The Ogden Standard-Examiner from Ogden, Utah on January 8, 1922 · Page 32
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THE OGDEN STANDARD-EXAMINER SUNDAY MORNING, JANUARY 8, 1922. Lehrman Was Publicly Mourning His Virginia Rappe, a ic Model Was Privately ourning the $500 Coat Almost Gave Her H K.VTJY LKflllMA.V, :he movie magnate who appeared in the role of broken-hearted fiance in the Ar- buck!t? case, paid $1,000 for tiger lilies on i h casket of his dead sweetheart, Virginia Rappe. But only a few days later, afcordins 10 .locolyn Leigh, bright-eyed modiste's model, (lie same Henry Lebr- maii wouldn't pay a nickel on the fur 'oat lie had promised a little New York niiir who is very much alive. She says lip also promised to'star her in the movies --but she actually SAW the coat. The entic was cold without, the coat. £::·· was hot about the broken promise, S:x hi conjunction "with her exclusive shop -where the coat yras bought but not paid for, she shivered to ihe sheriff and had her promising moving picture man- asrev served with a summons. \Vhat she told the sheriff--now told publicly for the first time here--may startle those whose principal glimpse of Mr. Lehrinan heretofore has been as the crushed and grieving lover. If there was a "hero" of the sordid Arbuckle affair, it was Mr. Lehrman. When the telegraph shrieked the story of Fatty Arbuckle's tragic Labor Day party, the first man to register horror -was Mr. Lehrman. "I feel as though I had died. My prayer Is that justice be done. I won't go to the roast now. I could not face Arbuckle. I would kill him. I am no satnt, but he is a beast. This is what comes of taking vulgarians from the gutter and making idols of them. If he buys his freedom, lie must reckon with me. Nobody can pull me off." Thus spoke Mr. Lehrman. He showed the newspaper men Virginia Happe's pictures and the platinum cuff buttons she gave him engraved "To Henry, my first and last sacred love." He telegraphed his friends to give Miss Rappe "a wcaderful funeral." He ordered 51,000 worth ol tiger lilies. He had the public's unquali- Two Photographs of Jocelyn Leigh Minus the "Perfectly Gorgeous Mink She Nearly (but Never) Received. had fied sympathy. The papers said he gone into seclusion -- grief-stricken. But Jocelyn Leigh says he merely went into Madame Routou's fashionable shop on "West Fifty-second street, New York, and picked out for her a perfectly Sorgeous mink coat, Jocelyn. was just tickled pink. She believed Mr. Lehrman was one grand fellow. She believed he was going to pay lor the coat. She believed she was going to be starred. Jocelyn fcadirt been in New York very long-- she believed most anything. Jocelyn's right name, by the way, is Alice -- Alice Simpson. That "was .good enough for Chicago, "where she was born and brought up and spent her sub-flapper days modeling gowns for the Fashion Art League. But when she pattered on to New York to show the Fifth avenue mannequins a thing or \ no about the Middle "West, she became Jocelyn and a wise girlie. But she is even wiser now than on tlie day she snuggled under Mr. Lehrman's protecting arm and steered him along Fifty-second street. Jocelyc was merely wrin-kling her pretty brows over a recent observation -- most Fifth avenue models, she noted," -wore elegant fur coats. But she didn't. 'What a pity! Really, Jocelyn ought to have been reading the papers. She should have known all about those engraved -cuff buttons, and the broken heart of Mr. Lehrman, and how Fatty Arbuckle was going to have to reckon with him. But about all Jocelyn remembered was that.Mr. - Lehrmaa sent tiger lilies to Miss Rappe's funeral afnd paid $1,'000 for them. He told her that, and possibly Jocelyn thought that any fellow who blew in $1,000 for lilies wouldn't quibble over $500 for minks. Especially when the wind was blowing awfully brisk for sweet little girlies. "7vtr. Lehrman didn't quibble. He told Jocelyn he .was interested in her, and Jocelyn believed him. He said "sure" about the coat, according to Jocelyn. And she believed that, too. It was a golden moment for the little model when- she tripped into Madame teuton's and told Madame to make her up "a nice !oat, all brocade and mink fur, suitable for street wear, don't you know!" Madame blinked. Jocelyn had dipped 'ner personality into henna, but was 'she not little blond Alice from Chicago? Could this girl, who once drew $15 a week, HOW afford Paris, creations? Oh! the gentleman with Jocelyn! Her husband perhaps? No--only the-moving picture '.Jianager, Henry Lehrman. Madame had heard of .Mr. Lehrman. Indeed Madame had. Madame was under the impression that Mr. Lehrman was eating his heart out