PVH Mrs Moss

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THE BTBW ORXEirrAX. TCRSAIV OF PERSIAH »ILK. A. Husted, sh« of the insatiable collecting collecting habit, occurred in 1S54. At the) time of the marriage Mr. Moss was earn- Ing about $15 a week. Prosperity came and with it the means to satisfy luxurious taste, but Mr. and Mrs. Mess were never considered considered extravagant people. Both husband and wife, however, were lovers of fine diamonds, and invested heavily in them. And It is said that even at this early date Mrs. Moss had developed an un rtcn When that to us feather our raven favorite usual fondness for fine fabrics, and had I and build, however, those favor It is, begun to collect odd and beautiful patterns patterns and weaves of silk, fine laces, exceptional exceptional table linens, etc., not for boarding, but merely because she enjoyed enjoyed looking at siieb things and liked to have them In her possession. Mrs. Theodore Mos.s, described as a woman of medium height dark, and asjperience a girl vivacious and pleasing in appear- ' ance and manner, came of old Révolu . midsummer favor. These turbans are K Persian ^ turbans and now the silk ia draped very simply over the ▼ogn© has reached America, so that the ' iaunty draped turban threatens to oust the long popular shirt waist hat from tionary stock, her mother being one of the Stevens family of New Jersey. Her mother was the wife of Peter V. Husted. One of her daughters. Florence Moss, married Morris B. Flinn, once well known as a member of the county Democracy. She afterward married C. H. P. Gilbert, the architect Another daughter of Mrs. Moss married Arthur Wallack, son of Lester Wallack, the famous famous actor, while a third daughter mar- more handsome little after procession led “his following been generally school very rled Eugene Hays, member of an oldj®^^^®* family of bankers, and a fourth daughter daughter married Thomas R. Keator, a member member of the New York Athletic Club, who at one time held the record as an amateur amateur sculler. Still another daughter married William P. Earle of the well known family of hotel proprietors, and the youngest daughter married Edward Braden of Chicago. Mrs. Arthur Wallack, Wallack, Mrs. Eugene Hays and Mrs. Thomas Keator are dead. MRS. IRriSG'S *'MIUTAST" IFAT. The Aetrets In Syiopnthy WMh Soffrnipe TelU Story by Way of lUu«tr*tloii. From thè New York Tribuna Laurence Irving, son of tJie late Slr frame and Is caught at one side with Irving, and Mrs. Irving (Mabel Jeweled ornament or strip of embrold-j Hackney on the stage) are both suffrag- ery, as indicated in the sketch. THE QUEEN OF SHOPPERS A FORTUNE IN UNUSED MATERIALS IN A NEW YORK WOMAN'S HOUSE. Bolts of »llks and Drees Goods. Tableware, Tableware, »liver and Crockery Pound Stored Away In Mrs. Moss's Honee After Her Dratlu From the New York Times. Possibly the most remarkable In- Btance of the collecting mania that has •Ter come to light is that which was reveled by the sale of the effects of ^© late Mrs. Theodore Moss, which has been going on for weeks at the family’s home, 543 Madison Avenue. Details of the discovery of her valuable valuable Jewels in an old pedestal have ap- ]^red in print within the last few ^ys, but in general the larger public has had little information of the circumstances circumstances leading to this find and little little Idea of the vast stores which for years have been accumulating in th© house where Mrs. Moss lived up to the time of her death. Day after day, mornings and afternoons, afternoons, in the gloom enshrouded draw- iBi room of the old 4-story and base- inent brownstone house the voice of the auctioneer has been heard crying out the wares, the assembling of which had occupied the better part of a lifetime, and among which, in addition to much that was intrinsically valuable, there were innumerable items that have long eince lost their value simply through the fact that time passes and fashions change. tion sets of the kind that are sold by agents, and with innumerable first editions editions together with set after set of Thackeray, Dickens, Longfellow. Hawthorne Hawthorne and other standard works, filled two rooms. Several other rooms were Jammed with household furniture. And in still others there was the vast assort- ists of the militant type. ^ir. Irving, as he told the New York Equal Suffrage League at the Hotel Astor yesterday afternoon, owes