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AndVet the Açjed Millionaire K°elSbiiiid
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Servants, Automobile, Travel,
Unlimited Money , Mr. Alsop
Testifies He Gave His Wife and
Still She Was Not Happy as
An Old Man's Darling

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Mr. E. B. Alsop.
"Peter. Peter, pumpkin eater
Had a wife and couldn't keep her,
He put her in a pumpkin shell.
And there he kept her very well."
HE old Mother Goose method of keeping a wife was not
tried by the venerable Mr. Alsop. But Mr. Alsop seems
to have tried nearly every other expedient and yet he
lost his young and very pretty bride.
Mr. Edward B. Alsop is a Pittsburgh millionaire. He is 75
years old. Miss Effie Pope Hill was only twenty.
When the engagement to the aged millionaire was an
nounced Miss Hill's friends had misgivings—would they be
! "Don't worry." said Miss Pope. "I'd much rather be an 'old
man's darling' than * a young man's slave.' Mr. Alsop is de
votedly in love with me; we shall be very happy."
But they were not happy. Mr. Alsop was devoted. He pro
vided generously all the material things which are dear to a
young woman's heart—city homes and country houses, servants,
automobiles, chaffeur, travel, unlimited accounts for clothes and
But the young bride was not contented and very soon threw
it all over and departed. Mr. Alsop did not tango, at nine o'clock
in the evening bn felt sleepy, he could not match the brisk, tire
less vivacity of the lively bride of twenty. His friends sat
sleepily around and entertained her with over-and-over repealed
ttories of things that happened before the Civil War—the joy
>f being a petted "old man's darling" was a delusion.
Just what the aged millionaire did to hold the affection
of his young wife is told here in his sworn testimony in his
recent suit for divorce in a Pittsburgh court: —

