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"When He Would Come Home I Would Suggest a Dance or the
Theatre, and He Would Say: 'Tomorrow; Baby. Not Today T'
"I Come in All Thrilled, to Make an Evening of It, at 3 A. M
When He Is Getting His Heauty Sleep."
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No Man Forgives His Spouse for Making More Money
Than He, Says Helen Lee Worthing, While Elaine Harris
Inveighs Against Wall Street as Her Only Rival
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EVERY wife has a rival In her home, a rival
proatly to be feared and fought against.
This rival, according to W. L. George, the
rnclish novelist, and others, is her husband's
business.
But if disaster lurks in a home where the
husband's Lupines threatens to overshadow hi3
wife's affection, what of the home where the wife
hers.lf is an earner and where she earns, as is
sometime? the case, more than her husband? Mr.
George hasn't answered that question yet. But
his view is hardly necessary now, for the answer
has bern supplied by one who has qualified
through personal experience. Miss Helen Lee
Worthing formerly Mrs. Charles McDonald, of
Brocklinc, Mass., who has just been divorced from
her husband, says that the main source of their
double discontent was the amount of her salary.
he charged her husband with cruelty and
fpecifiid that the cruelty aro?e out of his intense
jealousy of her earning power. "My business
was my husband's rival all right, all right," she
said, "for I made the mistake of earning more
than he did. There were other things of course.
Our working hours didn't coincide for one thing
plained. "All big business. Sometimes when he
would come home from his office in the evening
I would suggest that we go to a dance or to the
theatre and he would always say: 'Tomorrow,
Baby. Not today.'" Finally he said "tomor
row" once too often and Mrs. Harris decided that
she could never find happiness in a home where
there was so much money. So she started out to
to make an evening of it, at 3 A. M., when he is
getting his beauty sleep.
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Helen Lee Worthing, Who Avers Her
Greater Earning Power Made Her Husband
Jealous and Disrupted Their Home.
ar.d ten neither one of u was willing to give in
to th her. But it all came back to my salary.
He wa much more jealous of that than he ever
was (. f another man."
The contrary of Miss Worthing's case is found
in the tragic search for freedom and happiness
which Mrs. Elaine Lee Harris has been making
ever since she broke loose from her husband two
years ag Miss Worthing's matrimonial bark
was capsized because her husband didn't make
enough money; Mrs. Hrrris's home was wrecked
because her husband made too much.
-He was all Wall street," Mrs. Harris ex-
Above and at Right Two Poses of Mrs. r.'f ß
Elaine Lee Harris, Who Says Her Rich if p,
Husband Thought Only of Wall Street.
look for inappiness in Europe and, incidentally,
to find freedom.
Mrs. McDonald, or Miss Worthing, became na
tionally known for her beauty in 1919, when sha
won a country-wide contest. At that time she
had been married two years to Charles McDonald,
though none of her friends knew anything about
it. No information has been forthcoming about
tho?e first two years, but Miss Worthing has im
plied that everything was going well until she
began to make a rather good salary as an enter
tainer. Mrs. McDonald, who i3 now Miss Worth
ing by an edict of the Suffolk Superior Court,
tells her own story rather vividly, he says:
Recipe for Marital Rliss
"In the perfect marriage or.e or the other is
subordinate one or the other yields. First of all
Mr. McDonald and I came to odds over my hours.
I go to work at quarter of twelve midnight and
am not through until after two. Mr. McDonald
ordinarily goes to bed about the time I am going
to work. And I come in all thrilled and ready
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enndition o pick hairs from a
husbandly shoulder before he
goes out to earn a salary about
one-third less than I earn.
Hours played havoc in our
household.
"But the salary question
loomed larjre and for
bidding. No man ever
fsrgives his wife for
making more money
than he makes. Neith
er dicf my husband
forgive me. The man
may not show his
jealousy openly. But
it's there just the
hame. Now the wise
wife, vein much in
love, will give up her
;ob if she makes more
than her husband, or,
at any rate, she will
lop off" enough salary
when telling it, to
make it less than his.
But if she can't
then she raises up
between herself and
her husband abarrior,
stern, cruel, forbid
ding. And that worst
jealousy of all, the
jealousy of man for
woman as his econ
omic rival, will come
between them forever.
"The economic jeal
ousy he had for ma
was so hot and strong
that it put other
things in the background. He did
not mind if I went to dinner with
some other man or if a thousand
cavaliers sent me violets. My hus
band was too pleasingly platonic, in
other word.'. If, just once, he
had blackened my eye, because I
thought of some other man, I
could have forgiven him every-
thing. If he had loved me enough to be jealouJ
of me all would have Deon well. But not he.
"Though I have divorced him, we still are just
ss friendly as two old women knitting by the fire-
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side. We're just as friendly ns two old jc-r.tle-mon
swnnpirg stories. Should I rvr rrarried
.".train McDonald would ricrht gladly hand thrt rin?
rt the ritrht time to my sec-'nd hu.-band. And I
would gladly pin the orange bloss ms to the hridr.l
cap of his second sweetie. And that's that."
Mrs. Elaine Harri?, who prior to her marriag?
was one of the Lees of Virginia, spurned her bus-
band's millions and turned for happiness to other
things. But the irordc hand of fate has recent-iy
inserted itself into the life of Mrs. Harris. The
forbidding presence of Money had destroyed th
possibility of happiness in her home, she said, hu:
she recently suffered the indignity of having he"
trunks attached because she couldn't rai.-e cT'Ol
It appears, from her subsequent staterr.f r.ts,
that this Virginia girl, who wed a Nw York
banker, wont into marriage expecting great bve
above all things. But differences occurred ra'.he
early in the game because her husbnr.d acrordd
her none of the affection she had been I'd to ex
pect. There was never "another man" or "an
other woman." There was only Wall Street.
What She Most Wanted
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"I had ad the luxuries in the worin; every
thing I wanted except one thing," said Mrs. Harris,
"and that was love. And I wanted tD be loved.
"On one occasion he even forgot my birthday,
and that, too, after I had decorated the house.
"I have concluded that th ten commandments
are nothing to a husband's happiness Loyalty
and devotion are passed up like a bad check. The
music which soothes the savage breast is the
charm of a soft voice.
"Husbands must be charmed charmed
charmed from breakfast to dinner. But being
charming twenty-four hour; a day get to b?
monotonous. So I am going to Europe to lead r.
quirt life and be myself as I really am."
This was just after the break between Mrs.
Harris and her husband. Mr. Harris, when asked
to comment on his wife's statemem that he had
b?en deficient in love, replied as follows:
"The total estimated value of the domestic
and foreign commerce of the United States wa
approximately $41,000.00.000. Of this total, ap
proximately $20.000,000,000 is represented by
manufactures. But while our financial capacity,
r.- indicated by the figures above, has so greatly
increased and billions of dollars of r.ew capital
has been employed in manufacturing lines in
recent years, figures on our foreign commerce are
r.'t rroportior.ate and are dicar-,,;rt"ng "
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