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MARRIAGE HAS MADE HER SO SLIM SHE CANT GET WORK,
MOVIE STAR TELLS. COURT IN PETITIONING FOR DIVORCE,
BONNER APPEALS TO
LOS ANGELES JUDGE
She Accuses icr Husband of Paying Garnishee
to Rival, Who Is Gladys Walton, to Avoid
Judgment tor Alimony?Allen Wynes Alex
ander, Screen Writer, Is the Defendant
Accused In Divorce Proceedings.
WITH half the women of the civilized world seeking
to become slim and the other half seeking to re
Priscilla Bonner, the motion picture star, is demanding a
divorce on the ground that she IS slim and hasn't been able
to get any fatter!
Nor is this any publicity propaganda to direct attention
to the ethereal figure of the young actress. ?
On the contrary, Miss Bonner asserts that her paucity of
avoirdupois, so to speak, is an absolute hardship, and that
while this idea of wasting away to a shadow may be all
right when it ia a voluntary sacrifice of human anatomy, it'a
quite another matter when the sacrifice is compulsory after
the fashion of Shylock and the pound of flesh!
Just a year ago Mlaa Bonner wan
leading woman with Tom Oallery
in the motion picture "Walling
ford's Son." and drawing an an
nual salary that far exceeded her
weight In* gold. Slie was then 105
pounds, chtc, blonde and care-free.
As the Walllngford picture
neared completion, flattering of
fers ware made to her. and Pris
cilla bade fair to rise to first mag
nitude among the stars of film
| But then she met Allen Wynes
Alexander, writer of short stories
and scenarios, and forthwith _ her
dreams of a career were eclipsed
by the desire to wed. Her heart
became lighter than ever: she
seemed to rise above sordid things
like salaries and labor; her head,
so to speak, was in the shell-hued
clouds of romance, her feet were
no longer on the ground.
PRECIOUS POINDS VANISH.
Whether Allen Wynes Alexan
der felt the same way is not dis
closed by the records?but some
thing of the same indifference to
gravity appcT-s to have pervaded
him. Of that, as the poets say.
It was not until after they were
married that Prlscllla began to un
derstand why she had felt so light
of heart and light of head. The
Incontrovertible sprlngless lever
scales grave her the1' answer ln?
pounds and ounoes and fractions
She wan literally fading away!
Then, she Bay a, the bridegroom
left he*, and lacking hla support,
Prlacilla was left almoat literally
without the traditional visible
means. Of course there were other
grievances, bu? none so weighty
as this loss of weight.
At first tfte girl thought she
would recover the precious pound
age when left to herself. Marriage
is supposed to broaden one?but
Priscilla found that It only made
her narrower, and narrower where
it showed tnost.
DRASTIC REMEDY SOUGHT.
So she applied to Judge Summer
field, that kindly Los Angeles cadi,
for a divorce. On the vergs of
tears, she delicately stepped to the
witness stand, rested a minute
after the exertion, then pleaded:
"Oh please, judge, won't you
. This was a bit unconventional,
and the court, obviously flustered,
fumbled with its glasses, rubbed
them thoroughly on a silk handker
chief, hemmed a bit and then
hawed, and asked Just how the lit
tle lady desired to be assisted. One
can never be too careful, on or off
the bench, In discussing these mat
ters before committing one's self.
The judicial precedent* Indicate
that It la often embarrassing.
So Prlacllla explained, with her
* large, fawn-like eyes glistering?
and not with glycerine, either:
"I Juet can't get a Job. Not a
easting director will employ me.
I'm too thlnf"
Judge Bummerfleld was sot to
be blamed If he did polish his
glasses once more and stare at
the svelte young woman confront
ing him. And as he looked he
seemed unable to quite under
stand, but Prlacllla explained,
'.'When I married I weighed 106
rounds. When my husband left
me I dropped down to eighty-two
pounds, and now"
At that point Prlscllla's husband
stated cynleally that she weighed
ninety-eight, but the witness con
"I weigh only ninety-two now,
not ninety-eighty, and I?don't?
