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THE OGDEN STANDARD-EXAMINER NOVEMBER 14, 1920.
1,';' :-; "is There No Forgiveness for a Woman? r Must I Go Through Life with the Stain of S 9 Harry Thaw and Stanford White flsflH - i " TfrrHFV the smoke from Harry Thaw's X pistol. Which ended the life or i Stanford White fourteen years ago. cleared away then remained a cloud of scandal which hovered over the head ot Eyelyn Thaw and has follows.! her relent 'esslv like a curse ever since Whaterer she has done, whichever way (be turned, misfortune has overtaken hor. I "1'nfortunately." raid Evelyn Thaw 'he other day, "I was born with a pretty fae I This gave me honorable employment as a photographer's model, to be sure, hut it fclso brought (hat human vulture info my lire- Stanford White Youns, beautiful, unfamiliar with the ways of the world, I drifted along as the petted plaything of those two rich, influential, resourceful, LM worldly wise, sensual men Stanford i White and Harry Thaw. When my hus- I band killed White that July evening on the Madison 6quare Hoof Garden the dreamy illusions of my young life were Instantly dispelled. 1 was only sixteen. 1 waked up to face a hard, cold, resentful world. I know now the meaning of the Bible truth that 'The wages of sin is doath ' " When, alter two year6 of uncertainties, I she was left to her . : Harry Thaw definitely imprisoned In an asylum for the insane. Bvelyn, stripped of every shred of that Intangible thine known as a woman b 'reputation." and stamped with the fine of White and the crimes of Thaw str.rtd out to :jhape a new career for herself "I thought the world would forgive ni and let me win myself into its confidence, ' he 6ays, "if it saw that 1 intended to 1 re down my girlhood's past and prove myself worthy nf the regard anyone wlio trios to I make an honest. Industrious Hying de serves. But I was mistaken ' Just the other day ETlyn, now the di vorced wife of Tack Clifford the dancer, was compelled to drop out of the cast of a play in which ehe had been given the ! star's pan because the audiences would rot forget that she had been (he sixteen-year-old girl who hail been the plaything 1 of Str.nford White and for whom Harrv Thaw had killed the architect. And those affsli.H had occurred fourteen years ago j'The way of the transgressor is hard." says Evelyn, "but I do not think It ought , to he filled with such stumbling blocks as hav strewn my path sln e tha day when the public at larre flr?t heard I existed ihe morning after the murder on the Madl- j son Square roof. I have honesily tried to 'mai e good' in the public eye But what 1 ever T do. wherever I go. whomever I love I end whoever lores me always the spectre I o? Stanford White and his studio and the swing In which he rocked me to thought lessness. and the shot fired by Harry Thaw I and the gruelling to which District Attor- j ney Jerome subjected me these things etare at me from everv vantage point at every Btep 1 take to live down the past There seems to be no mercy for me no I letting of bygones be bygones " The play in which Evelyn was to be starred this saaFon was a very good play. I according to the critics who saw it nnd reviewed it. Tt opened In Washington. I D. C.. and was booked for a tour of the i fcmaller cities ot New York State, after " which it was to open on Broadway for a ! metropolitan season. The part assigned to Evelyn, who was announced on the programme simply an "MIr3 Nesbit," was that of a demure "lit tle si-ler." Whose faith and loyalty saved the hero from the snares laid for him. There was nothing in the part to suggest ' the young woman of the world such as I Evelyn Thaw was at sixteen years of age I None of the linos or situations reminded the audience of her own past life. But those audiences did not seom to care for ! Evelyn Thaw in any sort of a part, even j In a play which they enjoyed enthuslas I tlcally v I In Wasnlngton when the play opened the newspapers spoke, favorably of the I play, but regretted that the manto of jj Evelyn Nesbit appeared on the programme. j In Harrlsbnrg, Wllkesbarre and Ithaca. whore the play went after Its Washington engagement, the newspapers "regretted" r g ju e " that the piny was spoiled for its audiences by