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THE BEE: OMAHA. FRIDAY, MARCH 2, 1917.
JOHN G. ARTHUR SUES FOR DIVORCE Penniless Lawyer, Once Rich, rile 8 Sensational Charges Against Doctor-Wife. WED TWENTY-SEVEN YEARS Sensational charges against his wife, Mattie L. Arthur, prominent woman physician and active in club affairs, are made by John G. Arthur, aged and one-time wealthy attorney, ill a divorce suit filed in district court. The 73-year-old lawyer, now an in mate of the House of Hope, alleges that after years of scheming and the building for herself of a successful career, she has succeeded in obtain ing possession of all his property and has driven him from his home at 1333 South Thirty-third street, leaving him. The professional woman's alleged plot, according to Arthur's assertions, has left him pen niless, without money enough to even pay the costs of the divorce suit. The bulky petition with its start ling allegations was prepared by the law firm of Sutton, McKenzie & Har ris, who ask for their client an ab solute divorce decree and seek to have the court declare null and void a deed made last year by which, it is alleged, Mrs. Arthur acquired the whip hand in the family fortunes. She Studies Medicine. The Arthurs were married at Deca tur, Neb., in December, 1880, and have been residents of Omaha for the last twenty years. According to the aged lawyer, soon after their marriage his wife became dissatisfied with the life of a housewife and de manded that he furnish.her with funds with which to attend a medical col lege, Arthur, asserting that she posi tively refused to be just plain wife, sets forth that he gave her $1,000 with which to satisfy her ambition to become a physician. Mrs. Arthur graduated from med ical school and hung up her doctor's shingle at Oakland, Neb., according to the petition. His wife in a short time, Arthur alleges, became dissatis fied and expressed a desire to seek larger .ields where she wot,ld have the opportunity of building up a profitable practice and obtaining big foes, Arthur recounts that he had a good practice as a lawyer, was interested in other lines of business and was well able to care for his family and lay aside something for old age, but his wife insisted on moving to San Diego, Cal. Once a Leading Lawyer. In the Golden State Arthur asserts that he became a partner of one of the leading lawyers of the Pacific coast and soon built up a large prac tice. But, he alleges, his wife again became dissatisfied and demanded that they return to Nebraska, threat ening to bring about a separation if he did not consent to the change. He says that this change resulted in a great financial loss to him. The scene now shifts to Pender, Neb., where, according to his allega tions, his doctor-wife became dissatis fied after two and a half years' resi dence and insisted on moving hack to Oakland. She became dissatisfied there, he avers, and moved to Omaha. Arthur alleges that as time went on his professional mate became more and more domineering and, "disre garding her marriage relations, tried to rule and did rule the household." He says that she became the "boss" and threatened him when he objected, relating that she ordered him around as if he were a child. Says She Swore. His wife frequently swore. Arthur alleges, shook her fist in his face, and enforced her demands with profanity and wallops on his jaw. He further alleges that she began scheming to obtain all his .property- and system atically carried on a campaign to des tioy his peace of mind. The complaining husband asserts that she would come into his room in the middle of the night, curse him and shake her fist in his face. On one occasion, he alleges, he awoke and found her standing beside his bed soon as the communications reach brandishing an Indian club over his head. Mrs. Arthur, the allegations in the petition state, entertained toward his daughter by a former marriage, a bit ter hatred, flying into a passion when ever he received a letter from her. Irior to April 12, 1916, his wife, he alleges, schemed to defraud his daugh ter out of property that might go to her at his death. The husband as serts that his wife insisted that both h. and his daughter deed their prop erty to a "straw man," who wis in turn to deed the property, to her. Debate About Property. Ifwas then decided to divide the property fifty-fiftv, the husband savs. Prior to April 12, 1916. Arthur de clares that he owned the following property: 960 acres of land in Cheyenne county, Nebraska. 264 acres of land in Kimball county, Nebraska. Property in Omaha in Ambler Place, Park Place, Orchard Hill and Lincoln Place. He alleges that she insisted that all his property be deeded in trust to a third party, the third party to deed the property to him or his survivors, she well knowing, he adds, that she would outlive him. Arthur asserts that she produced a revolver and threatened to kill him and then take her own life is he did not join with her in deeding the property as she specified. Afraid of his life, he alleges, he executed a deed of all his holdings to Harry A. McCord and Helen A. McCord on April 12, 1916, they im mediately deeding the property back to him, with a provision that upon his death it should go to his survivor. He says that he signed the deed through "fear and duress." At this time, he alleges, she started a campaign to drive him out of his home, finally leaving him penniless, as he says he is at the present