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The Ogden standard-examiner. (Ogden, Utah) 1920-current, November 12, 1922, The Standard - Examiner Sunday Feature Section, Image 30

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T 1 -fc i Bwwrtiful Wy John RuweH, one of tha erttral figure in the cdebj
Unusual Punishment Recom- X X ""es'iSpSS -S,d2r
ments on the divorce tide that is sweeping England
mended by Her Majesty for the 'Hf, yaHHHH
I Fashionable Society Women
I" Who Are Being Divorced M
' ' ' jt$M stern-faced Queen Mary, the relentless foe
' a ? Queen Mary's secret
..j -ty.v. 1 fHHB encouragement
Countess Cat heart and the Earl of feu
Craven, who was named as co-re-apondent
in her husband's divorce
suit, looking as if they didn't care what Queen Mary thinlcs about them di
A HE hussies should be whipped!"
Those arc strong words to
be issuing from the lips of
England's prim, proper and very digni
fied Queen Mary. And yet they are ones
she is said to have been uttering fre
quently of late and with a vehemence
which leaves no doubt about her meaning
I what she says.
Who arc the women whom the Queen
thus scornfully terms "hussies"? Who
are the contemptible creatures whose
backs she thinks ought to be bared to
the pain and humiliation of the whipping
! It seems hardly possible that these ob
jects of her majesty's indignant WTath
can be women in the highest circles of
English fashionable society women of
title and wealth, women who have often
been the hostesses and guests of royalty,
i But, surprisingly enough, that's exact
ly who they are.
The "hussies" for whom Queen Mary
thinks a public whipping none too severe
a punishment arc the thousands of fash-
ionable society women who figure as
plaintiffs, defendants and co-respondents
in the plague of divorce that is scandal
izing England.
Since long before she ascended Eng
land's throne with her husband Queen
Mary has been noted as one of the
j world's sternest, most unyielding foes
! of divorce. Unlike many other royal
women, she refused to think that divorce
might often be a highly desirable thing.
From earliest womanhood she set her
face austerely against it as one of the
j crying evils of modem times and did all
she could to prevent and lessen it.
At the time of Princess Mary's wedding
it began to be Delieved that the Queen
was receding somewhat from her forbid
ding attitude on the divorce question.
j What gave color to this belief was the
fact that the princess's marriage agree
ment took into careful consideration the
j possibility of her and Lord Lascellcs
some day being divorced and provided
for the settlement to be made on her in
that event.
This led many to think that broader
experience with life had brought Queen
Mary to the c pinion that divorce is often
inevitable sometimes to be welcomed
and that in future she would be more
forgiving toward divorced persons.
I Btit the frequency with which the
Queen is declaring her belief that "the
hussies should be whipped" shows it was
all a mistake to think she had changed
her attitude in the slightest.
In discussing the ravages the divorc
placue is making in English societj
Queen Mary is said to have repeatedly
made this comment to Lady Ampthill,
the royal Lady of the Bedchamber, and
other women of the court. Through these
confidants of hers the forceful terms of
her denunciation have lenked out to the
rest of the fashionable world and are
furnishing abundant food for gossip.
In the case of Lady Ampthill this re
mark about the "hussies" must have hit
a very tender spot, and perhaps blunt
Queen Mary felt pleased that it did.
Her ladyship lifts a dauphter-in-law who
would, if the Queen's wish became law,
be a candidate for the lash.
It is hinted that Queen Mary may bo
secretly encouraging the young Countess
of Craven to persist in refusing to di
vorce her husband. If this is so the
royal wrath is inflicting sorry punish
ment indeed on the lively Earl of Craven
and his beloved Countess Cnthcart,
whose husband divorced her after the
discovery of the earl's artificial leg in
the countess stateroom on an English
Channel steamer.
According to the English gentleman's
code of honor, it Is the earl's duty to
marry the lady whom his cork limb so
sadly compromised. Only by so doing,
as they say in England, can he make her
an "honest woman."
This is exactly what the earl is said
to be willing yes, eager to do. But
bow can he make the countess an "hon
est woman" when the village clerk's
daughter, whom he fell in love with and
married while training to fight the Ger
mans, refuses to divorce him?
Since old Earl Cathcart angrily di
vorced his guy yuung wife she and the
co-respondent Earl of Craven have been
roaming about Europe almost as if he
were not still the husband of another
woman. At last accounts they were re
ported in Italy, making a brave show of
having a good time and not cur.ne; a rap
about the Queen's opinions on divorce,
but really, it 16 said, much worried over
the Countess of Craven's failure to seek
a legal separation.
Americans are especially interested in
seeing what happens to this extraordi
nary love triangle, because the Earl of
Craven is the only son of the former
fffm- so embarrassing
for her husband
jflffibw and Countess
('athtart by rc" i
fusing to get a
divorce. Perhaps, as some
of the gossips say, it is
because the young wom
an who was formerly j
only the humblest Maud
Muller of a country girl
realizes that if Bhe loses
the Earl of Craven she
will probably never get
another noble husband.