Twenty-^hree pounds light at one
FILM STARS CLASH
WEIGHED AND FOUND WANTING!?Priscilla Bonner
delayed "her demand for alimony until her precious avoirdu
pois fell off so that no director would employ her for the
screen. Then she sued her husband, naming Gladys Walton
as the recipient of his money, and so a compromise was
effected that resulted in the withdrawal of the suit.
period and even now only restored
to within thirteen pounds of the
original weight. And while the
Judge stared. Prlscilla told more
of her marital woes, with the as
sistance of her lawyer, William E.
Judge Summerfleld was told that
In order to avoid paying allAony
to the slim Prlscilla. Husband Alex
ander has arranged that Gladys
Walton, a rival star of screenland,
rather heavier than his wife, shall
draw his weekly pay check.
NAMED IN SUIT?Gladys Wal
ton promised never to remarry
when she waa divorced rwolly,
but ihe couldn't promise to keep
hfr name out of coart, wherefore
PrinrUia Bonner, fighting for ali
mony, declared Gladys nai getting
all her Jbusbaad'a cash.
This waa dramatically denied by
Mr. Alexander, who instated that
he waa broke, so very broke that
he had forgotten the feel of money,
but Lawyer Lewis Instated it waa
so, and requested the court to con
sider the "poor, Uttle penniless
wife, ruined la her profession by
her husband and reduced to ninety
two pounds, and not pounds ster
ling. destitute and with a future
draped in clouds."
Again a denial from the har
assed husband, but Mr. Lewis went
even deeper into the situation and
"Mr. Alexander meanwhile haa
bean living at an ex pe naive
Hollywood hotel, giving lavlah din
ner* wherein the tavora are cold
cigarette caaea. and all the while
he la planning aabtly to beat hla
wife out of alimony."
AMPLANBS AND ALCOHOL.
Again Alexander denied It, but
Mr. Lew la, encouraged by the
beaming eyea of hla client, con
"And he haa been consuming
two caaea of gin every weak." v
Whereupon the huaband took the,
stand and again denied It. but the
"What about that airplane?
and those blooded horaea?and
thoae dosen cigarette caaea yon
boaated you owned one night la
BWore the wttneaa could respond
hla own oounael cut In with:
"Oh. that warf the gin he had
At that Judge Summsrfleld.
hearing the aame maglo word
twloe, hitched hla chair closer and
"Say, Just tell ua all about thla
gin now!" fc
PITFALL AND GIN.
Right there the case aeemed to
turn agalnat>tha huaband, and he
"Honeat, Judge, I haven't got
a drop. I only wlah I had!"
1 Before the Judge could com
ment, Lawyer Lewla, for Mlaa
Bonner, called out:
"Haa a liar by the clock!" ,
Judge Summerfield aeemed aome
how dlaaatiafled with Mr. Alexan
ders explanation, even when hla
"Calm youraelf, pleaae. And,
Judge, If he had any gin I would
be the firat to know about It!"
Tet the auggeatlon of the aubtle
liquor pervaded the oourt, and the
Judge, indecisively, finally turned
to Prlaeilia aid said, comfortingly:
"Now, 111 continue thla case a
few weeks for consideration. But
I can tell you that If I find your
husband haa money enough to
buy gin, I'll see that he apenda
some of that money paying you
He did not refer to Mlaa Wal
ton's alleged garnishee rights on
Alexander's salary, but that, too,
la understood to be under conald
CLUB FELLOWS ALL.
Not that Judge Summerfield dosa
not know Mlaa Walton?on ths
contrary! Only three months ago
she was before him seeking free
dom from one Frank R. Llndell,
and the Judge granted her that
freedom. They had been married
only fourteen montha, about the
Mm* period that the Bonner-^ex
ander alliance endured.
Miss Walton charted cruelty,
noneupport and neglect, and she,
too, appeared In persqn, casting
her eyem, which have been de
acrlbed by admirers as "divine,"
?bout the prosaic courtroom.
Just before the gallant Judge
signed a decree (or her he leaned
over and, with the memory of one
Rudolph _ Valentino's adventures
still In his mind, he demanded:
"If I give you this divorce you
won't get married again, will you?"
And with every feature register
ing horror, Miss Walton replied:
"I should say not!"
