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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, February 08, 1915, LAST EDITION, Image 14

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stands -astonished at the startling
For though there is Joy -within the
3olden Rule Triangle, there is a sad
lened, broken' home in New York,
where dwellsMrs. Mary Ware Den
iett, divorced wife of Mrs. Chase's
super-soulmate, Hartley Dennett
Ten years ago Bhe was Dennett's
ontented wife, and he was- a very
successful architect, a Harvard grad
ate, an athlete, a student and withal
dreamer. v
His dreams were of higher love, of
he emancipated man, and of a new
social system whose chief merit
would be lack of system. Strangely
enough when called upon to plan a
house foe Dr. H. Lincoln Chase of
Brookline, Mass., he found his ideas
harmonized maryelously with those
of Mrs. Ghase, with Tvhom he met al
most dally over the plans. Mrs. Mar
garet Chase is close to 50 years old,
Or. Chase is 55, Hartley Dennett 40.
Dr. Chase was a highly honored
ihyslcian, and Brookline is a strictly
oroper and very aristocratic Boston
3uburb. Hence when Hartley Den
nett, not content with discovering
that he and the doctor's wife were
soulmates, took it upon himself to
proclaim the joyous news to all the
world, thrill and gasp and "ahem"
shook the neighborhood as might an
"I love Mrs. Chase," declared Den
net in open court "But I love'my
wife none the less, for my ideals of
love allow me, though married, to
love ALL women."
Unfortunately the law of Massa
chusetts, as also Mrs. Dennett, had
not yet been emancipated from their
old-fashioned puritanism, and as they
didnot share this free soul's love
ideais he was unsympathetically oust
ed from his home. Mrs. Dennett was
given a divorce and the custody of
her two children,
But Dr. H. Lincoln Chase sublimely
arose to the soul-emancipated plane,
and Massachusetts, feeline its social
structure already rocked to the foun- i
dation, was treated to an even might
ier shock.
For Dr. Chase opened his own home
to the soulmate of his own wif e. The
doctor, it seems, had long felt a deep
affection for the poetic architect
That his wife's spirit also had thrill
ed at the latter's etheral touch pro
foundly gratified the doctor, and
aroused no jar of jealousy in the soul
ful symphony 6t his love.
So Mrs. Chase and Harley Dennett
went up into the wilds of New Hamp
shire, to dwell together on the old
Chase farm. They toek with them
Dr. Chase's two children, Heman L.,
aged 11, and Mary, 17, who are being
educated by the pair. 'There they
lived so quietly that shocked New
England almost forgot the sensation
al romance.
But a year ago Dr. Chase suddenly
recalled it to the "whole American
public. For one day he posted up on
his own aristocratic front door in
Brookline the scribbled notice that
those who wished to see him would
find him thenceforward at the New
Hampshire farm!
He gave up practice, friends, and
honored associations, and went to
live with his wife and her soulmate.
And for over a year, the Golden
Rule Triangle has crowned with a
glowing halo of harmonic happiness
the summit of Mount Plato "Mount
Plato" Is the local name for the emi
nence upon which stands Dr. Chase's
fine brick home.
Purely platonic, say its members,
is their triple love alliance. It is of
the spirit, spiritual. The odd velvet
bloomers worn by its members mere
ly typify in the material Sphere its
spiritual freedom.
At one time a troop of friends -of
the Golden Rule Triangle invaded the
village, all similarly clad in the velvet
corduroy bloomers. Villagers, for a
moment feared that a colony of
emancipated soul-lovers was to be
established. But this the' original
three of the triangle deny, and they
remain, In solitary glory.

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