The Springfield News-Leader from Springfield, Missouri on December 13, 1925 · Page 26
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The Springfield News-Leader from Springfield, Missouri · Page 26

Springfield, Missouri
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Sunday, December 13, 1925
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After Sentence to the Woodpile iiils P Queer "Fade - Out' 'of the Noble Mural 0, ,( I 7 tVa''" K::ii.!P' - ',4.:a - ', " . PARIS. ITH a crash that has shaken the city, Prince Michel Murat, great - grandson of thi Klng of Naples, has plunged from his lofty perch as the autocrat of gay boulevard life and become a legal Humpty - Dumpty in parts, unknown. I If it hadn't been for that annoying Countess de Salverte and her jewels Prince - Murat might today be lording It over upper class bohemla as he has done for so many years. But having R innately strong inclination for ravel, what could be more natural han that the Prince should, in the present instance, take a train, a yacht r to his heels? For the Countess is looking for lim with blood in her eye. Several tiaillrTs are also running around in circles, determined to uncover the tildlng place of the Prince and his famous rold chain bracelet, from which he . is tever, never separated. And when or father, if they find him, the Prince is going to have rather a terrible quarter of an hour. The Humpty - Dumpty tumble that Prince Murat has just taken came as a violent shock to the public, accustomed to viewing the very noble gentleman as a somewhat spectacular, but eminently refined, character, whose colorful fetes and international gaddings had never been marred by the smear of scandal. But others who - knew the Prince better profess no astonishment whatever. According to these cynical souls, there have been many straws pointing the way to His Hlghness's smakhup. Nor do they have much difficulty in enumerating episodes which certainly seem to back up their contention. Whatever ethical point of view you may adopt toward Michel, you cannot deny that he has always made excellent reading with his exploit and gallivant - ings. The nephew of Prince Joachim Murat, at whose lavish local residence the late President Wilson and his wife stopped during the Peace Conference) nephew, too, of the Czarina of Russia and of Empress Eugenie of France, the gallant Michel bears in his arteries the bluest of blue blood. Ever since he left his native Russia at I the age of sixteen, the Princ haa not lacked publicity. Twelve yean ago he positively leaped into the limelight by marrying MIsb Helen Stallo, ef Cincin nati. Miss Stallo, a beauty ! a belle, was the daughter of Edmund K. Stallo. J whose fortune, accruing from the golden fountain of btandard Oil, was enormous. From her grandfather, Alexander Mnc - Donald, Miss Stallo had inherited $50. - 000,000. Her sister, Laura, destined later to become the bride of Prince Rosplglloso, ia also wealthy. Financial woes, one would have surmised, would be the last thing in the world that either husband might accumulate. ' But such situations often don't work . out the way they should. For during the. " past few years Prince Murat's days have been dotted with disasters directly traceable to the root of all evil or the lack of it. Then why - you may ask, when the Prince gets Into a little jam with his creditors, why In Heaven's name doesn't the Princess rush forward with proffer of a couple of million!? Ah, bat that's one of the most tricky angles of the story. Perhaps the f rincess grew a - weary of forking out funds with which to pay the ' Princes rather exorbitant tailors' bill. Perhaps she thought that any. husband worth his salt ought either to restrain his mania for natty attire or else see to it that he had the wherewithal to gratify the trades persons. At all events, she does not figure in the ensuing incidents, all played to the tune of "Cash! Cash! Who's got the cash?" Prince Murat, nifty little nomad that he is, had felt an urge to visit foreign lands, and, after crossing the Atlantic, had installed himself and wardrobe in New York City's Rltz - Carlton. His wardrobe, very dear to his regal heart, you may be certain, needed, he felt, a bit of replenishing. Into Fifth Aveaue he sallied, bent on the capture of the giddiest regalia which the merry old town V " 1 vf '5t When it comes to buying clothes or, what is practically the same thing, to charging them the Prince is no piker, lie plunged into a veritable orgy of haberdashery. Several sack Buits, a nobbv overcoat, a swagger dinner jacket with the appropriate trousers, a polo overcoat were all duly ordered. "Just send them to tho Ititz," the Prince murmured ritzily. This wasn't, however, all that he "purchased." With a fine, artistij?; truly Continental touch, he commissioned the sur - . torial firm which he was patronizing to - decorate his "undies" with his monogram. The nethe garments were, accordingly, adorned with "M. M.'s" of various colors and sizes. The Prince's concealed identification tags came to a pretty penny. What do you think happened next? One of the firms whose garments had caupht the Prince's eye brought a suit, in connection with the suits that he had "bought," for $1,890. Another of the Prince's shopping playgrounds also got right on the job with a request that he be made to give them $1,099. After1 ajl, putting monograms on underwear is quite a strain on one's employes. These were not, please believe, the only jams into which the Prince was inserted during his American stay. A Manhattan fur