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litigation Over tic Little Boy Brings Out Testi
mony Naming Judge Marcus, of New York,
as Participant in Parties in Which Chorus
Clils Arc Alleged to lave Figured?Theatri
cal Man, First Husband, Wants Alimony
Ethel Hallor, Edith Hallor, Anna Hallor, daughters of
? Washington detective?all feminine members of the
extraordinary family hare kept the courts active with their
personal affairs, but it remained for little Lawrence, the tiny
babe of the house, to stir up more litigation than all the
ether members put together.
Lawrence is the infant over whose custody his parents,
the handsome Edith Hallor and L. Lawrence Weber, the
theatrical producer, now divorced, are warring. As a
result of the conflict, Supreme Court Justice Louis B.
Marcus was charged with participating in gay parties with
throngs of show people, and found it necessary to deny the
He had been appointed guardian of little Lawrence,
pending the settlement of the suit, and he at once relin
quished the responsibility.
Then John Delahunty was named by Supreme Court
Justice William Burr to succeed him, and Mr. Delahunty
died three days after the appointment.
Edith Hallor, the child's mother, is now the wife of
John Dillon, a motion picture director.
Last month, while Lawrence, Jr., was in the custody
of his father, the boy was playing in Central Park with a
nurse. Three automobiles appeared suddenly, a touring
ear and two taxicabs. A man stepped out of one cab and
awung the child inside. Before Lawrence knew where he
waa going he was on his way, undergoing a quick transfer
to the touring car en ronte.
When the nun* returned home
Without her charge, Mr. Weber
summoned a squad of lawyers and
obtained a writ of habeas oorpus
commanding the production of the
child in court. This was served on
Edith HaUor In her mothar'a home
at 407 West One Hundred and
Fortyflf th street. Supreme Court
Justice Burr tentatively placed the
child In the custody of Supieme
Court Justice Marcus, who lives In
Buffalo. $00 miles from Broadway,
but who la usually a guest In Mr.
Weber's apartment In town, and
this brought prompt objection
tlrom the babe's mother, who said:
"I object to the child being
placed In that house."
Justice Burr, In frank amait
?lent, asked:
"Why? Judge Marcus lives
And Edith made reply:
"Tes, but Mr. Weber lives there
also, and I object to the child be
ing placed In the same house with
his father."
A maid, testifying for Mrs.
Weber, waa asked under direct ex
amination whether Justice Marcus
ever entertained girls In Weber's
apartment while the child was
?Tes," she replied. "I fixed
luncheon for Judge Marcus and a
tall, heavy blonde, and there waa
?nether girl who uaed to come all
th?| time to see him. She was a
blonde, or red-headed."
She waa asked to name other
men who attended the parties. She
named William Klein, Weber, Corn
stock, Ike Weber. Edward Small.
Joe Weber and others.
"Was the child present at any
?f the dinner or drinking parties?"
she was aaked. and answered:
"Hs usually was put to bed
early, but I remember one night
the baby picked up a cocktail glass
and. raising It, said, 'Here'a to the
beautiful ladles.'
"I always served cocktails be
fore dinner, and after the meal I
would put highball glasses and a
bottle of liquor on a tray and leave
It In the reception room. Often I
bad to serve the girl breakfast
In the morning."
The wife, called on the stand,
? .Id of th* circumstances under
which she took the hoy away from
the father in Central Park last
month. She admitted that the boy
was born September 10, 1918. four
and a half months before her mar
riage to Weber. at which time she
lived at the home of her mother
?t 407 West 14tth street.
She testified that Mr. Weber's
Income ranged from $500 to $1,000
* week and that she got $660 when
?he was In the movies, and from
$$00 to $500 when she appeared In
"Human Hearts," the "Follies'*
and "Broadway Brevities." Con
oernlng the kidnaping, she said:
?*I was In Central Park, and the
lebf came running to me. I hailed
t * taxi and we got In. That was
ill there waa to it."
