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A LITTLE WIDOW IS A ^
Newport. Sept. M. WILL. Mrs. Seth Barton French, one of the hand eomest and richest widows of New York, ear "Yea" to that modern Croesus of interna tional society. James J. Van Alen, and tbua cause his charming daugh ter, Miss May Van Alen much an guish of mind, negative all her step mamma-agalnst stratagems and battles, and destroy once and for all time Mr. Van Alena fondness for widows? In the clube on Fifth avenue and In Newport odds are three to one that she wllL There have been many widows In Mr. Van Alen's life. Of all kinds, there have been a baker's dozen. All have been pretty. Mr. Van Alen. aon-tn-law of the late Mrs. Astor and oldest brother In law of Colonel Jack Astor. Is a most desirable parti. He has houses and landa, stocks and bonds. He owns a gray stone man sion In Newport, a palace In Now York and a caatle In England. He la so rich—he can wear a monocle and an old Panama bat! He keeps a Bock of sheep to crop his New port lawns, and be could pave his driveway with diamonds If a« wanted to. The widows who have Interested him have known all this. It looked good to them. Miss May Van Alen. who values her liberty and papa's as she does her life, knows It, too. A little widow Is a dangerous thing and eternil vigilance la the prtee of freedom or words to that effect Oh. the times daughter baa had to erush papas romantic yearnings! There, for Instance, was the • beautiful Counteas Fabbrleottl. tuaeloua and lovely as any peach, ready to fall Into hta mouth. Suc cess seemed ready to perch on aer treetop when William K. Vander bilt. senior, appeared as a rival, la playing one against the other the lovely Countses lost both! Ah, th<> poor Countses! She hes since consoled herself, hot ah* la the only one of James J I w dowi to do so! When the Fabbrleottl episode port "Ml try widow*.” he Mid. "but they must b* bom* br*d * la Newport a* fouad tb* lump anil Mr* 0*01 brill Tbla wm a great ted for Jimmy! Mr* Oam artll'a huebaad bad died, (earing her on* *oa *ad *ar*r*l mlllloae *( dollar* gome *f tbla monay ■b* n**l ta building a genuine french r bateau ®a Bailer** ar*au* aad ta d*r*toplag i«*» wonderful | Mr Vaa Ale* bv>kad *poa her and tawed her gaol He llkewtaa tauad a rival on tb* 4onr»t**. Mr Bg- Wtatfcrop. aenior Ob. ta* fua Mew part bad' The two w*lld*w«r*d dandle# r'rua gltng tar tb* Mile* •* tb* charm tag widow Jam** J. wm tiwmewdonety la M* r*urr*d tb* wld*w la aad Moeltgb' H. fairly M bar taraly to** aardea. thee* waa a •e'dudad bum Mr Wtatkfwp Marked Tb* lm but db* ala* ab*a Bgta Wl» Mw7<a* ***** del.*n at Newp—r Mrs. Seth Barton French, Who May Become Mrs. James J* Van Alen. Mrs Georg# Lew. James J. fell un der the thrall of those eyes. What chance had James J. thenf History repeated Itself Just as felt that Mi freedom wm slipping sway. Just as be felt that thoes eyes, and the fascinating manner of Mrs bad him tight In sailed Daughter May. and ihs d«v was saved! Miss Van Alen firmly removed pe ps to Ruahton Hall, the gor geous country place where papa was supposed to live. ‘"There la a houseparty down there," said Daughter May. "and there's two widows there tf you muet have them." Yes, there were two widows, hut Miss Van Alen was only pulling her ardent father out of the frying pan and throwing him Into the Ore. In that houseparty were Mra. Ava Willing Astor and Mrs Blllr l,eeda Pw-pa had known the beautiful Mrs. Aster since her childhood. She had been the wife of Ms wire's brother He rdmlred her tremee doualy. He began to single her out tor his distinguished attentions Oh. me! Oh. my! Daughter May was furious! But Daughter May was helpless Itllt WKa I. ikl. __•_ iraily to tbo rttruo* Who •* *hi« who stsUa *aar!y on rrrlns C» pa amt naka him fnl»»r |» I* pu ran If of I ha itlTnrmt Mra Bill? I-wadn. if you plana*' Mra. Laada. It diamond*. war paint and Ht loaf Mra Loads with har blna e?