his conversion to some members of the militant sisterhood who were haranguing the multitude from the tail of a cart in Hyde Park one day when he chanced to go by. >irs. Irving argued that while th© methods of the suffragettes might not be “ladylike" it did not follow that they were improper, and by way of illustra- ment of smaller articles, containing about everything imaginable from tea_________ ______________ sets to collar and cuff sets in linen and!tion she related an instance in which Iher own conduct had not been “lady- From th© largest to the smallest Item hike." though it was “effective and it was all by wholesale—dozens of this, necessary.” a half dozen of that and hundreds upon hundreds of yards of fine materlaL Strangely enough, though both Mr. and Mrs. Moss had been known as large buyers of fine Jewelry, a careful search failed to reveal any trace of these treasures. treasures. The family was amazed. They knew that Mrs. ^loss was not inclined to sell her possessions, and to much of the Jewelry particularly a certain amount of sentiment attached. Room after room was ransacked, but still not a trace of it could be found. FOtJND HEB JEVTEEBT STOBEHOTSE. One afternoon a few weeks ago Beverly Beverly Keator, her grandson, passing hurriedly hurriedly through the drawing room, accidentally accidentally struck his side against a tall pedestal holding a heavy bronze ornament. ornament. The pedestal swayed and toppled, and the ornament came down with a crash. From the hollowed inside of the pedestal several tissue paper parcels necessary, She was exercising an Irish terrier and in addition to the leash carried with her a heavy dog whip. It began to rain, and, stepping to the curb, sh© raised tbe whip to hail a hansom. A man who was passing stepped up to her and made an insulting remark. Almost without thinking she brought the whip down over the man’s face. “I had visions of police courts and all sorts of dire catastrophes as a result of my rashness," said Mrs. Irving, “but do you suppose the man said anything? Indeed, no; he faded right away. Now, that wasn't ladylike, but it was effective, and the same argument appiles to th© methods of the suffragettes.” siiira anA gem«, subseQuently appraised at a roll. mosll^Xî^îe pWer^fweb! »kyavraper Ilonsekeeplng. From the New York Sun. In one of the tallest office buildings in New York a man and his wife keep house. “When they came to me and „„ill A i a - asked to rent a suite of offices for house- til «ni w i purposes.” said the agent of the confined rings and brooches. j building, "I told them it couldn’t be An examination showed that the ¿one, j jjad heard of Janitors keeping pedestal was n veritable gold mine, con- house In office buildings, but I hadn’t talnlng jewelry, nauch of it old-fashioned i heard of anybody else trying it So I as to setting, but with many precious toia them no. laces of intricate design over which ©yes must have grown dim many, many years ago, curious examples of old handicraft in embroideries, and a vast miscellaneous collection of all those gewgaws which women so much admire at all times—-these things in plenty the collection contained, and the.se things, stiil representing a timely usefulness, were eagerly snatched up by the hunters of bargains. An afternoon at the sale revealed a crowd or eager, excited women Jostling one another in the hunt for a place to see and hear, and crowding around the auctioneer like a shoal of fish struggling for the bit of food that chance or the fisherman has cast Into the water. Could the collector herself been present present to note the feverish buying she might have been as much surprised as anybody. For Mrs. Moss, according to those who knew her well, was not the emotional type of woman who lo.ses her head, buys a pig in a poke, and is sorry ever after. The very fact that she was shrewd in bu8lnes.s matters—that she knew the value of a dollar, and that her buying was systematic and with a knowledge of values—makes all the more strange the story of her vast collections. ALE THE THINGS WOMEN LIKE. In her earlier purchases It is probable probable that Mrs. Moss bought with an idea of the practical utility of her possessions. possessions. Fine linens and silks and laces, tableware, silver, crockery, and the thousand thousand and one odds and ends which fit out the feminine wardrobe and th© household might readily enough tempt any woman with a taste for