11 Aug 1920 Boston Post
and Girl Returns Home Contlnned From Flr«l Pa»e notorious "duke,” who 10 years ago was feted by the city of Boston, who served a term 4n the Charlestown prl«on for passing bad checks and who has done ! time In the jails of New York, Chicago, j Paris and London, the Boston Structural Steel Company of Cambridge decided that It could dispense with his services as consulting engineers. And he told all his girl friends that this job netted him 118,000 a year. On top of this Henri P. Lafltole, a French editor, told the Post last night that DeClamecy was a deserter from the Belgian army, that he had been sentenced to 15 years imprisonment In France, and that he would not be allowed to touch the shores of that nation for 18 years or more to come. The affair with Miss Baumelster was just another case of his hypnotic powei over his fair feminine friends. "Wher hil was with me,” she said, "I couldn’ help liking him, he just made me; but when he was away I did not seem t<i •are about him.” of of Is His Own Marriage Ceremony The Post yesterday found In Bostot information concerning thrqe other glrh who lived with him In various sections of the city and who were supposed to be his wives. But drilling down to bed rock the reporter found that the "duke” had a duc.al marriage system all his own. He had not patented It. however, despite the fact that he has raked In thousands of shekels on his typewriter attachments. It seems that whenever the “duke” met n girl that met his ^ncy he went through a special procedure of matrimony. He had her fill out somethini; that looked like a marrlago license. This he sent to France and when It came back adorned with European hieroglyphics, be coyly told the young lady that they were united In lawful, etc. Field Marshal Year Ago That Is what he did to Miss Del- phlne Turnbull, a dashing young waitress at a Back Bay lunch room. He met her about a year and a half ago over a cup of steaming hot coffee In the Victory Jjunch on Boylston street. While courting her, the ’’duke” reached the apex of his military career, so far as has been yet discovered. He told her he was a field mar- snal In the ’French army. Foch was only a half a step higher. And to show what the allies thought of him he produced two telegrams, one purporting to be from General Pershing, and another from General Edwards, both warmly congratulating him on his "promotion.” Before that he had been merely a general. It was found last night that he had a peculiar habit of sending himself telegrams. He event sent cables, in code, to Clemenceau and other prominent French dignitaries, through the New York office. And there they fell flat for his "stall.” They cleared the office and paid particular attention to his messages. DELPHINE TURNBULL. Then he appeared at the bureau of Information of the French Mission In New York not many months back, crying that his wife and two children had been killed by the ravaging Germans on French soil. A year ago. while living with Miss Turnbull at 154 Hemenway street, he had a pretty little Italian girl come to live at the house and teach his "wife” French. Then he was supposed to be living with a blonde-haired “wife” at his “palace” 868 Columbus avenue, recently. Most of his friends have been around the 25-year mark, but his latest triumph was over a mere slip of a girl just out of her teens. Met Him Three Weeks Ago Blacked Her Eyes, She Says I a accounts Securities account, demand promissory endorsed and for Miss Turnbull found that the "general” was as good a fighter In the kitchen as he claimed to be on the battlefield. For one night he came home—It was last April—and blacked her eyes so badly that she had to wear bandages over them for some days afterwards. They were then living at 1414 River street, Hyde Park, because he was working with the Sturtevant Airplane Company, When they first met they took up apartments at Garrison Hall, later moving to 104 Hemenway street, and then to Jamaica Plain, finally settling in Hyde Park so as to be near his work. That last beating was enough for Miss Turnbull. She went back to her work at the restaurant and tried to forget him. And she Insists that she was never really married to him. He had her fill out the certificate, which looked like a marriage license. This, he claimed, he sent to the French consul In New York and then to France, where his family would stamp their approval on It. Claims Wife Not Faithful Miss Baumelster was walking along Copley square, in front of the library, about three weeks ago. She saw a pretty brown “chow” dog, and being a lover of animals, she patted him. DeClamecy introduced himself as a French "general” and invited her out to dinner the next day, and when she appeared he showered all the nice French exclamations in his vocabulary upon her. They had not been seated at the table long before he pulled out a marriage certificate and wanted her *o fill It out. ■* “Put it away, you silly thing,” he said. And the "general” became peeved. Ha never liked to be called names, he told her. And after that whenever she ridiculed him he acted queerly and became very cross. "Every day after that,” she said, "we had lunch and dinner together at the hotels. And whenever I went over to his place at Columbus avenue he would fall down on his hands and knees In the parlor and beg me to marry him. Decides to Marry Him "Well, after three weeks I finally de- elded to give in. He told me about his family in France, the great castle, the wonderful fields, the nobility, the riches and everything. It turned my head. Attorney John F. McDonald took a kindly Interest in the girl, and he la determined to give the "duke” a good run if the federal authorities keep playing "chase.” He claims that the "duke” is out on parole from Charlestown prison. So he Is going to try to have him Indicted as soon as ihe grand jury meets and send him back to Charlestown. The "duke” yesterday told the Post man of his previous love for and marriage to Miss Elizabeth Giblls. But he claimed that she was not faithful to him; so he said "good-by” to her. Apparently she did not mind It, though, for DeClamecy said that she married another man and Is now living with him at 11 Belvldere street. ^ That’s only three. There are more. When the "duke” was sentenced to not less than six nor more than 10 years in State prison he left a wife and Infajit child destitute In Neponset. She sued for divorce and the custody of the child and won her case. had always been a girl who had everything I wanted. I wanted more. wanted nice clothes, money, pleasures. With the money he claimed to have knew he could give them to - me. My ambition In life had been to gOt all the nice things I wanted and there was my chance, so I took it. "I consented to marry him last Saturday and we started off to Providence together about 4 o’clock. When we arrived there the City Hall was closed. He told me to say that I had already been married to him in Prance and we could get out licenses quicker. Our address was supposed to be in France. "When we found that we could not get the license then, he said that were certainly going to get married, he gave me a wedding ring (it was still on her finger) and asked me to go and register with him at the Hotel Narragansett as husband and wife. "I did not want to do it, but he persuaded me. He had that hypnotlq power over me that I could not refuse hlhj anything.” The books of the hotel showed that they took a room on the first floor, the "duke” did not like that, so he had It changed to Room 633. There they lived until yesterday. On the train to Cambridge to his work the "duke” read the expose In the Post and, arriving in Boston, called up boss. Mr. Gustln and Mr. Shine, officers of the firm, told him to report them. They took him up to the Burns agency on Beacon street, where finger prints told the tale, i DeClamecy immediately called Miss Baumelster at the Hotel Narragansett, but by that time Inspector' John O’Malley of the Providence police had arrived on the scene. Holds ‘‘Dulce’s’’ Dog The detective examined her and told the same story that appears above.