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SET SOCIETY ON EDGE AT THE MINEOLA RACES Children Cry for Fletcher's INVOLVES RICH AND GREAT ... f 11 i Nvvrl OK Strange Affair of Mrs. Frederick 0. Beach, Whose Throat Was Slashed bj a Mao at Her Winter . Home in Fashionable Aiken, S. C EW YORK. Society mys- terles ara the most bal ling of all myitertei. So ciety has a myitery today that would require the best effort! of a Sherlock Holme to solve. It bar tome elementa In H that are altogether unusual In the affairs concerning the rich and great. This mys tery surrounds the attack that was made on Mrs. Frederick 0. Beach at Aiken, B. C. More than a month has elapsed since she was brutally as aalled In the darkness outside her home. Her bead was beaten with a fenoe paling and her throat was slashed with a knife. The mystery Is still unsolved. All the persons whose names bave appeared In tbls affair are In the front rank of high society. Mrs. Beach, before her second marriage, was the widow of Charles F. Havs meyer. She was Camilla aloes, the daughter of Courtlandt D. Mots of Philadelphia. One of her sisters Is Mrs. J. B. Taller, whose New York residence is at No. 48 West Forty seventh street Another sister Is Mrs. Johnston Livingston Jr. The Living stons hare an estate at Hewlett, L. I. Frederick 0. Beach Is a member of several clubs and a close friend and companion of William K. Vanderbllt. When In the north the Beaches make their home at Hewlett In the winter they shift tbelr domicile to Aiken. Mr. and Mrs. Beach are prominent mem bers of the "horsey" set of society, the colony that is devoted to out-of- door sports and gathers every winter at Aiken for shooting, hunting and golf. It Is the Meadowbrook and Hempstead sporting element transplanted. Both Mr. and Mrs. Basen Favorites of - Fortune. Mrs. Peach Is a noted equestrienne, and very fond of the bunting field. Her husband long has been famous as a driver of crack four-ln-bands and as a daring rider after the bounds. His handsome face has gained blm the sobriquet of "Beauty" Beach. His wife is very pretty. She Is still under 86, but looks almost ten years younger. Mrs. Beach's first husband. Charles F. Havemeyer, was the eldest son of Theodore A. Havemeyer, the enor mously rich sugar king. Her mar riage to Mr. Havemeyer was consid ered a very happy one. Two children blessed the union. In May, 1898, Mr. Havemeyer killed himself with a pis tol at bit home at Roslyn, L. I. Au gust Belmont summoned the coroner. A Jury was hastily Impaneled. It con sisted exclusively of men in the same social aet August Belmont was the foreman. It met at midnight, and de clared that there was no evidence that Havemeyer had fired the bullet Into his brain with suicidal intent that the self-shooting was an accident. From her husband's estate Mrs. Havemeyer Inherited a great turn of money. About a year and a half after hit death Mrs. Havemeyer married Frederick 0. Beach. As a girl she was rich, as a widow she was richer still, and at the wife of Beach she still had a greater fortune at her command. All her life, therefore, she has bad all the money she could possibly need, millions of dollars. Aiken Is one of the most fashionable winter resorts within easy traveling distance of New York. It vlet with Palm Beach In the luxurious way of living pursued by the fashionable col ony, and Is far more exclusive than the famous resort on the coast of Flor ida It has been celebrated for years for Its mild climate. Not only those of riches and leisure, but many who are suffering from weak lungs are at tracted by Its balmy atmosphere. Great pine forests cover tbe country for miles all about Aiken, and the air is toft and mild, no matter how bit ter may be the cold In New York. Perhaps a hundred rich and fashion able families from New York, phlla- delphla and Boston have their winter homes there. Then there are many more who run down to Aiken to spend a fortnight or a month. Some of the places of residence are great estates. among the most magnificent In Amer ica; others are big, comfortable . houses surrounded by spacious grounds. One of tbe mott opulent and select country clubs In the south Is at Aiken. The building In which it la housed Is large and luxuriously ap pointed. It Is the headquarters for the smart set, and many of the society people stop there In their fllttlngs back and forth from one place of leisure to another. Robbery Not Motive for Attack on Mrs, Beach. The attack on Mrs. Beach occurred on the evening of Monday, February 26. She was returning to ber bom when a strange man sprang at ber, knocked -ber down with a blow from paling which be had torn from the fence that surrounds the Beach place, and slashed her throat with a sharp knife. Mrs. Beach's earrings were torn from her. It was at first tup- vwf rpf 4 pífela Mrs. F. 0. Bsach, Mrs. Jss. B. Tallsr, Sister of Mrs. F. 0. Btach; Mrs. ' Johnston Livingston, Bistsr of Mrs, F. 0. Beach. posed that they were of great value and that the motive had been robbery, but tbe pendants were found next morning on the ground where tbe at tack had taken place. They proved to be of ITttlo Intrinsic worth. Mrs. Beach said they were family heirlooms her mother bad given her, and she val ued tbem on account of the associa tions connected with them. A mo ment before Mrs. Beach was assailed, Pearl Hampton, a negro woman In the Beach family's employ, was' felled by the same fence paling and presumably by the tame man who struck down Mra Beacb. This negress wap near an outbuilding used at a laundry. She told contradictory ttorlet afterward of having seen some one run out of the laundry and" disappear in tbe darkness Just before she was struck. Atrt. Beach a screams when she was assailed aroused the neighborhood, and her attacker was pursued. He dodged into an alley and escaped. Mra Beach swooned and was taken Into the house. The assault occurred Just out side the grounds. 