dealer had met the Prince at Saratoga and sold him $2,000 worth of fur a Russian sable scarf. Payment was effected by check, which promptly came back marked with the ominous words, "Not sufficient funds." "Theft!" foawed Close - Up of Prince Michel Murat in His Famous "Topper." "l :f V, - , C.'4 ; , V. " fff tM" 9" . w .' Panoramic Painting of Prince Murat'i Gorgeout Fancy Dres tf - 'h. 1 I ' i Panoramic Painting of Prince Murat't Gorgeous Fancy Dress A ;&WVfciU. . ' the furrier at the Prince, who was duly indicted by the Grand Jury. But by that time the Prince was back in that dear Paris. His departure hnd not been a' tame one. A firm of Fifth Avenue jewelers had sued him for $6,647. He had, it seems, got from .the firm, among other things, two platinum brooches studded with diamonds which spelled out "I love you." A bracelet of pearls and diamonds, a cigarette case these were other "gewr gaws mentioned. The lau - 's minions reached the dock V." V Salverte, Who Pawn Tickets. 'T Isttrniuoiil FMtm t&,v . ( - - t a asw i . v dJr T'" 14 f,y i - , ; , , ; . : i 3 ... . C Count... d. ' 'U Countess de Murat with I V"' Selling Her A - Charged Murat with Selling Her (Larnival in Paria Whan Hi Fortunes Ware Unimpaired. Arrow " I . f 1 Carnival in Paria When His Fortunes Were Unimpaired. Arrow Points the uni iu iv nose, iioie uoninn ooiwnn Hie fipienaor or $WJ. .v - 'In a : .,, to Host. Note Between the Splendor of V Contrast : This Scene and His Current Plieht as Indicated bv Inserted Newspaper Clipping, with First just in time to lay violent hands on the Murat motor car, which was the only thing resembling faintly an asset ,in sight as the Prince was sailing. The temerity of boldly slapping down attachments right and left on a personage of the blood royal appears to have had an inspiring effect on Murat's foreign creditors. The first man to "break through this cmbarpo of lese majrste was a London tailor. The sum was trifling' merely about $525. But, the principle of the thing ! When the tailor sought to attach the '1 SB 'Iff ; I : 'V - V' r ' , The Murat Mansion in Paris, Where the Late President Wilson Was a Guest During the Peace Conference. Prince's property in the Hotel Majestic he found that the Prince had checked out and caught the Calais boat. But the - haberdasher was made of stern and steely Btuff. Outraged, he carried the matter to the Twelfth Chamber of tho Paris Correctional Court, which sentenced Murat to serve two months in jail and pay a fine of 200 francs. However, to sprinkle a bird's tale with salt, you must first know where your bird is. Prince Murat was visiting his favorite Parts Unknown. Some Snrlos, Ins. Onat Britain BlfhU Btsensd. News of His Psison Sentence. said he was recuperating from various strains on ' his temperament in Southern France. Others declared he was on the Riviera. Si i l l" others thought it pos - ; i 1 l. - T..I.1. Biuie ne niiKiii, be in Egypt. All of which, being supposition, didn't Prince Murat and His Princess, - the $30,000,000 help the waiting gendarmes out a bit In the meantime, a much more - serious charge was hurled at Murat's royal head. This time it was no tailor, no paltry gem - setter who sat in judgment of the Murat code, but a lady almos, if not quite, as noble as his own "imperial self. The Countess de SalVerte, a handsome and well - known figure of the salons, was the complainant. Almost bursting with indignation, she told the following astonishing tale of the Prince's peculiar passion for monev - iuezlinir. She had stood in need of ready cash with which to continue certain operations of hers on the Bourse. She had handed the Prince her jewels, worth 500,000 francs. She had asked him to pledge them. He had done so. But when ft was accomplished, what had the poor Countess got out of it? The Prince, she averred tearfully, had flitted Londonwarfl; 'had pawned the baubles, and then sold the tickets. By dint of much exertion, the authorities did finally succeed in recapturing the Countess's precious Btones. They didn't, may one add, recapture the Prince, who had done his famous vanishing act. In tho Paris courts Prince Michel Marat was condemned by default to serve 1 l ( - Former Helen Stallo, of Cincinnati, WorUi in Har Own Right . eight months in prison and pay a fine oi 93,000 francs. What, the jocose Princ might have queried, echoing Al Jolson, what's a franc between friends? Kni , how can one serve a jail sentence if oni ' isn't in the proximity of the jail? At usual, the Prince had skipped, leaving be hind a trail of very anxious, fuming creditors. The funniest part of the proceedlngr all along has been the unshakable placid itv of the Princess.' Not only has she failed to come across with funds to reinv burse the Prince's tailors, jeweler and the like; she has failed, also, to get out of temper with his continued eccer tricities. Observed one society chronicler in this connection : "The Scotch blood whlcl came down to her from the canny Mao Donald Is still strong and shrewd it Helen Stallo. The strength which oU MacDonald showed in building up hit millions is undiminished." So vthlle thf Princess - sits tight with two pretty hand! on the purse strings, the Prince, a trai Humpty - Dumpty, not only falls off thl wall of public respect, but hops and skip! all over the world, ducking mandamus But hand it to him for being good at thl game. All the law's horses and all thj law's men simply can't get His Royaj Highness to the workhouse woodplle.l V ' . , " " 4V a, aa. la h 6 f 6 i:

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