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 - C Alfonso Zelaya the twehty - one - year - old...
C Alfonso Zelaya the twehty - one - year - old son of President Jose Zelaya of Nicaragua told in New York Tuesday how the winsome manner of his nlnc - teen - year - old wife had made iW father capitulate and extend the parental blessing he has withheld since the younj pair eloped two years ago While young Zelaya told of the romance his wife sat near in - their cozy little npartment 111 - 2 East Sixty - third street New York contributing nothng in her own behalf further than blushes It was a casa of love at first sight said Zelaya I loved Margarita from the moment I saw her She was Margarita Lee of Knoxville Tenn but then living in Washington I was attending at West Point and the memory of what my father had told me about becoming a great soldier did not deter me for a moment when Margarita and t decided to get married We weo first and then I told father rt - ome had anticipated the welding and there were efforts made by the Nlca - laguan legation at Washington to pro - evnt It but would not surrender Almost Immediately after the wedding I received a letter from my father in which he disinherited me Of cours we had to live ard the only way that we could think of getlng money was to utilize my piano playing Previously I had play xl and studied because I loved music Almost in a day it became my only hope Friends secured mo a few engagements but they soon got tired of helping me who conld not repay and I wua obliged to hunt work for myself Margarita and I lived in one small room while I sought out dance halls hotels and other places where my services as pianist would be in demand I cannot tell you how miserably poor we were In this unfortunate period Margarita be came ill with appendicitis and underwent an operation in a hospital Last August I received a letter from my father telling me that if I would come home to Nicaragua and take up the military profession instead of studying music I would be forgiven I decided to go home but I took Margarita along with me My father had prepared himself to re ceive my w - ife with stony indifference but when Margarita went up to him and threw her arms about his neck and kissed him he Just couldnt help giving in to her Dally my wife grew in the affection of my father and It was she who finally gained his consent to allow me to come back - to New York and con tinue my studv of music Now that my father Is sending me remittances Margarita and I are able to get along very nicely Several managers have listened to my playing and each day we plan out what we shall do when I am playing at the big concerts Friends of young Zelaya say he is a brilliant composer and plays with great facility and ease They predict that he will some day be one of the great composers Mr C C of on of lowing 5 5 Dr 1 K 1 15 and subject of in construction by We to the accident as

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  1. The Washington Post,
  2. 13 Feb 1908, Thu,
  3. Page 9

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