Whereupon the decree was signed.
The reference to Mr. Alexander's
airplane ambitions recalled that
when he married Priecllla, Just a
fortnight after Gladys won ^>er de
cree last year, he promised to take
? honeymoon trip to New York
from filmland In a biplane. But
something or other went wrong,
and instead they staysd on the
And all that la worrying Prls
cllla'a lawyer now la the fear that
hla little client will gain weight be
fore the alimony award la ad
But after two daya' conference
with lawyers, Priacilla found that
ahe would not have to depend on
the court's decision to retain her
weight. With all the evidence In
and a favorable decision loomlife, ,
the alender star astonished her )
frlenda with the announcement
that ahe would withdraw the appli
cation for divorce. Rumor had it
that Mr. Alexander had capitulat
ed, and that his wife would no
longer find It neceaaary to undergo
Queer Fish Climb Trees
And Blow Themselves Up
rS angler, or flahlng-Crog,
with lta mouth almoet aa
wide aa lta body la lone, la
on* of the ve ry queerest of
flahea. On lta back It . haa a
number of thread-like append
agea which other flah think are
the email organisms which form
their own food.
Before they have diacovered
their mistake they have fallen a
prey to the frog, which doea
not mlaa much, with auch a
capacious mouth. Ita appetite,
too, la enormous; for In the
atomach of one aa many aa
aeventy-flve herrings were found.
The eea-horae of Auatralla
Uvea amongst aeaweeda. being
camouflaged by a floating fringe
reaembling the weeds, which
enablea it to lure lta prey cloae
enough to be captured.
Another Instance of camou
flage for the sake of obtaining
food la that of a prawn and a
amall flah which live inside the
mouth of a gigantic anemone.
They are both white, with red
linea, and theae colors act aa
a anare to numeroua email
creatures which the anemone
kills, and all three have a share
In the apoila.
There la a curious family of
fish to which the climbing
perch of India belongs. They
are coytantly In and out of
the water, and often travel over
land. In the rainy aeaaon they
paaa from stream to stream,
and from pool to pool. When
the hot weather cornea they
bury themaelvea In mud, from
which they emit a gurgling
aound. If put In an aquarium
they will escape If they are not
The calllcthys, found In the
rivers of tropical America and
the West Indies, cannot live for
more than a quarter of an hour
under water, and has to rise to
the aurface to breathe. It has
been known to live for five days
entirely out of water. t
The perlopthalmua, common on
the ahorea of Indian and Aus
tralian aeaa, frequents roots of
mangrove treea. When at peat
It Ilea with Its body out of the
water, the tall only being
lmmeraed, and it goea ashore in
search of food.
The blenny quite commonly
leavea the water, apparently
liking plenty of air to breathe.
In South African waters awlms
a fish something like a toad,
and rejoicing In the name of
bllly-blow-up. This Is derived
from its practice of puffing it
self out when caught. Another
of Its peculiarities is that of
Pilchards?to come back to
our own fish?have a wonder
ful sense of smell, and can
detect a favorite food, consisting
of the spores of olive seaweW,^
futly twenty or thirty mil? '
away, especially after spawning,
when they ar? thin and raven
It is a curious fact that. If
food Is abundant, the fish appear
in shoals; but when It Is not
particularly plentiful, they do
not arrive in auch great num
bers, as If some Instinct told
them just how far the supplies
would go round.
LOVES OF LANDRU STORY OF THE FRENCH SUPERVILLAIN
(Continued from Page S.)
assigned it to him by her own
signature?as security for a sup
Dosed debt?a fact which she had
never noted in the deed she had
That momentary remorse hav
ing passed, Landru became bright
and amusing, relating to his visi
tor some humorous anecdotes, and
eating his dinner with a relish.
More and more fascinated became
the young widow by her new
friend's charming manner. H?
was assisting her out of a serious
difficulty, and even if marriage did
not result, she felt she had found
a true friend. To her he revealed
the artistic and poetic side of his
nature, for as they feat there at
that fatal repast he became roman
tic. and quoted verses from his
favorite de Musset, and recited to
her the greater part of de Vigny'r
poem "Dolorida," which com
"JCst-ce la Volupte qui, pour ses
Furtive, a rallume ces lampes soli
She sat listening entranced at
the even cadence of his soft, mu
sical voice, all unconscious that
the Hand of Death had already
been laid upon her.
