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I.CHENEY DENIES HER STORY Relates How She Had Hoped and Expected to Become Bride of Man Who ' Wed Miss'Arthur. STORY OF HER LIFE IN NEW YORK, .Mr. Cltency Declares She Hns 'No Clnini Upon Him—Wishes Miss 1 Artunr Success. ^ Miss Florence Crosby said yesterday, that sha was "not afraid of a thousanfl Cheneys, with a thousand drawn," and yet she cried when she to how B. P. Cheney, Julia Arthur's husband, husband, had "broken -her heart." She was speaking of her ejection from the Broadway Broadway Theatre by Miss Arthur's representative. representative. -1 "Who am I?" she said when seen in her apartments at the Parker House yesterday yesterday afternoon, as -she brushed away the tears thajt dimmed her sparkling black eyes. "Well, I'm not Florence Crosby. I took that name when I met Mr. Cheney. It serves ihe purpose very well. I shall never, never tell -my right name or where I was born. "/ "But I knew Mr. Cheney four ye&fs. T-hey were happy years, too. He not only promised to marry me many times, but -he really went out to my mother's in California and asked -her permission. 'He always said that he would never marry any woman but me. Every one who knew us considered us man and wife, an r d to keep up the delusion I alw&ys wore a wedding- ring. ' "Wo lived in Bos-ton most of the time and we were known as Mr. and GVIrs. Cheney. When we came to New York we were known as Mr. and. 'Airs. Crosby. We always lived at the Parker House- -to New York. This is my home and- Will be as long as T. stay 'here. Tolil Her of Ills Murriiiltc. "I don'-t know whein Mr. Cheney--flrst met Miss Arthur. When 'he announced his marriage to her in April, 189S, he' said that he had been, married 'to her since- November, 13D7. Mr. Cheney told :"me here in the Parker House. Right here In these rooms," and 'Miss Crosby gazeft sadly around her gorgeously furnich'ed apartments. "He said that he -could 1 not bear to leave me. He actually broke down and cried and tore his hair: ~It was a bitter parting. It made me sick for many a day. I loved Mr. Cheney very clearly. 1 love him — love him— y^t. "No, I urn not an a,ctress. Far-frqjn it. I never claimed to be an actress, although although Mr. Cheney was very fon.l ot,JI)e stage and was a clever amateur. I havj been on the stage. Mr. Cheney sent m>* to the Empire Dramatic School, ; and when I was graduated from tha- school I went with the Alabama Company' 'But I do roy care for the stds 3 . I llkei-ifi-V quiet rodmi-. better than gtotfe glows' -r-,^ ti nr> Hor Tin It to Purls. "The money he says he paid only my own. On Jan. 'i, 1SSS, he-staid me thnt he had been ordered to Colorado Springs on account of bad Ivealtb. He told me to make a trip to Paris wn1le he was in Colorado and to use "m'y money, as he was a little short at. the time, f went to Parin, but returned on Feb. 7. 189S. I could not bear the separation. separation. But when I returned I found thai Mr. Cheney bad Jlot gone to Go\- orudo Spring's. , "I am not disposed to revamp thlsiun- fortunate affair," continued Miss Crosby, Crosby, "but when Mr. 'Cheney has treatSa me so. and allowed such an insuif'as that to which I was subjected af'lrie Broadway Theatre that Saturday night, then 1 cannot beat- longer in silence w | say again i loved Mr. Cheney, but now-1 want my rights, my mining stocks or their value, and I want 550,000 for the Insult I was forced to endure in the eyes 'of the public when I was barred fr.cmi the Broadway Theatre. ; "I have sued him for that amount, ai 1 mean to fight it to the bitter end., will ask for $50,1)00, and more It • It . possible. I am an independent woman;', "Jealous? No. Not of Julia Arthur. Certainly I bear no animosity toward her. I want to see her succeed, and "I want her to know that I would not insult insult her in Tier theatre for all the woria. 1 am too much of a lady for that: "Marry? Not I. I loved only one man. and was his wife and would have died for him. But he can never come in my presence again." ' 31r. Cheney's Denial. Mr. Cheney denied to a World reporter that he ever promised Miss Crosby he would marry her. He says he paid her larse sum when he mar-rlea Miss Arthur, with the understanding that o)l claims were wiped out thereby. He asserts asserts that Miss Crosby has not the sliffhtcst claim on him.