8be was for a long time In a serious condition and un able to afford the police and detec tives much assistance. She declares it was a negro that attacked her, one that she does dot remember ever hav ing teen before. Naturally every one began to ask questions. Why should any one at tack Mrs. Beach? What possible mo tive could there be? If the motive had been robbery, why bad her assailant attempted to cut her throat and add murder to the crime? Choice Morsel for Those Who Revel In Scandal. Starting with the known facta, so ciety at Aiken and elsewhere straight way became more than busy. It must be remembered that In a small place like -Aiken, where the exclusive social circle Is limited, the vital thing of each day's existence is gossip. It Is like life In one of those little garrison towns I India that Kipling haa de scribed so mercilessly. Therefore every one began building a fabric of theories as to how It all happened. After two or three repetitions each small Incident was distorted Into a thrilling bit of gossip, which presently was passed along as a matter of fact In this way the Beach affair toon be came an Inconceivably tangled ekein of lurmlae and suspicion that widened day by day and Involved more and more people. One of the stories tbat started, no one knows where, and spread with the utmost rapidity, was to the effect tbat a elose relative of the woman slashed Mra. Beach't throat, and that the at sallant and his friends conspired to hide his guilt by charging an un known negro with the crime. Mr. Beach, because of the Inactivity of the police and the activity of the gos sips, employed two of the most promi nent lawyers in Aiken to look after bis Interests, and brought down a de tective from New York. The detec tive spent several days In Aiken, but if be accomplished anything It was not made public. This furnished more food for the gossips, and Mr. Beach spent day after day closeted with his lawyers. Whlspsrlngs Excite Ire of C. Oliver . Iselln. Then a new figure appeared In the case with an astounding proclama tion. C. Oliver Iselln, tbe millionaire New York banker, the dean of the Aiken colony, came out with an an nouncement In a letter to the mayor of Aiken that he would take pleasure in tbe lynching of the person or per sons who were responsible for the slanderous accusations that had been floating about since the murderous as sault on Mra Beach. Mr, Isefn's name had not been mentioned In the dispatches from Aiken before ( oat. He is fully as rich and as prominent socially as the Beaches. His estate at Aiken, .Hopelands, Is one of the show placea of the south. It la named after his wife, who was Hope God dard, the daughter of Colonel William Qoddard of Providence. They have five children. Mr. Iselln Is famous as a yachtsman. He is the owner of the Vigilant, and was one of tbe manag ing owners of the Columbia and other cup defenders. His home Is at New Rochelle. In Mr. Iselln't letter to the mayor ha offered rewards for the apprehen sion and conviction, not only of Mrs. Beach't assailant but of those who had attacked other women shortly be fore and toon afterward. Tbe victima In these cases were servants, and none of them wat hurt much. Mr, Iselln't rewardt, however, have tuch large, ttout strings to them that It Is not likely any private detectives will take them up and pursue the matter on the speculation of collecting tbem. The striking feature about bis letter to tbe mayor was bis expressed desire to aid In lynching the slanderers of Mrs. Beach and her husband. Mayor of Alkan to Make an Investiga tion. Then tbe mayor of Aiken threw bis hat Into tbe ring, figuratively speak ing. He came out with tbe announce ment 'tbat he proposed to probe the matter to the very bottom, and that be was going to pursue his own private and personal Investigation of the af fair. He added tbat he wat not going to take any one into bit confidence, but waa going to get at tbe truth and would make public In due time what ever he found out He declarct he does not propose to have tbe reputa tion of Aiken suffer in the eyes of the world, and he Is going to clear It of every stigma that has been put upon It by the Beach affair, no matter whose feelings are hurt, Tbat Is tbe present status of the mystery. If it ever Is unraveled and the solution gets into print it seems likely It will be one extreme or the other. Either It will resolve Itself Into a case of unprovoked and brutal assault by a negro, or else It may drag to light various society skeletons. As it stands now It has all the elements of mystery that are essential to the first 4,000 words of a fine 8herlock Holmes story. All that Is lacking la the solution and It would take more than a Conan Doyle to Invent a climax tbat exceeds In thrills any of half a dozen that are being whispered behind closed doors in Aiken. Charge Made Involves Frederick 0. Beach. Frederick 0. Beach and Mrs. Z. recently returned from a trip abroad, where Mr. Beach learned that he was wanted in Aiken, 8. C, for trial on a charge of having attacked Mra Beach there. Beach stated tbat he ran from the house to his wife's rescue when be heard her screams. After Mrs. Beach's recovery she and ber husband returned north and sal). ed for Europe. Later a warrant was Issued on the affidavit of a detective accusing Beach of the attack. Beach cabled from abroad that he would re turn home at once. Parrot Stops a Fire. ; Never again will the pet parrot In the Clark home, In New Rochelle, N. Y., be punished for violation of the rules of polite' conversation, or for any other cause. 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