QUESTION (by Mr. Alsop's lawyer 1—What is your full name?
ANSWER (by Mr. Alsop)—Edward B. Alsop.
Q.—And what is your residence?
A.—Sewickley Heights township, Allegheny County, Pa.
Q.—What is your wife's full name?
A.—Effie Pope Alsop.
Q.—When were you married to Effie Pope Hill?
A.—In 1912; I have forgotten the date—the 12th.
Q.—Which month?
A.—I think it was in February.
Q.—Where were you married?
A.—In New York City.
Q. -WTiere did you take your wife after your marriage?
A,—Washington, D. C.
Q.—Was that shortly after your marriage?
A.—Yes. very shortly; within two weeks, I think.
Q.—Where was your Washington residence?
' A.-—Corner of Massachusetts avenue and Twentieth street.
Q.—Did you maintain that residence as long as you and your
wife lived together?
a.— I did.
Q.—What was the fact as to the manner in which you maintained
your residence there and supported your wife? Give a gen
eral statement as to the
A.—We lived together in a large, comfortable house, with every
comfort and luxury which a person of means would be ex
pected to have. She was never restricted in her expendi
tures. Whatever she asked for she got.
Q.—What servants did you have?
A.—Two servants, besides a maid and cook and a chauffeur,
Q.—You maintained an automobile and a chauffeur?
I A.—Yes. and a chauffeur
Q —What was the fact as to w hether or not Mrs. Alsop was free
to contract bills and buy such things as she might desire?
A.—I never restricted her. She bought what she wanted. "What
ever she wanted, I paid the bill.
Q.—Did she have charge accounts at various stores?
A.—Yes; 1 never questioned her expenditures at all.
Q.—What use, if any, did she have of the automobile?
A.—Whenever she wanted it.
Q.—When did your wife leave you?
A.—She left me after we had been paying.a visit in the South.
Q.—When was that visit in the South?
A.—In December. 1913.
Q.—Was it before Christmas?
A.—Yes, before Christmas.
Q.—Shortly before Christmas?
A.—Shortly before Christmas. 1 think it was. I think we went
down to see my son. and I think he was married on De
1 cember 12.
Q.—Did you and your wife return from that trip?
A.—We returned together as far as Washington, where ! got off.
She went on to New York. 1 wanted her to come home to
Washington, but she insisted on going to New' York. We
came as far as Washington together. She didn't leave the
What Happens When You Drop Your Watch
ID you ever drop your watch and
note, with satisfaction, that it wan
still running, only to have your ela
tion turned to gloom a minute later by
Its uneven "tick" and final silence? Did
you ever rap Its rim against the palm of
your hand and fancy you had revived its
accustomed activity, only to find the re
vival merely spasmodic, not lasting?
It makes no different whether your
watch co6t $3.50 or *350—the latter being
the highest price asked for one of Amer
ican make—if it stops after being dropped
the floor, a sure and certain diagnosis
of its internal wound is "injury to balance
The injury may, as in the case of a
human limb after a fall, be a sprain or a
fracture, but you can be positive it is the
"balance staff" and no other of the vari
ous "organs" of ft watch's anatomy that
has been put out of business by the
catastrophe. Whether sprained -that is,
bent—or ' actually broken, "hospital
rharges" for repair of the crippled time
piece will be about the same.
The balance staff is a tiny bit of steel
which serves as upright axis for the little
wheel with spokes whose vibrations are
the pulse of the mechanism. Its length
varies from a sixteenth to a quarter of
an inch. It Is thickest in the middle, and
each end terminates In a pivot point finer
than the business end of a needle. These
tiny points rest in two rubles, the under
one made fast to the bed of the works
and the other to the under side of the
bridge, it Is these halr-llke ends of the
balance staff that suffer through the drop
ping of your watch. They are made of
the finest steel, but their slendernest
Q.—What. If anything, transpired between you and your wife
prior to her leaving you and going to New York at that time,
to occasion «ny such separation?
A.—I don't know of anything. We had no dispute. We had no
quarrel or anything of that kind. She simply wouldn't come
home; that's all. She preferred to go to New York.
Q.—Had Mrs. Alsop prior to that, been living away from horns
at Washington?
A—A great deal of the time.
Q.—What trips, if any, of consequence, did you and Mrs. Alsop
A.—We went to Europe together.
Q.—About when was that in relation to your marriage?
A.—I think it was about the middle of May, in 1913. and we got
back about the middle of June. We went to London, Paris
—we were gone about a month.
Q.—Where did you live in the Summer of 1913?
A.—Beverly, Mass.
Q. — Where did you live in Beverly?
We rented a furnished house that belonged to ex-Governor
Claflin—I rented it furnished.
Q.—Was that a commodious house?
A.—Very commodious and convenient, and a pretty place.
Q. How did it compare with other Summer homes at that place?
A, -Better than the great majority, it was surrounded by beau
tiful lawns and trees and a garden; a complete Summer resi
dence with garden attached, and everything very pretty.
for the Summer?
A. -She favored it very strongly.
Q.- How long did you live there?
A. -We lived there from about the 1st of June until about the
23th of October; at least the latter pert rf October. 1 don t
remember the date, i think I rented it from June to Novem
ber. We were there very early in June, and stayed there
until about, the 2Sth or 29th of October.
Q - When you left the Beverly house the last of October. J013,
where did you go?
A—Waldorf Hotel, New York.
Q. —Who went with you?
A. Mr' Alsop and I together.
Q. -How tong did you remain there?
A -I should say in the neighborhood of well,' between two and
three weeks.
Q. -Wh.it was the occasion of your staying there? Any special
occasion ?
Yes. 1 was unwell; sort of rheumatism In the hip.
Q To what place did you go from New York?
A.—Went to Washington.
Q. -Did Mrs. Aslop return with you?
A. -No, sir; she refused to go with me.
Q And she remained in New York, did she. as far as you know'
A. As far as I know.
vas your wife's attitude in regard to taking that place
Q. lias Mrs. Alsop returned to your habitation at any time since?
-She has not.
Q.—Since that time?
A.—She has not.
Q.—Do you know of any reason for her absenting herself?
—I do not.
Q.—What do you say as to whether or not there is or has been
any reasonable cause for her absenting herself from your
habitation In the manner you have stated, since December,
A.—I know of no reason; l know of no good reason for it.
Q.—What is the fact as to whether you have at all times main
tained a residence for her and been ready to have her return?
A. -It has always been open and ready for her—the house has
always been open and ready for her.
Q.—Have you made any effort to have her return during this
A.—I have frequently made an effort to have her return. 1 have
told her I wanted her to come back.
Q —Have you told her that personally?
A.—Yes, sir.
Q.—As well as by letters?
A.— Yes, sir.
Q. -Do you have any letter that you have written to her?
A -I presume J have; I have at home.
Q -You haven't any that you could get at?
Q But you say that you have had personal Interviews with Mrs.
A —Yes, on several occasions.
,Q. Where did you see her since she left?
A. 1 have seen her in New York and Atlantic City.
Q.—Did you live at any of these places since she left?
A.—No. sir.
Q.—What disposition, If any, was made of her personal effects.
If you know?
makes it impossible for any watchmaker,
no matter how much you «pay, to guar
antee they will not bend or break
through the Jar of a fall of more than a
few inches.
If every time a balance staff Is broken
It were necessary for your Jeweler to con
struct a new one by hand machinery at
his own workbench, you would perhaps
gfiard more carefully against dropping
your watch, for the cost would be exces
sive; but as matters stand, ail large jew
elers carry a cabinet full of tiny phials,
each numbered, which contain balance
staffs, as many as 300 different sizes and
shapes, to fit almost every variety of
American-made watches, and they have
but to consult the cabinet index to find
one suited to your need. The cost of in
stalling varies from $1.50 to $7.50, accord
ing to the value of the watch Itself.
Copyright. 1910, by the Star Compiny.
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A.—Why, during my absence—I couldn't tell you
my absence in Pittsburgh—I spent a great deal of my time
there—she sent to the house; sent a telegram to the house—
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she didn't telegraph me; she telegraphed her maid to send
her things. When I went home they told me that she had
sent on for her hings. That was the first time I knew of it.
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Q.—Did you authorize or give any directions as to her personal
A.—No. I thought that she might come back at any time. Her
rooms were ready for her any time.
Q.—You know nothing about it. except you found on your return
that they had been taken out of your house?
A.—Yes, sir.
Q.—Did you see the telegram?
A.—Yes, I did.
Q.—Do you know where Mrs. Alsop was when your complaint In
this case was filed?
A.—No, I only knew that—I understand that she was West—In
Q. -Did you make any Inquiry to find out whether she could ba
served or whether she could he found?
A.—Yes. I did.
Q.—Did you say that you received information that she was in
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Q.— And did you have any investigation made to verify that?
A.—Yes. I endeavored to, on account of wishing to serve the
Q.—Did you have an address In California?
A.-»-She»wrote me from. I think It was Warner Hot Springs, some
where In California.
Q.—Have you seen Mrs. Alsop since the suit was brought?
Q.—What Information, if any. have you had as to her where
abouts since this inquiry was made in California?
A.—She was In New York for a while, and
then she has been living South with
some of her relatives.
Q.—And wnat is the fact as to whether or
not she was found down in the South?
A.—She was not found.
Q.—Has your wife offered, or expressed, or
indicated any willingness, directly or
indirectly, to return to you?
A.—She has not.
Great Britain Rights Reserved.
Home Where the Youthful Bride Refused to Return to Him.

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