Cross-examined by Edgar T.
Braekett, counsel for Weber, Mm
Dillon admitted that ahe once
thought of divorcing Dillon In or
der to be "reunited to the child."
She was then In Hollywood and
wanted to pay her rent before ahe
left for the East.
"Didn't Justice Marcua at thui
time lend you $1,500?"
"Tee," said Mrs. Dillon.
Mrs. Dillon said that when Jus
tice Marcus loaned her the $1,500
he aaked her to aay nothing about ?
It to Weber.
Justice Marcua had come down
from Buffalo, where he baa been
sitting In tha September term of
oourt, to give his teatlmony as
guardian, although ha previously
had explained he waa nat tha act
ual present custodian of tha child.
After telling of his twelve year*'
acquaintance with Weber, theatri
cal producer and motion picture
manager, ha said they had been
such intimate trianda for the last
six or seven years that he always
stayed at the Weber apartment.
Fifty-fifth street and Seventh ave
nue, when in New Tork.
He had met Edith Hallor only
shortly before bar marriage to
That there had been parties at
the Weber menage Justice Marcus
There might have been a few
cocktails now and than and occa
sionally a highball?the Justloe
said he was not a drinking man
himself?but as for anyone getting
really "spiffed" there, he had seen
nothing of the sort.
Justice Burr brought up the fine
point of law as to what actually
constituted being "drunk."
Mr. Brackett, who knows his old
time Saratoga, made thla sugges
tion to the court:
"Tour Honor may remember the
old English definition, poetic as
it is."
He then recitM:
"Not drunk Is he who from the
Arises up to drink some more;
But drunk in ho who prostrate
Without the power to drink or
Justice Burr remarked:
"Well, that seems to be pretty
Justice Marcus said he had never
seen undue affection displayed be
tween the women and men guests,
nar had thcra been uproarious hi
Justice Marcus told how he and
Weber went to California In Jan
uary to get In touch with the child,
then In the caro of the former Mrs.
Weber, who had become Mrs. Jsck
In the dining room of tha Hotel
Ambassador, at Los Angelas, thsv
found Mrs. Dillon and the boy.
Mrs Dillon had graciously con
sontsd to the Justto* taking tha boy
ever to chat with hla tether at
his table. Asked If ICrs. Dillon
had Indicated she wu In trouble,
Justioe Marcus replied:
"Tee. she said. In effect, ehe
wu down and out, that ehe wae
not living with Dillon, and ehe
waa going to sue for a divorce.
She said she thanked Qod I waa
there, for now she might have
some chance.
"I Invited her to come and talk
with me about It next day, which
she did.
"We fixed up an agreement that
father and mother were each te
have the boy's custody for alternat
ing periods of six months each.
"The divorce decree was to be
modified accordingly, but this waa
not done. Weber thought It over
and did not w^rj hla child in the
houae with Dillon."
Juatlce Marcus then relinquished
with It. It cItm no mora oppor
tunities for foollahneaa than other
places. Ethel would be allly In an
office, In a factory or In a ahop.
"I don't blame the atage. I aak
ed our paator yeara aRo If It waa
right to let the stria go on the
stage, and he aald that It waa aa
good aa hla profeaalon, If they had
talent and a call to It.
"I have alwaya told my girls to
be careful about the men they go
with?to choose good American
men only.
"Olrla have a great way of say
Ing to their mothers nowadays.
'I didn't aak to be born; I didn't
ask to have you for a mother.' I
have beard It from my own daugh
ters, and I have read of other glrla
saying it, too.
