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Former "Wife of Author Who Lived
Hero Few Years, is Now De
signing Frock* and Gowns
I in Boston.
This Will Deal With Designing Cos
tumes—Some Recollections
of Mrs. Child in
When through the press reports,
the news of the divorce of Mr. and
Mrs. Richard Washburn Child was
published, it came as a great Bur
prise to their friends here. Mr. and
Mrs. Child lived here about a year,
having their residence in the Pond
apartments. Both were disposed to
make friends and were very cordial
to the local people. Mr. Child was
much Interested in geology and in
some of the peculiar formations in
this section and often took long
tramps with Keokuk men and wom
en, who found him a delightful com
Mrs. Child was particularly respon
sive to any kindness shown her and
was very sure to return all visits
made to her by the Keokuk women.
She was very much interested in the
organization of the Visiting Nurse as
sociation and was a member of the
board of directors. 8he is a woman
of strong personality and was never
afraid to express her mind.
One day she .was sitting in her car
In front of a local store and a little
boy came around the corner, carry
ing a bundle of hand bills. There
was a stiff wind coming arouud the
corner and the little boy couldn't re
sist letting some of the bills sail
down the street. He let go of one
and it sailed like a kite, and then
another and another. So engrossed
was he in the sport that he didn't
see a woman get out of a car and
come toward him. until he heard liar
say, "Here you boy, stop that don't
you know better than to litter up the
street that way?" Like young Amer
ica he came back at her, "And who
are you?" She said, "I'm the mayor
of Keokuk and you quit it," and sure
enough he did.
Kindness to Horses.
Another time she stopped a man on
a load of stone, who had driven his
horses up the Fourth street bill, with
their heads reined up, and stood
there until he got off the wagon and
unchecked the horse's heads.
A milk man who delivered milk to
the many families in the Alpha and
the Pond apartments, let the team
and wagon stand on Fourth street
sometimes for fifteen or twenty min
utes while he. climbed the long
flights of stairs at the rear of the
apartments. One awfully cold day
Bhe saw the horses stand before her
windows unblanketed. When the
man returned to the wagon she was
there. She asked him why he didn't
put blankets on the horses on cold
days. He said he couldn't be both
ered taking off and putting on blan
kets. She said, "These horses stand
here fifteen or twenty minutes every
day in the cold and I won't be a
party to it, and unless you put blan
kets on them I don't want you to
take the time to leave milk at my
The next day when he came he
had blankets for the horses.
Interview Gives Story.
The Boston Post of April 15 pub
lishes an interview with Mrs. Child
In which she gives the reasons for
the divorce and tells something of
her plans for the future.
ThlB interview written by a stafT
man of the Post says:
"Elizabeth Scott was born on a
Only a Matter
of lime
Don't Neglect
Cold—It's Serious
The old standard remedy-In tablet form—Km
^asantafter effects No opiates—Cures
back «It fliJsi?-
Grippe 3
Insist on genuine—Box with red top—Mr
Hills picture on rt—25c—Any Drag Star!.
W. H. Hill Company Detroit
plantation just outside Alexandria^
Va., six miles from Mt Vernon. There
she was reared amongst southern
men and southern women.
"At 18—well, she looks today al
most as she did then, although she
Is today well over the thirties—and
she admits it. Then, she was tall,
slim and vivacious.
Met Richard W. Child.
"Her early days of schooling over
—and besides that, she possessed that
unusual southern flavor of breeding
that comes only from the old Vir
ginia stock—she went to Washing
ton. Then to New York. She met
a young man—his name was Richard
Washburn Child—and he was just a
poor student at the Harvard Law
'He was about to finish school—lie
was very poor, but it made no differ
ence to me,' she said. 'As for wealth,
we had lost all ours, as did many an
other family, in the dreadful days of
the civil war.'
"Law and lov.e frequently go differ
ing ways—in this case, law eventually
won its victory over love. But at
that time, all* was love.
Started Life With $10.
'Richard asked me to marry him,
and I consented. We went to the
Church of Transfiguration, New York
—the 'Little Church Round the Cor
ner"—and we "were married on Dec.
28, 1904. We had, to start life with,
just $10."
"A few years of struggling and pri
vation followed. But they were nev
ertheless happy. They were In their
honeymoon, and no mere financial
troubles could mar the blue skies.
'I just sat back and watched
Richard succeed. He was brilliant,
able and determined. I admired him.