Presently the assassin rose, and,
taking the two silver baskets con
taining the fruit from the buffet,
placed them upon the table.
"May I offer you some grapes?"
he asked, with that exquisite po
liteness which he so frequently as
sumed toward his victims, and
?he, finding the fruit so tempting,
clipped off a small portion of the
"HOW beautiful they are!" she
exclaimed admiringly, and next
moment placed one in her mouth.
"Yes," hs admitted. "But, per
sonally, I > never eat fruit. It does
not agree with me," he added, with
sinister meaning. ?
At that moment the old serving
woman sntered with coffee, but
scarcely had she gone when there
oame a ring at the door, and the
old woman announced that Mme.
Juvanon had oalled.
In a second hs recognised the
name as that of a some
what obscure actress, with rod
hair, living at Courbevott,
with whom he had a few months
before been In negotiation for the
sale of some jewelry to old L<epic.
the thieves' "fence," out at St
Denis. There was no harm in tne
two women meeting; therefore, he
ordered her to be shown in, and
welcomed her warmly.
"Ah! my dear Madame," he
cried, and next moment he intro
duced her to hia visitor. "Com?,
?it down," he urged. "You want
to see me on buaineas?eh?"
Her reply was In the affirma
tive, whereupon the little wnr
widow suggested that she might
retire into the adjoining aalon.
"Not at all," Landru instated.
"Madame will take coffee wlthtus.
We can talk ,afterward."
"My business is no secret," re
plied the actress. "I have Just
accepted an engagement at Nice
and afterwards at Bordeaux, so I
am leaving Paris, and my friend
Jacques BIJ&ard, whom you know,
suggested that you, being a deal or.
might be able to dispose of my
furniture. Do you think you could?"
"Possibly, mads.me," he replied.
He knew Jacques Bijard, the wom
an's friend, as an International
thief, for the jewelry he had sold
to old Lepic had been stolen.
Madame Juvanon was poiMnd
of several shrewd friend*; there
fore, Landru had Ion* ago real
ises that ahe waa not a person to
They were all three chatting
when, suddenly, the telephone
Flambeaui Party Visits ObeFaniinnieFgauji Passion Play
(Continued from Flrat Page.)
free the cagpd doves, which In a
white flock fly away to the neigh
boring woods, as the stage is quite
open to the out-of-doors. This
scene gives the theme of the play,
as the anger of the high priests
and scribes is inflamed to the
highest pitch, and they swear to
take vengeance, which they pro
ceed to do, the following ecenea
developing the plot.
We see Jesus at Bethany, with
His disciples, Mary Magdalen and
, Martha, and Lasarus. He takee
leave of His Mother, the Virgin
Mary, and goes with his disciples
toward Jerusalem. Judas, who
has been Incensed at the scene of
the Magdalen anointing the feet of
Jesus with the precious ointment,
now plots with the high priests,
and agrees to betray his Master to
them for thirty pieces of silver.
The Bible text Is closely followed,
and the Last Supper Is celebrated
by the 8avlour with His disciples.
Waahma Their Feet
It is on this occasion that He
washes their feet, a scene which is
enacted with all the aesthetic
grace that may be Imagined. Each
disciple removes his sandals, a few
drops of water are poured over the
feet by another disciple, the
Saviour kneeling a^d wiping the
feet of each In turn. Judas with
draws from the feast and plots
with the priests, while we see
Jesus with his disciples, and alone.
In Oethaemane, when an Angel ap
pears to Him.
He la betrayed. The aoldlera at
first are almoat overcome by an un
seen power, but Jesus makee no
reaiatance and Is led away, after
ward to be arraigned before
Calphaa, Herod and Pilate, who la
a (rand actor and whoae part In
cludes the famous washing of his
hands of the matter. The Saviour
Is condemned and crodfied. dies
on the cross. Is burled and rises
a grain in accordance* with Biblical
accounts, and appears first to the
Magdalen, afterward to His dis
ciples, th? ascension being the
Interspersed between tha acts
are tableaux of Important subjects
from the Old Testament, some of
them being taken from the
Apocryphah, and Including such
themes as these: "The Sons of
Jacob Conspire Against Joseph,"
"The Departure of Tobias From
HiSi Home," "The Lamenting
Bride in the Song of Solomon."