the flaunting of tho heroine of New York's most sordid criminal iragedy of fourteen years ago At last, in Binghointon, N. Y., one of the new sp.mers said : "Undoubtedly Miss Nesblt's name Is used for no other reason than tho hopo that it will draw tho curious. But hor nan.o failed to draiv a large audience to the Opera Hour last night. Her purt was by no means indispensable." Realization that it was her name that was preventing people from coining to ece the play caused Miss Nesbit to hastily re sign r.r.d como back to New York onco more baffled in her effort to rehabilitate herself. "It was just a hew realization," she says, "murt I go through Ufa to the bitter end with the stain of Harry Thaw and Stan ford White written indelibly forever on my forehead." Evelyn Thaw has turned her hsnd to many things since the famous tragedy fourteen years ago, but the curse of the old murder nnd its revelations has pursued her relentlessly. Soon after the last trial of Harry Thaw bhe appeared in Paris as x dancer. She a. widely heralded in the gay French capital and a larce salary was j i aid to her, the amuse- 3&l! mrnt managt rs there Clic r'"' believing thai her ap mwr?r pearance would be va-t-ly profitable to tb:n Kj At that time no name was better known, more notorious than hers. After elaborate an i, nnuncement she ap I ' ..red at the Theatre Murigny. Her contract called for two weeks' engagetnent, the niaaa gcra reserving an op tiou for several addi- - ' - tional weeks. But the two weeks were ail. The spectators at tho Theatre Marigny watched her dance with a painful lack or in terest The patronage dropped off F.veu bo hemian Parin w o ti I d not accept her. Disap pointed, she came back to the United States. Not long after Evelyn attempted again to earn a career as a dancer on the vaudeville stage. She was widely adver tised. Her "act" was like all othor dancing entertalnme nts in L vaudeville richly I staged and impressive There could bo no . doubt that she had trained herself well and that sho was a far bet- ir- . 4 tor dancer than many young women who L mako a successful pro- ,w feEslon of tho art. But after only a few weeks Evelyn Thaw sho was forced to aban Evelyn Thaw and Her Son, Russell Thaw, in Stare Costume. non tne effort Vaude ville theatre managers complained of the criticism to which they were aubjocted for presenting her to their audiences. Even in PlttsburRb, her plrlbood hom- and also the borne of the Thaw family, the theatre remained almost empty during the entire week of her appearance there. "I wondered if thero was not some place in the world where I would be given a ehance to show that I was Just a sorry, hopeful girl trying to do right," says Evelyn, "so I took my company to Canada I opened at the Royal Alexandra Theatre In Toronto." Here is what a Toronto newspaper paid a few days later: t "Evelyn Nesbit Thaw's Intended con quest of Canada has proved to bo a frost- j ' MM ' B 11.- 9 Mrs. Thaw as a Sculptress. - Y - :- v . JL' ej ,. , a . n bile. The manaRoment had to return a great deal of money to disgruntled patrons who wantod (heir money back?' A motion picture promoter bclievod that film audiences throughout the country would enjoy seeing Evelyn re-enact those early chapters In her Hie on the screen. He signed a contract with hor, promising her a million dollars or moro If r,ho would i npear before the camera. Here, thought Evelyn, was an opportunity to explain to the world just how sorry .she was. Sho engaged special tutors and learned to act for the screen. But the picture never was exhibited. Theatre managers would not run the risks. Other pictures In which 'sho appeared had only short periods of success. In sev- lC) 1020. International Fcitur 3ervy, Inc eral of tho smaller cities throughout the 1'nited States the patrons of tho movie theatres notified the theatre owners that they would not allow their daughters to patronize their theatre if they showed film1-, in which Evelyn Thaw appeared, ami fo the pictures were withdrawn from tho market. "And yet they were good pic tures," eald Evolyn, "such as any audience would enjoy if they .ould only forget thut 1 once had been a bad girl, the victim of rue men." A theatrical manager then thought It would be a stroke of