"I told on* of my daughters
once, *1 didn't ask to have you for
my daughter, either. If you are
oT ZaH/retzce We$er. <7r.
son of Edith Hallor and Lawrence Weber precipitated a
complete melodrama with a kidnaping episode, a oourtroom
?cone and all the other elements of a stage thriller.
responsibility for the custody of
the chlfc and Mr. Delahunty was
When Mrs. Hallor, senior, wm
qulzxed recently, ahe revealed that
Ethel had left the family fireaide
again and the mother had no Idea
where her daughter had fled. But
Ethel Is now twenty-one years old
and Mama Hallor has found out
the futility of attempting to keep
a girl of that age under parental
restriction, especially when the girl
la drawing down a man's size sal
ary on the stage.
Ethel wVs only nineteen when
Mr*. Hallor, objecting to her
daughter staying out Uite, went
to Esses Market court and obtained
a summons for the girl's arrest
on * charge of disorderly conduct.
The case fell through of Its own
weight, or lack of weight, but It
gavs Ethel g chance to enunciate
her declaration of Independence
and It gave Mama Hallor an oppor
tunity to speak her mind, too. con
cerning the at age and the modern
girl. ?
Hallor does pot blame the
stage, she said, adding:
"Ethel Is the silly type. 81m be
lieves the things men t*U her.
They ran mske a fool of her.
"The stag* has nothing to de
not satisfied with your mothsr, ask
yourself If you think 1 am pleAsed
with my daughter.
" 'I once was young and pretty,
too,' I told them. 'I gave up my
fun to raise you. Have ydu done
your best, too?"
" 'God knows I have done my
best,' I tell Ethel, "and your good
looks will never make me proud
of my daughter. Principles are
the things to plesse me.
" 'Sit down sometimes,' I said,
'and wonder if your mother Is
proud of you.'"
"I love my children. Ethel as
much an all the rest, though I
have lain awake so many, many
anxious nights wondering where
she might be, and what she was
doing. She the support of the
family? Ah, my spendthrift
"She has fallen among people
whom I feel cannot possibly do
her anything but harm. Her
closest friends are three married
men. an actor, a neurologist and
a Greenwich Village political
?1 do not think this the most
wholesome companionship tar a
young girt.
?Ethel is the heroine of one of
the most unusual comedies ever
presented in court. After t-he
had achieved success on the irtaire
at seventeen, her old-fashioned
mother had her arreated for stay
ing out too late?and then Ethel
ran iwajr again!
"You would think any girl would
tire of the constant round of all
night partlea, cabarets and such
things. Not Ethel.
"All of her life Ethel hue been
a great problem to me. She Is a
dear, beautiful girl, and I am sure
she would not now be so head
strong In her determination were
it not for insidious Influences
under whic h she has fallen.
"It Is true I let her go on the
stage when she was a very little
girl, Just twelve. But It Is not
true that I put her out to work,
a wage earner for the family, at
that age.
"Look on the walls, you will see
the school diplomas of all three of
my children, Edith, Walter and
Ray. But Ethel would nQt go to
school. She was listless and un
interested In her studies.
"Edith was on the stage playing
leading parts when we came to
New York about seven yeara ago.
Ethel was crasy to go on. too.
"Sho says her father Is In sym
pathy with her? Well, th^t is an
other story. But I will say that
had he shown his Interest sooner,
when Ethel was a little girl and
his children needed a father's at
tention. 1 may have bean spared
though parted from her first hus
band. Lawrence Weber, and re
married to John Dillon, motion
picture director, Edith Bailor,
former musical comedy star, ia
fighting like a primitive mother
for possession of the child of her
first marriage.
this terrible thing today, and Ethel
may never have come to auch
"Any mother will understand
what thla action haa coat me, an
less she be an unnatural mother,
and they are few.
"A well-known alnglng teacher
heard Ethel sing. She waa at
tracted by her voice, a sweet lyric
soprano, and by Ethel, and offered
to train her voice without pay
during; the months she Is not work
ing. Do you think Ethel was even
Interested? No, she couldn't find
time from her friends and her
"It does not matter what peo
ple think of me. I kept hoping
against hope that even the idea of
a court action would bring Ethel
to her senses and baoK to me. But
I cannot spare myself when It
comes to my child. No mother
can. And this seems to me my
last chance of making her see the
world she haa adopted in Its ugly
Dut Ethel aald:,
"I would like to point out that,
while I am eighteen in yeara lived,
I am far older than that In experi
ence. It could not be otherwise,
could It, when I first went on the
stage at the age of eleven, and
have been on the stage continu
ously ever since, not only sup
porting myself but others?
