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COMPTON-2B - Her Third Venture The marriage of Miss Compton,...
Her Third Venture The marriage of Miss Compton, one-time Broadway star, and the former Mayor of New York, Is her third venture into matrimony and his second. They had been friends for five years. As early as 1928 they were seen togethtr at night clubs, but reports linking their names did not become a matter of public record until Samuel Seabury's Investigation, which culminated in Walker's resignation as mayor. At the hearing, much was said of an "unnamed person" alleged to have received money from the accounts of Russell T. Sherwood, described by Seabury as Walker's financial agent. Although the name of this person was guarded closely at the hearings, afterward it became known that the person referred to was Miss Compton. After resigning before the charges against him were passed upon by Gov. Franklin D. Roosevelt, Walker went to Europf. On the same ship were Miss Compton and her mother. They went to Cannes, where the ex-mayor and the actress were frequently seen together. Admitted Getting; $7000 Before sailing, Miss Compton had acknowledged that she did get from Walker $7000 referred to in the Seabury inquiry. She said It was payment of a bet. She slung at Seabury the taunt that when It came to "slander," it was "women and ch'ldren first with him." Miss Compton's first marriage was to C. S. Riches of Toronto, a union that ended in divorce in 1926. In February, 1931, she married Edward Duryea Dowling, a dialogue director for the movies. After a honeymoon trip to Havana, from which they returned separately, a Mexican divorce ended that marriage. Recently Walker was divorced by Mrs. Janet Allen Walker, who had been married for years to the man who once wrote the song hit "Will You Love Me In December as You Do in May?" she filed suit at Miami, March 9, alleging desertion and the final decree was handed down on March 27. Walker is 51 years old. Miss Compton is in her twenties.

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  1. Alton Evening Telegraph,
  2. 18 Apr 1933, Tue,
  3. Page 1

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