I worshipped him. I never dreamed
of doing anything on my own ac
count—I was bound up in him, his
success, his work, his pleasures. I
lived for him alone, and it never oc
curred to me to assert my own per
sonality, either artistically, socially or
in and other way.
'Richard longed for a child. I
prayed that I might give him one, for
we both would have been supremely
happy with it, But it was denied us.
The baby never came, and Richard
saw with grief that we might never
have one.'
"Mrs. Child spoke frankly about this
chapter of her life. She has no affec
tations, no foolish conventionalities.
She is Just an honest woman, who re
spects herself and speaks the lan
guage of thinking people.
"Then came the period of drifting
—I just went along—drifting half
dazed, just floating half consciously
towards the brink of an abyss which
I knew was somewhere—but where?
Today I know where!'
"Although in the petition filed before
the supreme court by Mrs. Child
there is stated but one offense
against the marriage vow by Nr.
Child—at the Hotel Walllck, New
York, on January 22, 1916—there was
'another woman' in the case.
Determined to Free Him.
'I saw that his heart was drawn
towards the other womaiv' contniued
Mrs. Child. "I do not belreve that be
cause a minister has mumbled a few
words over me that I have any right
to stand in the way of the happiness
of anyone else.
'I could not enjoy happiness know
ing that I was causing others misery.
Richard longed for a child—his whole
being yearned for it—I could give him
until the use of foods which lack certain nutritive ele
ments supplied by the field grains, will result in de
creased mental and physical activity—often ill health.
There is one food thai supplies in splendid pro
portion these vital mineral elements—phosphate of pot
ash, etc.—so necessary for keeping one physically and
mentally vigorous.
That food is
of wholewheat and malted barley, it sup­
plies all the nutriment of the grains, is long baked and
rendered partially pre-digested—a wonderful energiz
er of body and brain.
"There's aReason" forGrape-Nuts
Sold by Grocers Everywhere.
"When you awake in the morning feel
ing tired out, feeling worse in fact than
run-down condition of the nerves that
rest does not bring renewed strength
and sleep refresh the
tired brain. Over
work and worry are the most frequent
causes of this condition. Neurasthenia
is the name given to this common form
of nervous debility in which the power
to recuperate iB gone.
The blood can be built np so that it
will increase the supply of needed ele
ments to the wastca nerves and this is
'the only way that the nerves can bo
reached. Dr. Williams' Pink Pills are
a tonic that especially builds up the
nerves because they
supply to the olood
the elements that the nerves need.
Many nervous disorders, sometimes
chronic ones, have yielded to this tonics
treatment with Dr. Williams' Pink Pills
when other methods failed to give re
lief. They are certainly worth atrial.
Dr. Williams' rink Pills are sold by
druggists everywhere or will be sent by
mail, postpaid, on receipt of price, CO
cents per box, six boxes $2.50 by the
Dr. Williams Medicine Co., Schenec
Y. Write today for free book
on the nervM
only love, but no child. He had
found a woman who was likely to
satisfy him. Did he desire his free
dom? I don't know. I determined
he should have It.'
"Then followed the suit. The
'other woman" was never mentioned,
but she was there. Two detectives
and a friend were Mrs. Child's only
witnesses. Justice Daniel K. Cohalan
of the supreme court, who is noted
for his stern opposition to the. easily
secured divorce, and who seldom
grants one unless he Is fully con
vinced of the utter impossibility of
adjustment, granted the divorce.
'It was the worst ordeal I ever ex
perienced In my life,' said Mrs. Child
to the Post man. 'I read years ago
in my history books, how Napoleon
at the height of his fame and splen
dor as the emperor of the French,
divorced Josephine because she could
not present him with an heir to his
The story made an impression on
me—on what woman does it not
But I never really understood, never
really comprehended, the blackness
of the tragedy until now. I am the
Josephine of my domestic story. There
is this difference—Josephine was
put aside by her husband—I put my
self aside for mine.
Would Return If Asked.
*1 cared for no man. I though of
no man. No man will ever enter my
life. I shall never marry. Should
Richard come to me today and say,
"I need you," I should go to him, be
cause I believe in him, and his genius,
and would sacrifice all to his well
being. But voluntarily I shall never
'So, being through with romance
and love—though as a southerner I
have the inborn capacity for both—I
am going to make a name for myself.
I always had a love for the artistic,
but I never had created a thing. To
day, I live in creating.'