beautiful things and the means to gratify it. But th© Idea of finding use for all her many purchases must have been discarded discarded many years ago, If she ever thought about It, And still this strange victim of the collecting mania—for it is that when It reaches such a point as this—went on adding to her stores, duplicating duplicating and triplicating item after Item, and locking up a veritable fortune In material things, many of which be- ctm© less and less valuable as tlm© went on. So far as could be learned, the Moss family was never aware of the extent to which Mrs. Moss was investing In this merchandise. The house in Madison Madison Avenue contains seventeen or more rpoms, and of these at least ten were used as a storehouse by Mrs. Moss. Bh© carried the keys, and no one ever entered entered the rooms but herself. Here her purchases were tucked away as fast as they arrived, and when, after her death, th© rooms were opened, the sight was on© to amaze even those who knew of Mrs. Moss’s remarkable Inclination for buying, HUIiUBEDS OF VAROfi OF ORESS GOO»S. An elaborate series of drawers and shelves, suggestive of a miniature department department store, had been arranged in a number of the rooms, and into these recBptacles the goods had been poured. There were found hundreds of yards of dress materials and laces, silk petticoats, petticoats, berthas and boa.H by the dozen, feathers and* ribbons by the gross, fans and furbelows of every sort In boxes and packages, many of them still tied up as they had come from the stores, and still bearing the original price tags. H«r books, many, of them subscrip» contained more than three hundred diamonds. diamonds. In addition to this there were Russian enameled garters blazing with gems, a gold owl’s head containing fifty diamonds, a necklace of thirty diamonds, diamonds, the center stone of which weighed fifteen carats, and an endless array of rings, stickpins, dog collars and pendants of pearls and diamonds. Needless to say, the jewels were hurriedly hurriedly taken to more secure quarters. Though of recent years she had lived a retired life, never going to tbe theater, theater, even the one which was still a source of income to her, there had been a time when she was fond of society and of going out. She was never without a box at th© Charity Ball, was often seen at the opera and at the play, and always a striking figure, gorgeously gowned, and wearing gems that brought her both admiring and envious glances. SUE BEGAN COLLECTINO EAKLT. Theodore Moss’s father had f chandler's shop in Maiden Lane. Theodore Jr.’s marriage to Octavla “But the young man reasoned with me. ‘We’ve got to be as high as we can go,’ he told me. “Want to dodge mosquitoes?' said I. “‘Not quite that,’ said he. 'My wife has an aunt who won’t ride In elevators. She has trailed up twelve flights of stairs, but I think she’d balk at thirty-* five.’ ” Woman for C'fatoaso Probation Officer. From tlie Chicago News. A competent woman will soon be installed installed as the chief officer of police court probation work. This was made possible by the Local Council of Women, when the organization agreed to pay her salary during the first year. Every member of each of the clubs affiliated with the organization will contribute contribute ten cents for the purpose, and as the membership Is large, this will assure assure a large sum. The move has been heartily indorsed by Judge Collins. It is thought that the city council will make the position a permanent one, and after the first year will make an appropriation for the salary salary of the officer. I nfants /C hhdrj n n Pl-oraotes DigeslioruCheeiful- ness anditestContalnHieittttr Opimu.Morphiae norMiBerat. Not Narcotic. jSK^i/oujksmmmm fieifâm Smi- jUx.&mm* \ JktMtSaUs- I jImtSmI* I CISIORIA For Infants and Children. The Kind You Have Always Bought Bears the Signature of Apeifect Kemedy forCoraflf»- tion, Sour Stoiîwdi.Dlarrtiœi Worros jConvulskms Jmrisii ness andLoss OF Su£E facSWc Sign»rarf NEW YORK. ____ AtOioonths old j5 B oses -J^C ents Exact Copy of Wrapper. In Use For Over Thirty Years CASTOR» and he unselfishness, him a friend. The a the attention fortunate when upon favor. The based but men wise man, and intellectual sympathetic

Clipped from The Kansas City Times09 May 1910, MonPage 10

The Kansas City Times (Kansas City, Missouri)09 May 1910, MonPage 10
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