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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, December 24, 1914, LAST EDITION, Image 14

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one short year, humiliated before her
society friends, Mrs. Alma Boone lit
tle, wife of Arthur Little, son of a
wealthy physician Jhere, flung this
question into theace of SCIENCE!
"We have pplied all the tests
known to anthropology and physiol
ogy," replied Dean Vaughn of the
University of Michigan and Prof.
E. E. Case,; "and we think you free
from colored blood, but we cannot
make affidavit to it."
Crushed, Mrs. Little returned to
take up the battle anew!
Today all Detroit from slum
kitchens to drawing rooms 7 rings
With the story of the bride without
a race!
"And the 'woman without a race,"
cast from the surroundings upon
which she had gained so firm a foot
ing, sits by the hour with her law
yers, trying Jto -prove that' she has
no negro bldbd in her veins, while
her husband .goes; about the, regular
routine of business. ' " " ,
The romance-of the fashionable
Littles goes', back to the timVwhen
Alma Boone', bundle wrapper In a
Seattle departmehttore,'felI In love
with Arthur Little, then 'a hjmible
drug clerk J"- .
But the story of .this woman's life,
fraught with a hundred stirring cir
.cumstances, running the gamut of
'every feminine 'emdtionT from re
'quited love-to degradation, overbal
ances in its thrilling details the mere
romance of Arthur Little and his
wife! - :
Upon her ability to prove 'that her
father and,mother we'rewhite cou
ple and descendants ofthe pioneer,
Daniel Boone, and that she is not the
daughter of a Cincinnati negress and
her husband, asJalleged by Mr. Little
in court recently, depends her future
happiness, the fulfillmet of her LOVE
and her right to a place in Detroit
society among her friends.
She has undertaken this gigantic
task with a firm heart. Echoes of
the thunderbolt which made her a
pariah in a single moment have
reached Denver, where Mrs. Little
says she was born, and the Juvenile
Protective association of that city '
has headed a movement to help Mrs. i
Little prove her case when it comes
up this spring. I
But the inner details of this amaz- 3
ing expose of a woman's soul will be W
told in Mrs. Little's own words, pre- -pared
especially for this newspaper. "
-jEwo months ago it came out that x
Mr. Little declined to live with his
wife any longer. When pressed for
an explanation, she says, his law
yer offered her $50, in the name of
Mr- Little, if she would go "quietly "
out of her husband's life."
When' pressed for a specific reason ""
it was claimed that Mrs. little had
been sending money to a negress in
Cincinnati. When Mrs. little began. 4
action against her-husband for her
rights as his wife, the charge was''
made tfiat Mrs. little was "tainted
wih colored blood."
Mrs. Little, who claims George and 5
Florence Boone as her parents, says
.that her mother died when she was
six weeks old and that she was cared
for by a colored woman by the' name
of Luella Wade, who had been the '
midwife in attendance of her mother ,
at her birth. ,
In this connection she has the sup-
port of Judge O. N. Hilton of Denver,
chief counsel for the Western Fed
eration of Miners, who says that he
knows that Mrs. Luella Wade adopt-J
ed a White baby.
Dr. -James Smith, a musician of,
Denver; Mrs. Mary Cody Decjcer, sis-
ter of "'Buffalo Bill," and Bradford
Decker, her son, say they remember j)
the adoption also.
Alexander Myers, a 'traveling man
of Denver, says that he knows Mrs.
little's father, and described bim as
a man who mined a little, but wfio'
made a small fortune in curbstone
Mrs. Boone is described as a worn- -an
of marked feature of Scotch cast.
Beginning when, as, -a 17-year-old.
schoolgirls of the most emotional
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