich woman who has married
her chauffeur was in the enviable po
sition of being able to pursue her eu
genic choice of a mate and she chose
a man nine years younger than her- '
self who had occupied an humble po- '
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Blenheim hotel in Atlantic City where
with her chuaffeur-bridegroom she
was spending a belated honeymoon.
Meantime her angry brothers, Her
bert and Arthur Coppell, placed a po
lice guard about their snsters home
"The Towers," known as the show
place of Tenafly, N. J., asserting, that
she would not be permitted to, re
enter it.
The (ppelsaje-well-known -in-eas-J sjtioain. her household,
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