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Copyright, mx, tr ths BUr Company. Qrest Britain Mg-hta RtisrvtCL '' Profiting by Mistakes of Her Previous Suitors, "Grizzy" Thompson Wins the Most-Courted of Ml Bachelor Maids, and Proves That Love and Courtship Can Be Made "100 Per Cent Efficient EF , May Van r Alan Who Lost the Heart Newport Thought She Never Had. Mrs. David Dows, a Former Member of May Van Alen's Coterie of Bachelor Maids, Which inefficient" Courtship Made Possible. vain aijbn win never marry." For years this has been society's favorite comment whenever the name of Miss Van Alon, daughter of James J. Van Alen and grand daughter of the late Mrs. Ascor, was mentioned. The smart set long ago crowned her "Queen ot the Bachelor Maids," and there seemed to be good reason for society's belief that she would continue to hold that title as long as Bhe lived, It was no lack of suitors which doomed Miss Van Alen to. bachelor maidenhood. Ever since she made her debut, seventeen years ago, her heart has been the object of persist ent attacks from a never-ending suc cession ot men young and old, rich and poor, including all the most de sirable prospective husbands In America and Europe. Thero has never been a time when there was not at least one man keeping society on the qui vive to know it he was really going to win Miss Van Alen, and nearly always there were two or three spirited con tests tor her hand In prog ress at one and the same time. Fortunes wore spent in the effort to win the favor of this capricious queen every artful method known to love-making was tried; one lover even made good his threat to commit sui cide unless be could have her but through all this siege Miss Van Alen re mained as unmoved as Gib raltar. One after another bcr suitors retired from the lists in despair, leaving be hind them a record of blast ed hopes long and varied enough to furnish tho heart Interest for a dozen novels. "May Van Alen will never marry," they all declared. "She has no heart." Dut now, like a thunder bolt out ot a clear sky, comes tho news that the "Queen of the Bachelor Maids" is to be dethroned that - May Van Alen will really marry! Hqr engage ment to a baker's dozen of eligible men has been rumored at frequent intervals during the past fifteen years, only to be promptly de nied -by her watchful father. In this case, however, Mr. Van Alen's formal announcement leaves no room for doubt that his daughter and Grlswold Thompson, once of Philadelphia, now of Newport and New York, are to be married In September, if not sooner. All ot which proves that society has been wrong all these years in declaring Mies Van Alen heartless. The trouble has not been with her heart, which is qnlte evidently a pen tectly normal, warm-blooded Beat of emotions, but In the fact that never until now was It assailed in the right way When the right man appeared In the person of Grlswold Thompson and applied the right methods to his courtship, Miss Van Alen capitu lated quite as readily as It he had heen the first man to court her. mow did lirlzzy" Thompson do ItT How was he able to make May Van Alen love him when so many other more experienced men had failed? Hero Is the explanation the ex planation that is Just beginning to dawn on the "wise ones." "Qrlzzy" Thompson succeeded because he had tho Intelligence to seo that the science of efficiency can be applied to problems of the heart as well as to tho more sordid affairs of life. Let us see Just how ho applied tho principles of.v,, scienuuc management to tno proo lem of winning America's most fa mous bachelor maid. It was in the Summer of 1911 that Newport noticed the great friendship between Miss Von Alen and the good looking Btranger from Philadelphia, who was being sponsored by Mrs. Adolf Ladenburg. Mrs. Ladenburg arranged many introductions for him and Mr. Thompson, or "Grizzy," as "Frankie Otis failed to win her with French novels, but 'Grizzy' helped his case immensely by reading the Sunday papers to her.' tie was going to apply the principles ot this practical sclenco to his court ship, or how shrewdly he would profit by the mistakes of all the suitors who had preceded, him. Just what Is efflclencyT Lot Mr. Thompson answer: "It Is getting what you want when you want it in the quickest possible time and with the least possible exertion." What "Grizzy" Thompson wanted was nothing less than the heart and hand of May Van Alen that part ot the problem was quite simple. And the tact that Miss