"Vashtl Rejected and Esther
Chosen Queen," "The Manna in
the Wilderness," "The drapes
Brought by the Spies From
Canaan," "Joseph 8nld by His
Brethren," "Adam and Eve at
Work," ""Joab Murders Amassa,"
"Mtcaiah the Prophet Receives a
Blow on the Cheek for Telling
Ahab the Truth," "The Innocent
Naboth Is Condemned to Death by
False Witnesses," "Samson Is
Made Sport of by the Philistines,"
"Joseph Made Governor Over
Egypt." "The Goat Sacrificed as a
Sin Offering," "Isaac Bearing the
Wood Up Mt Moriah," "The
Brazen Serpent," and the final
tableau. "The Ascension "
Spmmch la Delightful
Throughout the play there la
preserved a perfect unity, which
la emphasised by the tableaux In
their bearing upon the develop
ment of the main theme. What
the revisions of the present pro
duction may be is not obvious, but
one could hardly imagine a more
satisfactory diction or presenta
Even to those who know Ger
man only imperfectly, the sense
is always entirely obvious, and so
deep becomes the Interest that one
Is often unaware he is listening
to. any other language than his
own. This la especially true In
the scenes of Jesus, Judas and
Pilate, all of whom are enacted
by splendid Impersonators.
It is pleasant to find that the
Oerman language is so musical In
Its rhythmic and impassioned
flow, as spoken by these Oberam
mergauans. The attendance this
year will be larger, it is believed,
than ever before in the history of
the play, and that in a season
when tourist travel Is not yet by
any means up to what It was be
fore the war. And it is very
necessary that the attendance be
large, as the price of seats has not
been increased, but is actually
lower than ever, owing to the
deflation of the mark.
These great a/id simple folk
who play the parts have lived
them first and that is why they
play so very well. Then, too,
the play Is a part of their dally
life. The do?key on which Anton
I.*ng rides In as the Chrlstus en
tering Jerusalem Is a pet of the
L*ng children and often Is seen
trotting them about the village.
There Is everywhere In this place
a sense of high Intelligence and
pious enthusiasm for life.
Even the cows are Intelligent, ?
and m they come meandering
home at night In a long line
through the village streets each
one turns down to her house
without a word of command from
the old woman who follows far
behind. Through the town tuns
a cold mountain stream where
trout may be discerned and the
ducks often take a dip. Little
shops are everywhere and the
whole place had a highly festive
air. The charge of commercial
ism has been made, but this is
readily refuted by the extreme
honesty of the people In all their
business transactions, by the low
prices charged,' and by the cor
dial and sincere welcome which
they give to every guest.
Brought Fair Wtathtr
"You have brought us fair
weather." smiled Mrs. Boeld In
greeting the Flambeau party,
who stayed at her house. "Last
week It rained, but the players
must perform their parts, no mat
ter what the weather, although
they are mostly out of doors dur
ing the play."
We learned that the '"Thomas"
first chosen had not lived to fill
hip place, so another, Anton Mayr.
who served In the war and lost a
limb, had been given the part,
which he acted with extraordinary
grace and charm, the character
being a distinctive one. Paula
Rendl, the Mary Magdalen of this
year. Is a girl of rare beauty, who
also played with distinction, and
Is bound to be widely known. The
Annas of this time Is Sebastian
Lang, father of Mrs. Boeld, and
his Important part was also ren
dered with marked ability. An
dreas Lang, the 8t. Peter, played
also the same role in 1910, and la
of exceptional power.
Flambeau was fortunate in the
time of his visit, as be found many
American friends at Oberammer*
gau, including Congressman Funk
of Illinois, well known In Washing
ton, who, with Mrs. Funk and
their two daughters, are touring
Europe by automobile and were en
route to Vienna. Another was Mr.