good policy to send Mrs. Thaw out over the country In S play, Evelyn studied hard to learn the pnrt Those familiar with the stape who saw her rehearsals In .New York declared that lie had become an accomplished actress. Bui she met only traxeuy. Now It was n ye.irs aftM- the Thaw-White scandal, yet a Catholic priest in Kansas City, Father Alexander W Chapola, said from his pulpit the Sunday before tho opening of the play in his city: "To-morrow a notorious woman comes to ono of our theatres. I forbid any mem. br of my parish attending the theatre at which she appear .. If good men and wo men go to sec her they only lend their approval to the kind of life this woman led." In Knoxvllle, Tenn.. the Church Federa tion ignored her pleas for "hor chance" and lulled a proclamation calling upon all ood people to refrain from attending the fieat.-e at which she was to appear. In Richmond Va., Mayor Alnslee issued an order forbidding her to appear on the stage of that city v. hen she arrived there with the play "Marietta." The Mayor said: ".Mrs. Thaw's appenrance would be an out rage to the sense, of public decency." Fvelyn defied the Mayor and went, through her part at the Monday matinee. She was promptly arrested, charged with "unlaw fully appearing on a public stuge to the detriment of public morals and being a common nulsanco to all tho citizens of this commonwealth " Great Britain I'.lgMo Reserred. Wow could T ?' V.' -jv . ,. BR. persuade people to J " ' T v?rK? ' ifffmjHZii&$r-' ' !83r: for;' i my past . D I t-V-. - flwj v VkWi .m . 'pf me an I dmSfaST '. fe EiSs' HpK trli 1 to be a good woman and a faith- ful mother in the ' - :" . ' I'ffly face of such cruelty jNr as ih s?" asks Mrs. "Utv isS Thaw to-day. . -, "' ' ifcB After her early w4 IBK rebuffs on the 6tago W- . ISfr Mrs Thaw studied 1 wBL to be a sculptor. :.ad given Miss Evelyn Nesbit, Sweet-fcced anr? OnTy Sixteen, promise of some in One of tr Photographs Stanford White Posed' talent along this Copyright by Campbell Art Co. nnt' in ner ruuiu, and Stanford 'White had amused himself by allowing her to play with clay in his studio in tho Madison Square Garden tower. She soon recovered hnr ."kill and artists declared that she had even excep tional ability at modeling. She opened a studio In East Twenty-fourth street, in New York, pnd spent many mouths hard at work. "Hut no one would buy them." says Mrs Thaw. "I could not even persuade an arc gallon' to give me space for an exhibition 'We would bo glad to show them anony mously,' the art dealers said to mo, 'for they really are very good and our cus tomers will be delighted with them. Hut no one would think of buying them or of giving tho artist a commission if they knew the sculptor was Evelyn Thaw!' "What could I do' When I was a very littlu girl I dreamed eoine day of making beautiful forms into bronze and marble to livo forever as a memory of me. Now I had succeeded, aftor long hours of study and trials, in developing this talent, and before mo stood figures that the art critics said were wonderfully good But because they were done by Evelyn Thaw they must be broken into ulta and thrown awav T H did not care for tho m.inev I would get' bv selling them anonymously. i wa'nted ,: " thetn to bo known by my name as a credit to the nam., two men had dragged into the mire. But this door closed to me and I went ba. k to my other efforts" bBXi t It ?t?i5ll.M' Tliaw raet an loved Jack Clifford, formerly a jockey for Kin- I Edward, and who had become a vaudeville dancer of noto. As Clifford s pp.rtner she $&kv again essayed vaudeville and the legitimate 8B lags but her seasons were short and su 83 few. Audiences would not receive her. B "And the shadow of the Madison Square Garden tragedy even fell over my first und only real rcmanco," says Mrs Thaw "My WS&n husband could not shake It off It sat ISlt'j with us at breakfast; it followed us into ISl the street and into the theatre Ho beyan tS&H to throw It up to me. R lured h4m away from mo It made happiness imos-iblo fmW$ between us. And yo we were divorced and my only romance was broken Hsaa "What can I ever do. how much more must 1 sjiffar, what atonement can 1 render unto the world to make it brtlievo in me trust me and forgive me" ' bbbH