"Mrs. Child was gowned in a superb
negligee of gray—her own design.
She showed the reporter into another
chamber—beautifully, but simply fur
nished by herself. In the wardrobes
were gowns—reams of gowns, stacks
of gowns—all sorts—dinner, evening,
morning, afternoon, walking, riding,
golfing, skating, driving, vacationing—
every gown for every occasion a
woman's heart could desire.
$50 to $150 for Each.
'They all are my own designs,'
said Mrs. Child. 'When I found I had
to do something, I started to do a
gown. I sold it at once. I did another
—and sold that. Soon I was proficient
and now I turn out about six or seven
gowns a week.
'I sometimes evolve a new idea in
a few hours. I take what material I
have at hand and put the dress to
gether. Sometimes a few yards of
cheesecloth represents a fine evening
gown. A gown that has taken me a
morning to work out will sell—the do
sign, I mean—for anywhere from ?50
to $150.
'I take In the opera and concerts
—which I never did before. I go in
tor, a hundred activities which I had
almost forgotten. I fence daily—fenc
ing is a great help to the woman who
wants to keep young. I feel today
like a young woman.
Working on a Book.
'I am now hard at work on my
first book—'Inexpensive and Artistic
Clothing for Working Women'—in
which I shall give a new turn, I hope,
to the subject of clothes. Most peo
ple expect the working girl to wear
sombre colors and to starve her nat
ural love for color and beauty—I do
not. But I show the working woman
just how she can dress well, beauti
fully, artistically and charmingly, at
prices to suit her pocketbook—a slim
one very often, though I shall not
only give designs, illustrated color
plates and cutting methods, but I
shall give actual prices, so as to ren
der the book of practical value.
"Pretty soon I shall hope to es
tablish a school for young women
where there can be classes in dress
cutting, so that the old comment
"dressed like a working girl" shall
lose its significance'."
Returns Come In 8low.
LINCOLN, Neb., April 19.—Slow
ness of returns, which will take sev
eral days before coming in from the
outlving districts, make uncertain the
results in the Nebraska primaries
held yesterday.
Stories to the effect that Henry
Ford Is indicated as high man in the
republican presidential preference
vote are without any basis in fart,
for so far no attempt Is being made
to tabulate the presidential prefer
ence returns, the Interest centering
on the United States senatorshlp and
Early tabulations indicate that Sen
ator Gilbert M. Hitchcock, running
strong, with Keith Neville, the oppo
nent of C. W. Bryan for the demo
cratic gubernatorial nomination run
ning strong, though the Bryans say
that the early indications are expect
ed to favor their opponents, being
from the towns and cities, while their
greatest strength will come from the
country districts. ,v
.. &> •.
SIOUX CITY, April 19.—Great im
provements have been planned by the
Sioux City stock yards company for
the coming season. It will erect dou
ble deck hog yards covering 147,000
square ffeet. When completed the
yards will be among the largest and
best in the west. Work will bo begun
at once on the improvements which
are to be completed by the first of
October. They are to cost ?250,000.
is without doubt a record price for a
large farm In the southern tier of
townships of the county was dlscloscd
in the sale of the West estate farm to
Frank Neuroth. The tract Is 240 acres,
two miles south of Haverhill, for
which Neuroth paid $54,000, a per
acre price of $225.
WATERLOO. April 19.—Vandalism
has taken a new form. Ten automo
bile tires were slashed recently. Blood
hounds were called, but were unable
to take a trail because of the large
number of people who had visited the
DBS MOINES, April 19.—Police
have begun Investigation of reports
that Miss Anita Craft, aged 17, who
is in a hospital here probably fatally
wounded, did not shoot herself, but
•was shot by a burglar. It was at first
believed the girl attempted to end her
life because her mother reproved her
for keeping late hours. Finger print
experts of the police department were
called in to examine the Imprint of a
bloody hand, found on the wall near
the spot where the shooting occurred.
It was said the print was believed to
have been made by a man's hand and
not by Miss Craft, aB had 'been sup
NORTEWOOD, April 19.—BepauBe
of her winning the first place honprs
in the all-Iowa declamatory contest
held at Carroll last week. Miss Mil
dred Beckett has been presented a
beautiful diamond ring by the busi
ness men of this city. Miss Beckett
is a junior in the high school.