time. They Make You Feel Good. The pleasant purgative effect ex perienced after taking Chamberlain's Tablets and the healthy condition of body and mind to which they con tribute, makes one feel that living lis worth while. Advertisement. LOAN COMPANIES REFUSETO RENEW Will Not Give Farmers Short Renewals Until the Land Bank is Ready. MANY SEEK CLERICAL JOBS With the farm loan bank not yet actually ready to' make loans, hun dreds of fanners throughout the Omaha district are exceedingly anxious today, for, as this is March 1, their loans with the loan com panies have expired in large num bers. These are very anxious to be gin to borrow Of the federal, farm loan bank instead of from the loan companies. In some instances ar rangements are betn made between these borrowers and the loan com panies for a short renewal of thirty or sixty days to tide them over until they can get the loan from the fed eral loan bank. In other cases, however. It is said, loan companies are refusing to make the short time extensions. Secretary Odell of the Omaha Federal Farm Loan bank is getting many letters from farmers all over the district set ting forth this condition. "The bor rowers are being crowded for renew als at this time," said Secretary Odell. "for some of the loan companies want to be sure to get another two or three-year renewal before the federal bank is ready to accommodate these borrowers." jtecommendations for appraisers from south Dakota, Wyoming and Nebraska for the Omaha Federal Farm Loan bank have been maJe by the bank directors, who h:.ve been in ses sion in Omaha for two days. Appointments Soon. The recommendations have been forwarded tc Wash.iiRtoi.. and the appointments are likely to follow as headquarters. . The;e appointments are to be made on the recommenua irrSini I! 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Though applications for cltrical jobs with the bank number nearly a thousand, the directors say they will not make any of the appointments until they hold their next meeting, March 15. The directors have adjourned their meeting, and alt, except President Hogan and Secretary Odell, have left the city for the time being. Hogan to Washington. President Hogan is to Ictve this evening for Washington, where, on March , he will attend a conference 0." the twelve piesidents of the federal farm loan banks and the members of the federal km loan board. At this conference uniform systems of ac counting are to be worked out, and other details of the opera -on of the banks are to be agreed upon. Within a few days the furniture and fixtures are to be installed in the tem porary quarters of the bank, 1206 1207 Woodmen of the World build ing, where the bank has a suite of five rooms. , This morning mail ac cumulated rapidly in these quarters, although not a bit of furniture was yet in the rooms. "I am trying to de termine now. of the thousands of letters already accumulated," said Secretary Odell, "of which class of mail I have most of applications for Lars, or applications for jobs." Secretary Odell said persons anxiously writing about applications for loans would be answered as soon as the directors could possibly get into ship; to begin to answer the great volume of correspondence. A force of land bank examiners is si on to be appointed by the Treasury department, whose duty it will be to e::ate)ine the federal land banks pe riodically just as federal inspectors or bank examiners now examine the books of the national banks through out the country. Examiners will also be appointed to examine the books of the various farm loan associations which will spring up hy the thousands throughout the country. Everybody r.ada Btt Want Adt. Creighton Boys Debate League to Enforce Peace Creighton law school's model leg islature echoed to a sharp verbal bat tle Wednesday night when the em bryo lawyers debated the merits of Matwin F. Dudley's bill, petitioning President Wilson to enter into nego tiations for the formation of an in ternational league to enforce peace. The negatives won the argument, but not before they had proved them selves in a keen tilt of tongues. Speaker McAvoy appointed Rep resentative Uvick of Frontier county to act as chairman of the committee of the whole. The committee refused to pass the peace bill. Messrs. Mat win Dudley, Robert McGuiggan, Henry Dolan, affirmative friends of the proposed legislation, were over come hy the negative logicians, who reasoned that peace leagues were in effectual because their decrees lack force to compel observance. They ought to be backed by armed force, was argued bv the winning negatives, Messrs. D. Frank Delahoy and G. Powell. Kffffs. Frftsh EffffS. oo ' ' lumDie to ininy Cents Per Dozen Here is big news to knock th H. C. of L. a stinging blow. Eggs, the fruit of the hen, strictly fresh eggs, have decreased in price from 45-cents a week ago to 30 cents a doien today. Today's price alone showed a drop of 5 cents on the dozen. "We look for even a further drop," said Manager King of Hayden's gro-, eery department. "All are strictly fresh eggs. That is the only kind on the Omaha market now. Storage eggi were used up some time ago." Cambro Welsh Society Honors St. David's Day The Cainbro Welsh society will celebrate St. David'a day tonight in Jacobs' hall at Seventeenth . amf Dodge streets. John T. Yates will preside. The program will consist of musical numbers, declamation! and refreshments.' 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