What ii said to have
stirred virtuous Queen Mary to
her first denunciation of the "hus
sies" and her recommendation of
a punishment were the unsavory
developments that followed Sir W
John Russell's suit for divorce
from beautiful Lady Russell. This
proved the most sensational and puz
zling matrimonial problem England ha -yet
In demanding a divorce Sir John Rus
sell denied the fatherhood of his wife'-;
baby. Lady Russell, on the other hand,
maintained that the child was literally
a "dream baby" and that her husband'.-
fatherhood of it was to be explained by
the fact that he had walked in his i ! sp
and forgotten the promise he had made
to let her be a wife in name only.
So puzzling was the directly conflict
ing testimony of the husband and wife
that the courts were unable to decide
the case at the first trial and they will
tackle its intricate perplexities again
If Queen Mary persists in classing all
Englishwomen who figure in divorce
6uits as "hussies" she will have to in
clude in that category Beveral thousand
ladies of hip;h degree who have always
heretofore been welcome at court. The
backs of this army of women bared for
the lash, as her majesty recommends,
would make a spectacle unparalleled in
the history of punishment of enmes and
The Countess of Wilton, the Countess
of Lanesboroutrh, Lord Inchcape's pretty
and talented daughter, Lady Elsie Mac
kay; Lady Victor Paget and the Count
ers of Eglinion and Winton these are
only a few of the manv titled women
who have laiely sued or are now suing
their husbands for divorce.
Among the distinguished society
women made defendants by their hus
bands in divorce proceedings are the
Hon. Mrs. Walter Trefusis, Mrs. Ross
Hume, the Countess Cathcart, Mrs.
Paget Sinclair and Mrs. Adrian Hethell.
The latter is a niece of Margot As
i H - ' , "
quith, famous for , V
her diary - nnd V
for other efforts J
with her tongue
as well a3 her pen.
The matrimonial trou
bles of the Paget Sin- ;. j j,
clairs took on a par- ' f $f &
ticularly unsavory -7
tinge from the fact '''' j$ '
that the co-respondent I ,y :f
named by Mr. Sinclair I y
was Jean Nouzaret, a ,rY
spatting partner of V ' . ...
Georges Carpentier, j
the French pugilist. v&i
The wreck that over- W v ' i
took the marriage of tho V
Countess of Wilton and her V
husband is one that must
have caused conscientious J
Queen Mary particularly keen J vo
pangs of regret. Tho countess Is v y cu
an unusually charming and ac- . .
complished woman and has always been . cr
a prime favorite in the royal circle. if "s
The parting of the Wiltons was the re- "1 f
suit of the count's being named as co-
respondent in the suit brought by Ross- &" 4
Hume against his wife. For a time it s - 1 f .
was thought that the' countess would re- ' ler
fuse to seek a divorce because of relig
ious scruples and thus put the Count and
Mrs. Ross-Hume in as embarrassing a
situation as the Earl of Craven and
Countess Cathcart find themselves in.
Later on, however, the countess decid
ed she could never endure remaining le
gally bound to the man she believes has
proved false to her love, and so she has
gone to court with her troubles.
The public humiliation the Duke of
Marlborouj.h suffered the other day is a
striking example of the lengths to which
The Countess of Wilton, one of
England's thousands of divorced
women who rr-ight be whipped if
the Queen had her way
Church and State are going under Queen
Mary's militant leadership in showing
their displeasure at divorce. Because he
is a divorc?d man and now married
again the duke was refused a seat in a
diocean convention of the C hurch of
t w CO J
The duke's first wife, it will be riSM
bered, was Consuelo Vandfrbut, M
American heiress, Aft m
divorced him he rcamti sj
other American ffomis-aj
J fnr.er Mi - Pescon. of WJ
who ha3 i.ecn one of Corr-Jj
Vanderbilt's best fne
a bridesmaid at her J
Even many of Queen Ml
most ardent admirers art"!
clined to doubt wo"t:fr9J
thmg she can do will J
to stem the tide ofdifaWj
is sweeping England m4"JJ
nig the very foundst'.etf "1
fashionable society.
has only to glance it t
t0 see that she .5 J
woman who will struff.
on no matter ho 1
j cause seems lost. J
majesty has '
powerful weapon W 1
battlin, fur
J t0 be the right J
drawal of her W
ishment most
j the public whpp.n
f mends for the CA
But to j ut s sociBl ben J
vorced men and women i P 1
cut matter even A
The divorce mills 01
grinding as they never to
New courts are being
old ones are taxed to thej
commodate all the f
who want to be freed ..J
What makes the ir.at.er t
,em f-m the Queen J
fact that the divorce
quite is great ravage in 4
circles of society as
lower classes- cCh lolj
If the plague "lld
there will not be msny 1 rf
tinction in England'"
one divorce notnt i
..iu!( the Queen PJT ci
all divo ced "8' i9l
f-eto have any tta ,t
the royal social circle mm
to surprisingly nrro

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