DBS MOINBS, April 19—E. T. Mere
dith, democratic candidate for gover
nor, has issued a call for a meeting of
other democratic candidates, to draft
a tentative platform for submission to
the state convention to meet here July
12. Hitherto such platforms have been
left to state conventions. Prohibition,
equal suffrage and good roads planks
are expected to be endorsed.
DBS MOINES, April 19.—At the
Skunk river drainage district hearing
engineers testified that 20,000 acres
along the river could be reclaimed at
a cost of $19 an acre and would ne
worth $100 an acre thereafter.
WlNTBRlSTTT, Iowa, April 19.—John
A. Guttier, member of the state rail
road commission, was given a splen
did Indorsement by the home folks at
the court house last night, a largely
attended meeting adopting resolu
tions offered by Hon. E. R. Zeller In
regard to his candidacy.
DBS MOINES, April 19.—Governor
Clarke of Iowa has issued a proclama
tion providing for the submitting to
the voters of the state, the constitu
tional amendment providing for wom
an suffrage at the primary election,
June 5, 1916. It will be necessary for
all the electors not now registered to
register before voting on the amend
ment. The amendment will be printed
on a separate ballot and while it will
be necessary to register in order to
vote the regular primary ballot,
amendment ballots Svill be given to
no unregistered voter.
JT3FFBR90N CITY, April 19.—Gov
ernor Major has tendered to Ras Pear
son of Louisiana, the appointment of
assistant general counsel to the pub
lic service commission. On May 1, A
Z. Paterson, who is filling the posi
tion, becomes general counsel, suc
ceeding William G. Busby, who will
become chairman of the commission,
to fill the vacancy caused by the resig
nation of John M. Atkinson. The po
sition as assistant counsel carries a
salary of $3,600.
KANSAS OTTY, April 19.—Miss Bu
genia Deamer dismissed a $50,000
breach of promise suit against William
W. Jones, realty dealer, because of
defective service, and immediately
filed another suit for the same amount
Miss Deamer is 24 years old and now
lives In St. Louis. Jones Is 37.
MtACON Mo., April 19.—'Harry M.
Rubey, former chairman of the state
democratic commltee, has announced
his withdrawal as a candidate for tha
democratLo nomination for congress in
the first district.
COLUMBIA, Mo., April 19—Four
teen years ago Bmmett Tucker, griev
ing over the death of his wife, left Co
lumbia. telling no one he was going.
From that time until last Saturday no
one In. Columbia had heard of him.
Saturday L. B. Tucker, a brother, liv
ing in Columbia, received a letter from
him. It was mailed at Mount Vernon,
111. He has married again and has
three children. The brothers are ar
ranging to meet.
FULTON, Mo., April 19.—Sterling
Price Glover, 50 years old, a section
hand, was killed near Stedman Tues
day morning when he was struck by
the St. Bonis flyer on the Missouri,
Kansas & Texas railroad and his
head crushed.
LADDONIA, Mo., April 19.-^Mat
thews Shoup. 72 years old, a former
resident of this county, now of South
Dakota, was kicked by a horse and
died Saturday. His body will be
brought to this county for burial.
JEFFERSON CJTTY, Mo., April 19.—
Thomas J. Akins filed his declaration
for United States senator on the re
publican ticket with the secretary of
state today. Coraroy Elder of 8t. Louis
filed for attorney general and Alfred
Petit of Knox City filed for state treas
HATSTNIiBAiL, Mo., April 19.—Mrs.
Caroline Walker, mother of Henry:
Walker, well known Burlington route
conductor, is dead. Sne passed away
In Sheffield, Mo., at the home of her
daughter. Mrs. Julia Dibble,« Friday
night. News of the death was re
ceived here by relatives Saturday.
•HANNIBAL, Mo., April' 19.—Frank
Green, 23 years old, today confessed
to rifling a mail pouch at Bucklin,
Mo., on the night of April 3. He was
arraigned before Tnited States Com
missioner A. R. Smith and pleaded
guilty, being bound over for the May
term of the United States district
court. He could not furnish $1,000
PEORIA. April 19.—During a quar
rel James Thompson shot his wife.
While the woman's wounds are seri
ous, she may recover. Both reside at
Pekln, 111.
QUINOY, April 19.—After reading
an article in a magazine that thero
was no future life and no pnnishment
after death, A. L. Stiller shot himself
through his brain here and died In
STOCKTON,- April 19.—Mineral has
been found on the B. A. Hammond
farm Just half a mile south: of Stock
ton. The Big Six Mining company of
this place, composed of C. A. Ham
mond, R. M. Hammond, W. G. Siemen,
Rube Isbell, El JO. Brown and F. J.