over that terrible I -isiness in San Francisco. But it appeared Madame took all she read too seriously. For . example, Mr. Lehrman's engagement to Virginia Rappe. Mr. "Lehr(C) 1922; International Feature Service, Inc. man, don't you know, was interested in Jocelyn! And he was going to buy her a beautiful fur coat. See his promise-and his check for $75 as the initial deposit. Jocelyn (walked out on air. She . returned for fittings--entrancing words! She selected the richest brocade and the most expensive mink fiir. A bit Tip-stage, she clicked her little heels impatiently if · the draping didn't just suit. She shrugged her shoulders, at Madame,, and Madame, who bad heard much about moving picture manners, compressed her lips on:tart retorts and sent announcements of her Great Britain Eights Beserved. Henry Lehrman and a Photographic Reproduction of the $75 Check Which Came Back from the Bank Marked "Not Sufficient Funds." (0 latest fashions to the little model who hinted extravagantly of all the pretty things she intended to buy--after she got the ./coat. "After she got the coat" . . . There came the day when Jocelyn wafted into Madame' Routon's establishment to wear the coat out on her back. It was then she got her higher education in New York stardom and promises. Madame had heard from her bank. Silently she handed Jocelyn Mr. Lehrman's check, dated October 12, 1321. Somebody had autographed the check on the back with the initials, "N. S. F." Jocelyn looked from the Initials to Ma- dame, who explained that they meant "Not sufficient funds." Jocelyn, a quiver in her voice, said they sounded more like "Not eo friendly." But hope refused to die. There was ihe fur coat--a dream. Jocelyn shed a tear or two on it. She absolutely had to have it! Would Madame not send the bill to Mr. Lehrman? Of course he would pay it; why, he spent $1,000 for the tiger lilies! Besides, he had promised! Madame did. send .the bill. She waited In vain for an answer, and Jocelyn waited in vain for the fur coat. Madame, who wanted her $500 much more than she -ranted the fur coat, gave a sympathetic ear to Jocelyn's sobs.' She put the 'check in the hands of the Credit Security League, 342 Madison avenue, for collection. And ihe Credit Security Company, getting no more satisfaction from Mr. Lehrman thai Madame did, went to court. The firm of Suits. Frankel handled the case. "That's easy," said Mr. Franke!, "we'll just drop him a little reminder and he'll pay right up. Wealthy, isn't he? Seems to me I read In the papers where he paid $1,000 .for tiger lilies for Virginia Rappe's funeral." Mme. Routon looked skeptical. Shd shrugged her shoulders. She remarked that Mr. Lehrman might say it with flowers, but he only promised with fur coats. But the lawyers could go ahead. They went ahead. One letter was dispatched--and remained unanswered. Another letter had no better luck. A telephone call. . . . "Who wants him, please?" "Why, Mr. Lehrman Isn't in right now." Then Mr. Frankel sat down at his desk and drew up in due and legal form a paper demanding that Henry Lehrman, motion picture manager, appear at the Third District Municipal Court to answer the accusation, brought by Mme, Routon and Miss Jocelyn Leigh, that he, the defendant, did promise, pledge, swear and otherwise commit himself to the purchase o: one mink coat,' price $500. for the co- plaintiff, the said Miss Leigh. In proof of which was attached as Exhibit A ona check for $75, returned from his bank marked "N. 3. F." ' · · ' ' "George," said Mr. Frankel to his pet process server, "It's up to you to hand him (he papers. But I don't think you'll have much trouble. The newspaper boys found him easy enough during that Arbuckle mess. Trot around to the stuuio will you?" " · When a week had passed without a glimpse of the elusive Mr. Lehrmaa, the lawyers waited no longer. They went to court and obtained an order to' have the summons served by the mere process Of le^'n-g them at the front door. Mr. Lehrman was outraged at the sum-' inons. He said he didn't know anything about Jocelyn or Madame Routon or the fur coat. He scouted the idea that he would make promises or write checks for fashionable dressmakers or buy pretties for sweet and shivery little girls. At this Jocelyn stopped shedding tears and shed a fow scathing- words about all men in general and one moving picture man in particular. And, ended Joeelyn, if any more grand fellows come along with, soft furs and softer words, slip, Jocelyn, is going to .ask'for a certified check and an affidavit before she allows them to trot'her around at all. And they don't HAVE to star her.

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