Van Alen's per sonal fortune runs high up Into the millions probably did not dampen Grizzy" Thomp son "100 per cent efficient" at love-making. tho ambltloUB young Phlladelphlaus' ardor one bit. -But how to make this woman love him? How to win most quickly and easily the bachelor maid who bad been rejecting millionaires, wine mer chants and popular club men long beforo "Grizzy's" high school days were over? These wore the problems which wrinkled Mr. Thompson's manly fore head tor hours at & time. "How did all theso other follows go about It? What did they do that made their courtship end in failure?" Like a flash "Grizzy" realized that his chances of success depended upon his ability to answor theso questions. He forthwith determined to familiarize himself with all the previous courtships ot Miss Van Alen and to turn tho mistakes of his pre decessors to his own advantage. Of course he already had qulto a smattering of knowledge of this sub ject, for no one can be long In Now port without hearing a great deal about Miss Van Alen's numorous m ill I f 4T . t U) mm mi "Other men had lavished expen sive bon bons on her-the efficient 'Grizzy intro duced her to the delicious lolly pops at a cent apiece. Grizzy's trolley trips scored the hit which the Duke of Man chester's $20,000 motor car tours missed." he came to be known, speedily made good wherever be went, but almost from the first It was plain that Mlsb Van Alen held for blm more Interest than any of the other society belles. Of course, there was nothing sur prising in this. It was generally considered Impossible for any man who wished to make a satisfactory impression on Nowport to escape taking at least a passing interest in her. When Mr. Thompson began court Ing this most Invincible of all bache lor maids, the old-timers merely their favorite comment about Miss Van Alen's heartlessness and added with an air of the greatest assur ance: " 'Grizzy' is hound to Iobo out Just as all the others have done." But when they said this they were not taking into consideration "Grizzy's" remarkable efficiency. Ihey did not realize how ingenious! "Ralph "Ranlett's champagne brought him nothing 'Grizzy' tried the effect of nut sundaes and ice cream soda." lovo affairs. Mr. Thompson, how ever, was dotormlned to go about his task in a thoroughly sciontlfla way and to gather tho required in formation as far as possible from first-hand sourcoB. To do this ho had to become something ot an anti quarian, for Miss Van Alen's first suitor, as near as Newport's oldest Inhabitant can romombor, entered tho lists back in 1896, two years bo foro tho Spanish-American war. Harry Lehr waB this first suitor. He was backed by Mrs, Astor, and was a great favorite In Newport what could havo boon tho reason why ho failed to win MIbb Van Alon? "Lehr was too feminine" That was "Grizzy's" decision after glean ing all the information he could from Nowporters old enough to travel back In memory to the gay Summon Ot 1898-1897-1898. Score one for efficiency! "Grizzy" Thompson promptly began to mako his masculinity as pronounced as possible. He wore only clothes that were rampantly mannish, he danced little and studiously avoided pleasing tho ladles by retailing club scandals as Lehr used to do. Soon he waB pleased to note that tho more he em phasized the efficient side ot his nature, the moro his favor grew in Miss Van Alen's eyes. "Bunny" Hawkes was the next suitor to claim "Grizzy's" attention. Ho had followed on Uio heels of Harry Lehr and had squandered great sums of money in lavish enter tainments for her. Some ot the most costly luncheons and dinners ever given at Sherry's and Delmonico's were arranged by him in her honor and yet. May Van Alen's rejection ot "Bunny" Hawkes was as emphatia as it bad been in the case of Harry Lehr. "Ah," said "Grizzy" Thompson, a great light beginning to dawn on him, "She doesn't like oxtravagance. I will be frugal and saving. I'll buy sandwlohos for her at the delicat essen shops and take her to lunch eon at Chllds'B." On second thought, however, this Beomod a bit too crude, oven for Mr. Thompson's efficient soul, and he compromised by taking her to Bronx Park on picnics. Whon they woro at Newport he gavo little parties for hor on Easton'a Beach, where thoy ate their frugal food out ot a basket without the assistance ot any plush clad flunkies or solemn-faced butlers. After lunch they paddled barefooted In tho wator such tun I Efficiency scored again Just as it had in tho first