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HEIRESS CHICAGO ILL JUNE 23 1939
12 "je MAID TO REVEAL MORE OF LIFE OF HORLICK HEIRESS Beady to Continue Story in Sidiey Case. BY CHARLES LEAVELLE. Chlracn Tribune lrw Servlre.) Racine, Wis., Jan. 22. Special. Mere of the secrets of this manufac turing town's leading family will gin to reveal themselves tomorrow when Mrs. Mae Harrison resumes stand in the court fight over the for tune of Mrs. Mabelle Horlick Sidiey, Eorlick heiress. Mrs. Sidiey, the daughter of late Col. William Horlick, founder the malted milk company that bears his name, died in July, 1938, in Tor onto, Ont, at the home of W. Perkins Bull, king's counselor. She had been a guest there eighteen months. Leaves Third to Bull. She left one-third of her estate, valued all the way from 3 to 10 million dollars, to Bull. He shares equally with the Horlick heiress' son, William Horlick Sidiey, 27 years old, of city. This son is contesting the will. The hearing started early last week In Racine county's modernistic courthouse, overlooking Lake Michigan. Despite charges of coercion on part of Bull, undue influence and unconventional doings that preceded Mrs. Sidley's divorce in 1931 from husband, Dr. John Streeter Sidiey. Racine as a whole, remained away from the courthouse. This was a surprise to County Judge J. Allan Simpson, who had called for special police to handle the expected crowds. Crowds Finally Come. The crowds didn't come until announcement that Mrs. Harrison, who was Mrs. Sidley's maid and companion for fourteen years, would the principal witness for young Sid-ley. On Thursday and Friday the corridors outside the court were filled with people. They understood at last that the things that have gone on years in two of the Horlick family mansions were about to be told. These mansions are "The Residence," where William Horlick makes his home, and "The Oaks," where Dr. Sidiey lived with the Horlick heiress in apparent happiness before the bearded Bull made his appearance. And Mrs. Harrison told reluctantly of Dr. Sidley's drinking and of Bull's domination of the Oaks household when he arrived there 1927 as a guest of William Horlick Jr., whom he had met on a trip to England. Respected by Townspeople. The Horlicks, Racine people will tell you, control about half the town. And they have had the respect of people for many years. The townsfolk are proud of the family. They still tell pridefully of how old CoL Horlick paid for a plane that was taken by Admiral Richard E. Byrd his first antarctic expedition in 193L On that occasion, Byrd invited colonel and Mrs. Sidiey to New York to look over his boats. Bull went along also and was photographed with the heiress, the admiral, and the colonel aboard the Jacob Ruppert Byrd's fleet. There are other incidents in the life of the first family that Racine people are proud of. They mention them to the casual stranger. They deny that the present trial is really fight between Mrs. Sidley's brothers, Alexander J. and William Jr. A. is backing young Sidiey; the other uncle, who is an executor of the will, is opposing him. When it was understood that this was not to be just a dry probate case, that the life that went on behind the doors of "The Residence" and "The Oaks" was to be revealed pretty fully, the crowds came to the trial. Only 200 at a time, however, can accommodated. Others have to hear about it from those who attend have to read about it in the papers.