Dickinson have engaged experienced
miners to do the digging and they ex
pect a big find before long.
CHICAGO, III., April 19.—Frank A.
Lowden of Oregon, 111., has announc
ed himself a candidate for the repub
lican nomination for governor. Frank
taught school In Burlington In the
80's and later married a daughter of
George M. Pullman. He has served
In congress three times and is said
to be a fine, able fellow.
WATmrxX), III., April 19.—Conrad
Dehner, a pioneer of Randolph county,
died today at his home In Red Bud,
where he had been engaged in the ho
tel business since 1870.
QUUNCY, 111., April 19.—W. Elza
Williams of Pike county, representa
tive of his district, will announce his
candidacy for governor at the demo
cratic convention at Springfield Fri
day, according to information given
out here today.
JMNSTON CITY, 111., April 19.—
The Centerfleld M. B. church erected
a $1,000 House of worship today and
held services In it tonight. The brick
There's always a
circulation of
cold, dry air
in. the
Brigadier General. U.S. Army
"Tuxedo tobacco gives
a mild, cool and soothing
smok*- I would not use
any other tobacco."
•V. a -of"'*Jr
Duncan-Schell Furn. Co.
from the Cheapest that is Good to the Beit that is Made
preserves your food
'Food flavors can't mix, and you are sure that whatever you put Into
this refrigerator will come out fresh-tasting and appetizing.
Don't make the mistake of buying a refrigerator that hasn't this xwr
feet circulation together with an honest construction that means 'ice
We positively guarantee a saving of one-half your fuel
gas bill by using a Chambers Fireles3 cooking gas stove
or no sale.
foundation had been laid and all the
lumber placed on the ground. The
church was recently organized by Rev.
Wallace Nail, a young minister.
CHAMPAIGN, 111., April 19.—(Mrs.
Kate Mullen today was held to the
grand jury for killing Ray Ludwick in
a light at her home.
iMXUiNT VERNON, 111., April 19.—
The second escape from jail In this
city in four weeks took place here to
day when Zlbe Brown, charged with
burglary, sawed out with a Baw made
from a shoe knife.
KENTON, 111., April 19.—Herman
House, 35 years old, committed sui
cide at hlB home, three miles north cf
this city, this morning by firing a
bullet through his brain. Financial
trouble is said to have been the cause.
The Perfect Pipe Tobacco
Why have so many thousands of men forsaken all other
tmokes for Tuxedo?
Because they tried Tuxedoand found it the one tobacco
with all the essentials of a perfect smoke—supremely mild,
•weet, fragrant and without a particle of bite or irritation.
No such tobacco was ever known until the "Tuxedo Process"
was invented by a doctor to refine and mellow the natural leaf
remove every trace of bite.
Oiher tobaccos make big claims
about so-called processes—but the fact
remains that none of these imitations
has ever equalled the original "Tuxedo
Process." That's why Tuxedo is the
most wholesome tobacco—no other can
be made by the "Tuxedo Process."
One week's trial will make you a
permanent Tuxedo smoker.
Convenient, glastine wrapped,
moirture-proof pouch
In Tin Humidtrt, 40c and 80c
Famous green tin with gold -I A„
lettering, curved to fit pocket J.
In Glass Humid»rs, SOc and 90c
Theres a constant
circulation of
cold, dry air
George Burns Is Dead.
BASCO, 111., April 1®.—George
Burns died Monday night about 9:00
o'clock at his home here. He was
splendid citizen and his passing wijl
be widely mourned. Funeral serrlcea
will be held Friday afternoon at 2:00
o'clock at the German Evangelical
Lutheran church, three miles east o4
Basco, and interment will follow to
the church cemetery nearby. Rev^
B. Olessler will officiate at the, o3»«
Et Tu, T. R.I
Webster City Journal: Theodore
Roosevelt, confessed candidate for
the republican nomination of presi
dent, has ordered his name with
drawn from the Montana primaries.
What's the matter? Is the primary
finally to be murdered in the very
house of its reputed friends?
Hare her« VC»
Private Worries
that blessed pipe with good old "Tux" and knock the daylights out
of care and woe and trouble and all the rest of that tribe. So fresh,
cheerful, sweet, mellow and mild is Tux that it makes you feel
care-free and chesty all the live-long day 1
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