«a blalias with asrltowioat and har Acara aa atari aa arar an. rdona a Mr Vaa A haaHaiaa -os mm slda tha haaorp aad rhana ha known, aa tha of har an aatrtod Aatd On fAa anata ha Will bar# •a work hard ta pat. oa tha athar tha aosbaa who la warhtad hard t» •at hla' Ha poaa o»ar la Mra Laoda aad aara-7 soaata m tha* ha a mat* "M At aap rata that Wat part? at Boahtaa Nall will low* ho raaoa har«« > Mra laada *•> har taatasa » Wnaod 1 a# waddia* carda Ns And Eternal was that alluring, that oh. ao beau tiful Mr*. Pcdar Brugulere, who flashed across Newport’s skies last Summer. Before her baxel eyes J. J. went down with a sicken ing thud. He openly deserted his own friends, he neglected to keop engagements. And all for the beau tiful Mrs. Brugulere who had been twice widowed by the decree of the divorce court! Oh death, where is thy sting? Mrs. Brugulere’s smiles were fought for by half a dozen well known Newporters. And because of this, the ladles, bless 'em all, were annoyed. Daughter May was moat emphatically annoyed. She was peevish, and one expected to seo her mount a gat ling gun on the lawna of Wakshurat and fire at all comera. But Daughter May did not actu ally have to fire that gun. Mrs Brugulere, after having the time of her life, bothering the Newport damea. showed her derided pref erence for another man and left Pa-pa with her picture and a sink ing feeling In bis heart And where could Pa-pa And comfort? Right at his own gate way! He turned to Mra. Elaio French Vanderbilt! Mr* Vander bilt might have been hta»grand daughter. Alas tor James J. Mrs. Vander bilt as a child had been taught to show respect to her elders She placed Mr. Van A. on a par with her grandfather and was awfully nice to him. Hut Mr. Van A. did not want to be treated like a grandfather, and ha went off to Dondun in a huff. With his larerated feelings need tng expert surgical treatment, he met. In England, two charming blondes. Mrs Henry Redmond and Mrs. Seth Barton French He had known them both In their early day* In Newport In England they were very good to him lie called at Cl. ridge’s on* day to get comfort from Mr*.Redmond and he trotted over to the Savoy the next to get comfort from Mrs French. Thoae were busy days tor Mr. James! What happened? When Mrs French, the hand some widow of the l*i* Seth French, vwaited -!-- • 12—:-- '-n-.... „ • Vigilance Is the Price of Libertv The Heart Chase of an Interna of London and of comfortable Mr. James, she went to Paris and worse than all. she told him that she would not come to Newport this season! Oh. ye tears! Mrs Redmond when she wearl?d of London went to New York, telling him she could not spend the Summer in Newport. But the last two widows re lented. Both Mrs. Redmond and Mrs. French did appear In New Cort—the former lived on board er steam yacht Sultana Yea. Mrs. French spelft two weeks at Wakeburstt And Daugh ter May was perfectly polite to her. And pa-pa? Ah. let us not give pa-pa away! He grew twenty years younger! He was beaUhcl What comes nest? Both vfra French and Mr. Van Alsn ars to spend October at the Hot ^ Springs. And the odd* are even now now three to one! "Oh. the merry widow and the mao!" tional Society Millioni abre. ThU b Mr. James J. Van Alan, Be •ida Hina Mias May Van Alan, and Next, Widow Mrs. Georr* Law, Former -Widow Countess Fa brie cold. Widow Mrs. William Loads, Coon Widow Mrs. John Jacob Aster and Widow Mrs. Hanrr S. Red wood. Tbe Vary Beautiful Widow Mrs. Radar Br» _ MB— is In tbe Centre.