Evans, chief of the Associated
Press, with other members of the
service. Had the Flambeau party
been a week later, however, they
might have met Bishop Curley of
Baltimore, who has been in Rome
and Is expected to arrive with the
papal nuncio, who comes at the
Pope's behest for the second time
In history to the Passion Play, 1910
being the first occasion when the
play received official recognition
from the Vatican.
At the bureau for visitor's reg
istration Victor Flambeau met also
another American who is playing a
valuable though silent part, as she
has written the first book in Eng
lish by an outsider on the Passion
Play, giving many interesting *nd
unknown facts. Mrs. Louise Parks
Richards is the widow of an Amer
ican artist formerly resident in
Munich,' Samuel Richards. She
tells us that sixty-eight former
players In the Passion Pltfy during
the war found graves In foreign
soil, and twelve others never re
turned. Her book can be obtained
by addressing her directly at
Village Chimes Ring
Monday morning presents a very
different scene from the joyous be
ginning of the day before, for It la
raining hard as Victor Finmbeau
and hla party make their way to
the little station, where amid a
mad rush they embark for Munich
and Strasbourg. They say good
by reluctantly to the little village
among the hills, where they would
love to stay, and Frau Boeld urges
them all to return. The chimes on
the lovely church peal a farewell.
They were new this spring, since
the old ones went to make bullets
in the war.
The early Sunday morning mass
in the ancient church of the twelfth
or fourteenth century is crowded,
and Victor Flambeau was proud to
make one of the thousand or more
In attendance at 6 o'clock service
last Sunday morning. All the .vil
lagers were there, and many tour
ists. Five priests officiated, and
the music was very fine, as these
people are all musical as well aa
gifted in the plastic and histrionic
Will they came to Washington
with their precious pictures, pot
tery, and sculpture? Many villag
ers believe that the Invitation will
be accepted. One Incentive would
be the fact that such a visit would
prove another link In bringing the
nations closer together, and the
role of peacemaker Is the one
played by the great Passionists of
Oberammergau. But others, too,
have caught the spirit.
Everywhere they traveled In*
Germany, as well as In Austria,
the Flambeau party met only a
kindly welcome, and they were not
taxed for their purchases nor pre
vented from bringing them awa^.
Bven reserved seats in compart
ment* were possible to be had by
a Judicious tip, though where such
discretion la not exercised one Is
likely to have a sad time In get
ting a party aboard and seated, aa
the trains are crowded.
rang In ths adjoining room, and
their host rose and answered li.
The voice that (poke was that of
an alert little woman named Marie
Combes, who waa divorced, and
who lived In the Rue de Basses,
two doors from the Avenue Mar- ?
oeau. She was one of five fiancees 1
.whom he had met within the pre- I
vlous six weeks through his re
oent alluringly-worded matrimo
nial advertisements. Three week*
ago he had proposed marriage to
her, with a view to obtaining the
five thousand francs she had In
the bank. The perfect lover had.
however, made excuse that he
must be absent In Paris, and the
reason she rang up was to In
quire If he had yet returned.
The Instant he realised who wns
speaking, he closed the door, and
then In a low voice apologised for
not seeing her before, but ex
plained that he had been away In
Brussels. He Invited her to call at
his flat on the following after
noon, and they would take tea to
gether. To this his dupe consent
ed. and then she rang off. ,
Landru took his famous note
book from his pocket?the book
later on produced at his trial
turned to the leaf corresponding
with the date, and made a note of
Then he returned to where the
two ladles were chatting.
"I hope you' won't mind, my
dear friend," exclaimed Madame
Juvanon. "Those grapes of yours
looked so delicious that I could not
refrain from taking some. They
are the best I have eaten for a
very long time."
Landru looked at his visitor
blankly for a second. Then, with
a smile, he said:
"My dear madame, th^y are
there for you. Take as many as
He saw by the skins on the
plates of both women that each
had eaten five or six!
Such waa the fellow's criminal
mentality that, in secret, he re
, garded the terrible accident as s
huge Joke, and. with an air of
buoyancy, lnvit'<l the actress |
the salon to talk over her busi
(To Be Continued Next fwsAijrJ