Instance. Miss Van Alen Bhowed qulto plainly that she liked these simple affairs far more than "Bunny" Hawkes's" elaborate restaurant spreads. And as "Grizzy" noted her satisfaction bo became bolder and carried his suddenly ac quired frugality to an oven more closo-flsted extent Several times he even pretended he had forgotten his money and mado her produce her own purso and pay tho carfare. With all the care of the efficiency expert he was fast becoming, "Grizzy" carefully noted tho effect ot his unusual methods upon Miss Van Alen. It it was not helping his causo, It was at least making her stop and think about blm. Having been courted all her life by men who Bhowered hor with money, her interest could not help being aroused by tho novelty of a suitor whose pockets often lacked carfare. Ralph Ranlett was tho third in tho long list of Miss Van Alen's suitors whose mistakes taught her latest lover how to make his courtship ef ficient. Champagne and the finest hothouso flowers were the high cards he had rolled on to win bis game, and he had lavUhod these on her as only a millionaire can. "Grizzy" was quick to take his cuo from tho fact that all Ranlott'a extravagance had availed him noth ing. "No orchids, no cold bottles of extra dry for me," said "Grizzy," and, true to his word, he and Miss Van Alen became regular patrons of the soda fountains, where "Grizzy" frugally regaled her with nut sundaes and ice cream. The expensive florist shopB knew him as a customer no more, and the only flowers he gavo her were the wild "She refused 'Bunny' Hawkes in spite ef hid ; - expensive dinners, but she loved' 'Grizzy' all tho more when they went wading after a basket picnic at the beach." ones which ho gathered with hl4 own hands. Tho wealthy Commodoro Waters, ot Baltimore, was another suitor whoso final rojoctlon showed the ln efficiency ot extravaganco in court lng a mllllonalross. Whon "Grizzy" found out that tho commodoro had, surfoitod her with wonderful cruises on hta palatial steam yacht, this apostle ot efflolent love-making be gan taking her to Conoy Island and up tho Hudson on ordinary excursion Bteamers. To his great delight, this capricious Nowport millionairess declared ono day that sho enjoyed theso llttlo trips far hotter than sho over had any of the cruises on Com modoro Watera'a yacht "At last," crlod "Grizzy," "I am on tho right track. All I need do is ta play the part of an ordinary flO-a wook clerk, and May will wind up by loving mo." But "Grizzy" was too efficient a love-maker to risk ruining his chances by any display of ovorcon fidenco. Although ho began to sea that ho waB certainly making head way, ho did not glvo up for a minute his exhaustive investigation into tho experiences of MIbb Van Alen's pre vious Bultors. Francis Otis and Cushing Stetson, he found, bad courted her at tho samo tlmo and had both tried to travel tho literary route to her affeo tions. Stetson usod to read her reams of his "Blue Jacket" stories, whllo Frankto Otis tried to win her with French novols. But Miss Van Alen had quickly tired of this form ot devotion, aa tho record ot tho past performances of Messrs. Otis and Stetson shows. Therefore "Grizzy" declared that literature bored blm to death. In stead of novols and poetry, ho brought her armfulB of Sunday papers with their comlo supple ments and colored magazine sections. Long tours In his S20.000 motor car had been a feature of the Duk of Manchester's unsuccessful court ship. "Me for the trolley cars," said 'Grizzy,' "and under his guidance. Miss Van Alon Boon became an en thusiastic trolley tripper. Tho Bad tragedy of 1902 mado a tremendous impression on "Grizzy" when ho learned Its details. Robert Romlngton's engagement to Miss Van Alen had been considered a sure thing one day came the rumor that it had been broken and then Rem. ington shot himself. "One man has died for her," said "Grizzy" grimly, "but I will show her that whether sho loves mo or not I will llva and live with a smile on my face." Othor men had given her expensive bonbons; "Grizzy" taught her to llko lolly-pops. Others gaye up their business hours to court her; "drlzzy" worked In his brokerage office from ' 9:30 to 6:00 o'clock every business day. Othor men talked of herself; "Grizzy" talked about himself. And "Grizzy" Thompson's efficient methods have at last made May Van Alen lovo him. He has won the ten-million-dollar heiress, the mansion lot Nowport and tno proud distinction of being a "100 per cent efficient lover "