"I believe that any American
girl who has demonstrated her
ability to enrn her own living .n
any business or profession la cer
tainly entitled to Independence of
thought and action. ( It 1a not a
question of years, but of having
made good.
"My lawyer t?lls me that the
courts In thla 8tate alwaya have
taken a fair view of the circum
stances In a situation of thla sort
?a most embarrassing and unwel
come situation for me.
"I understand that In New Tork
twenty-one la the age that makes
a woman an utterly Independent
agent Rut my Informatlan la
Objects to CUM Being Placed in Same louse
With Father, From Whom She Is Divorced.
i Charges/ Blonde Girl Was Entertained by
Jidgp in Same Quarters, and That Child
Attended a Wild Party, Toasting the "Beau
tiful Ladies."
that. In the cast* of girls who
have supported themselves?and
others?and who aren't downright
bad. the courts have been Inclined
to let them continue to order their
own affairs.
"My mother, I am told, objects
to associates of mine, and accuse?
me of certain habits. She has ob
jected many times to me. It broke
my heart when she took our ,?lffer
??nces Into court.
"In a way. however, It may ba
'>est. If I had been at school all
these years. Instead of In musical
shpws and on the road an?l in
sjw York, contributing to ths
family support. I think my mother
might have been right in her posi
(Continued from Page 3.)
Hilda pest for a trifling contribu
tion one receives a net of really
charming postcards. with designs
In the style of native folk arts.
The ministry also sent Flambeau
an immense amount of valuable
literature. Including several de
lightful art publications, showing
native costumes and country
architecture. "The Truth about
the Trianon Conference" was the
subject of several large volumes,
setting forth Hungary's unfortu
nate losses. ,
There Is now operating between
Vienna, Budapest, Bucharest and
several other cltie* a daily air
service and it had been Flam
beau's Intention to fly to Buda
pest, as he was told that the air
planes are well operated and they
have had no accidents during the
entire season. It Is only this sum
mer that it has been operating
regularly. The price is 170,000
kronen, or only about $2.50 for a
flight of an hour and a half, the
time from Vienna to Budapest,
while by the river steamer It re
quires thirteen hours going dowr.
and two or three days returning
against the stream.
However. Flambeau was advised
to come by the river instead, as
the scenery a lout; the hanks is
so picturesque and the flying
route is said to be not so inter
esting. The fare by the steamer
was about 30,000 kronen each, or
less than half a dollar, but this
was somewhat augmented by
breakfast, luncheon and (If you
had the cash, which Flambeau
didn't!) dinner on the boat.
How to leave Budapest and how
much money to take and in what
country's cash now became the
next problem, for Flambeau was
en route to Poland, which Is not
now in direct connection with
Hungary, as Chechoslovakia lies
between, occupying the territory
still claimed by Hungary, accord
ing to a recent may which was
obtained in Budapest. No Cxecho
slovak crowns were to be had
there. This Is said to be the
strongest money of middle Europe
today and the best If you cannot
get American dollars. However.
Flambeau could get neither, so he
took Hungarian kronen at the
rate of 1,700 to the dollar.
The shops In Budapest are quite
fascinating and Flambeau made
one or two purchases which he
afterward came near regretting In
the Czechoslovak customs, for It
appears that today Czechoslovakia,
in trying to protect and encourage
the sale of her native embroideries,
lays a heavy tax on anything in the
way of lingerie or embroidery pur
chased In Hungary and brought
Into Ciechoslovakla, even though
It Is for personal use. However,
the rule does not apply to those
tourists merely passing through
the country, en route as Flambeau
was, to Poland, so he "got by with
It." after a close examination.
