Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on May 19, 1974 · Page 156
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May 19, 1974

Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 156

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PATTERNS by pAullNE Oi. SIMplE'TO'SEW · This pretty summer dress is so easy to sew it answers a busy seamstress' prayers! PARADE'S pattern P-494 is for a wonderfully cool, comfortable dress that you can make in a jiffy. Sleeveless and collarless, its simple lines are accentuated by the seam down the mid- dfe. A self-belt--with whatever fashion buckle you choose--adds style. Sew this pattern in a lovely, lightweight fabric like pastel cotton or Qiana print It's the ideal dress to pack for your summer vacation. P-494 with Photo-Guide is in Sizes 8 to 18. Size 10, with 32 1 / 2 -inch bust,uses 4 yards of 45-inch fabric. | 18 TOORdER: Send 75* plus 25* for postage and handling to PARADE, Dept. S, Box 475, Radio City Station, New York, N.Y. 10019. Print name, address, zip code, pattern number and size. Include an extra 75* plus 25* for postage and handling for a copy of PARADE'S PATTERN AND NEEDLEWORK BOOK filled with many other patterns you can order. Allow three weeks for delivery. Sometimes men say they're married when they're not CONTINUED Eileen's fee is a flat $50--with a money-back guarantee if she doesn't come up with solid, documentary proof of wrongdoing or double-dealing--like a photocopy of a marriage license, for instance. Ordinarily, Miss Shannon never meets her clients face to face. She communicates with them over the telephone or through the mail. She asks her clients a variety of questions to learn the habits of her quarry. "For example/' she says, "if a man travels a lot I'm interested in knowing if he stays at the same hotels all the time or if he hops around. Most men who are straight and honest like to establish patterns in their lives ... I also ask a woman if the man seems comfortable bringing her into his social circle--if he's introduced her to his friends and family." The answers add up to a man's profile. If the profile is "fuzzy," she accepts the case. Many of Eileen's clients are airline stewardesses. "They seem to find themselves especially vulnerable," she explains, "because of their on-the-go life style. I knew one stewardess who went with a guy for over a year before she found out he wasn't really single." Fathers care, too Some fathers have used the Checkmate service, says Eileen, "because they're terribly concerned about their daughters' boyfriends. In one case a worried father asked me to investigate the sailor who had been dating his 19- year-old daughter for almost two years. The boy claimed to be 22 years old, but because of his thinning hair and wrinkled face, the girl's father suspected he might really be older. In fact, he was 34 with a wife and eight kids!" Here are a few of her more dramatic cases: · The Case of the Count Who NevervWas: A charming, young Italian "count" who takes an older, wealthy New Hampshire socialite for great sums of cash turns out to be an escaped convict from a Sicilian prison. · The Case of the Vanishing Shrink: The handsome, successful "psychiatrist" husband of a woman from a very prominent Boston family is really a professional imposter with four abandoned wives in four different states. · The Case of the Hardworking Spy: A "CIA agent" who cons a woman out of a brand-new Cadillac Eldorado is a construction worker with a wife and four children. Although the vast majority of Eileen's clients hire her to investigate men who claim to be single, she has also checked on men who pretend to be married! ·"Some men actually lie the other way," she says. "They say they're married because they're afraid of getting trapped." Truth may hurt What happens when the truth comes out? "The relationship is finished," Eileen says. "The woman is usually completely heartbroken. I've seen some women really go to pieces when they realize how they've been used and manipulated. For that reason, I'm really more interested in educating women --sharing my experiences and impressions with them--than promoting Checkmate as a profit-making venture." Aside from appearing on local radio and television talk shows, Eileen addresses women audiences of all ages. The following are excerpts from one of her typical lectures: "Most women simply don't realize how much information can be obtained from the public record--and the slightest little facts should be checked out if you're interested in keeping company with a man. To start with, there's name, address and phone number--the three positive pieces of information about a person. Had many women just taken the time to check these things they could have avoided a lot of misery ... They're worth protecting 'The way I see it, you have three things to protect: your life, heart and bank account... "I'm not saying you have to distrust every man from beginning to end. I'm just saying that you can't afford not to be safe... "Of course, it does seem that a man's ego requires that he embellish his background a bit--that he add a little color and spice here and there. That's really quite normal and harmless ... "Any man who is genuinely on the up-and-up will respect you more for being cautious .... "Women have been known since Day One to be more emotionally inclined than men. I don't think it's their fault--they wouldn't be women if they weren't. But they should remember that many times a woman's heart can influence her good judgment... "In short, I have one message: Check it out!"

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