They also wished to tax him In
Chechoslovakia for the beautiful
samples Herr Waldes, of Prague,
had given him during his visit
there, hut Flambeau convinced
them It was already Csechoalovnk
and not contraband goods Very
Interesting problem, this question
of the customs everywhere. In one
day Flambeau went through four
rustoms examinations of his pass
part, and four searching* of his
luggage, all for no profit to the
eeuntrles Involved. and he did not
tlon that ah* should control my
going and comings, my friend
ships and my waya of Ufa.
"After I am thrsugh work tr
the morning, or late at night I
enjoy an hour or two of relaxa
tion. Who does not after the day's
"My relaxation may be founl
eating supper with friends ufter
the theater. My friends may
smoke. They may drink- I un
derstand this custom Isn't llmltad
to girls of the stage. In fact, I
have been told that girls in what
Is called 'society' who do not work
for a living, and who do not eve.i
l>ave to support themselves, are
not utter strangers to cigarette*
and cocktails."
And there the issue rests!
see any one else, either, who was
taxed, so it would seem that each
country is maintaining an expen
sive police service, very necessary,
no doubt, for the fostering of Its
own native Industries.
What In the dickens is a "Schnit
zel?" Flambeau ordered one. think
ing it was a mere snack of some
thing to eat. and a full course din
ner appeared, in one of the cus
toms restaurants where he had
stopped a moment for a bite, on
this long Journey from Budapest,
Hungary, to Krakowle. Poland.
The ride might have been a tedi
ous one. starting at 1J o'clock a
,m. and continuing to 2:10 a. m.
next morning. In the train, but
sometimes one makes very pleasant
friends en route, and many travel
ers even speak English.
Through Czechoslovakia that
day Flambeau rode "thlrd^lasa."
to stretch his money a bit further,
for the rate here was strictly
Czechoslovak. and r-cordtnglv.
much higher than In Hungary, be
sides he had not been able to ob
tain Czechoslovak crowns, so he
had only Hungarian kronen, and.
? consequently lost at every new
ticket or bite of food he ptirchaaed.
until at last a kindly conductor led
him to e "Wechsel" or exchange,
where he got some Polish money.
He had adventure* that day and
night, too, beyond his previous ex
perience, but these he can only re
late when he tells the story of Po
land In a later Installment.
GETS $1,000 A MY;
MFSKOOEE, okla.. Oct. 28
^JNLIKE many others of her
tribe. whose extravagances
have added Interesting chapters to
Oklahoma's oil Industry, Exle'
Fife, a Creek Indisn, nineteen,
who became rich overnight, d*
clareB she never will forsake the
simple life.
Exie's royalty from her oil lands
in the Bristow field approximates
$1,000 a day. Only laat May Exle
had but 15.04 on deposit with th?
Indian agency, where her aftalrs
are admlniatered.
The first well that came In on
Exie's allotment made 3,000
barrels. Two weeks ago a wall
making 2,000 barrels a day was
brought .In. Four others ar*
Exle has been granted $800 a
month allowance by Major Victor
M. Locke. Jr., superintendent of
the Five Civilized Tribes, Bxle
has a big touring oar. but that is
the only evidence she has given
of spending her royalties
Miss Fife's tastes are modest.
She dislikes Jewelry and extreme
styles and does not care to travel.
French Lose Money
on Sale of Army Stock
PARIS, Oct- ta.
M KRICAN army stocks, bought
by France In 1?1?. have heeu
renotd, Recording to newspaper ac
counts, at slight lows.
The French fowiniMrm |ml<i
I loo.ooo.uoo ttr the stocks and r?
sold at about $300.000.t)00, In uddl
lion to utilising part of the good*
for the French army. Haymsai
to America for the goods is duv
August I, lm

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