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TUESDAY," FEBRUARY 25, 1930 BLYTHEVILLE. (ARK.) COURIER-NEWS PAGE mi NEA SERVICE'-.INC #y ANNE AUSTIN X "A Dundee, v young for «ui delivered o> cicau.'.cur In n .'ici.j.ii'.ue and a pivin coioreii uo'/j.-j,,' Mrs. Caro- Ir.ie Ithudoa iiiinouneed, wlien admitted to the choicest rouui ou the second Hoor ot Tlio New Rhode." House, successor lu the hoarding house wlilcli had won sensational fame as the "Munler Mansion," tho cccno of two imrltciilurly liorrlbte murders by strii:ijjiilallon.* "Thanks. Mnl'ier Hlioilcs!" lion, ulo Dundee took tho big square eu- vtloiio unil sill U open without due reverence. "I lioiic It's not another warning tliat a murder ts lo be coinniiUcd." .Mrs. Ith oilcs commented. "Tliougb if tbat note's from Ablilo Berkeley. 1 wouldn't ha n bit surprised to hear that she's yelling for lielp— and I can't say I'd bo sorry cither!" sbc added grimly. "Whew! You are bloodthirsty!" the novice detective grinned at Ills landlady. "Sorry to dlsappolui you, Mother abodes, but this Is nothing more exciting than a written confirmation ot an Invitation to spend a week-end at 'Hillcrcst, wlilcli, 1 take It. Is the name of Ibe Berkeley feudal ensile. 1 ran Into young Dick Berkeley on tuo streel today and lio very Impulsively iiTned me to lend him [lie niora support of my presence over a week end which lie seems rather to dread ... Hut why ell tlie nnlmus "gainst Abbie, and Just who Is Abbie?" "Abbie Is Abbio Berkeley, who used to Uc plain—and I mean plain! —Abbie Smith, before sue married Georgo Berkeley, who got lo be a millionaire about '10 years ago," Mrs. miodca elucidated acidly. "How shfl-got a tine man like Ccorso Berkeley Is morc'n 1 or anybody else can see, but get him sbc did, and lately she's been putting on dog like nobody's business! Spent a year In Europe with her oldest daughter, Clorlnda. and then come trotting homo with a penniless • high society' woman from New York for a 'social secretary; all primed to take Hamilton's social citadel by storm." "How poetic you are, Mother Rhodes!" Dundee gllwd fondly. "Has Hamilton a 'social cldatel,' really?" 'Tin only quoting tbo society editor ot The Uonitna TI'CKJJ," Mrs. Rhodes defended herself. "Sho used those very words ibis morning In her write-up ot tbe big dinner- anddanco Abbio Berkeley ts giving tomorrow night To meet Mr. Seymour Crosby of New York, Palm Beach and Newport.'" the landlady quoted further, In a bitterly mine- ing voice. "Believe me, Mr. Dun- dec, It Hamilton's Big-Bugs have lowered themselves to accent oae of Abblo Berkeley's Invitations, II was out of curiosity to see. this Mrs. Lambert and because somehow •he's managed to get a real swell llko thli Mr. Crosby roped Ju to help Abble's gamo along. •it'll 'PI1EKK Al'TEIl I-A I kuew tliero was a In (bo woodpilol" Mra. Ithodoa cried triumphantly, "I'll bet you your next weok'u Iward bill H wnsn'l till Dick llorkeloy mentioned Seymour Crosby Hint you agreed to trlltOT uw.iy H week-end playing society I Maybo you'd heller put Iliat badge In ycntr hullcase!" "I'm nfrnld that, us usual, I'll have to pay my uexl week's board lilll." Dundco coullinicd her «us- lilcloua obliquely, and ho look her Biifsostlon—pinning Iho silver de- tccllvo badge securely Inside a cre- loiiiio pocket of tlio dresslne-cose. 'Tlio society editor illdu't daro Bay nnjtlilug about—IhiUl" Mra. Ithodes nodilcd her tevcrely colffftd black licnd emphatically, as htr oycs unrrowod. Then incojance cliased nwny tlio look of mynlory. "Oh, there's Hint Tilda! Sho stands right In tlio inldtlio o! tho downstairs ball and l,>awlj wlien sbo — and thut Bonnie Dundee met a man hi uould Imtle traveled manjt milct to look dpon. For the true story of Scjmoar Crosby and a certain nighl in London »as one o/ a score o/ mjijlcrici he mould have sacrificed much to wlvc. UST who (j Mrs. Lamfertr indco asked ebeerfully, as «TUST •> Du , ho stt about sacking bis dressing •Recount^ U SOB AVENGING -**~ case for the weekend. "Mrs. Lctltla Lambert, of courso. I guess everybody that can read nos heard of the Lambert family," Mrs. Rhodes Informed him scornfully. "Heal society people blncc before Hie devolution. This Mrs. Lambert was tho beautiful Letltia Cavondlsb, who refused tho hand of a prince and an ear! to marry Van Hcns- selacr Lambert—" "Ag well sho might, It be had n name like'that," Dundee chuckled. "Still quoting the society editor, I uppose?" "Well, If I am, I supposo she tnew what she was talking about." Urs. Rhodes retorted. "Sho had a )lg write-up of Mrs. Lambert when Abbie Berkeley and Clorlnda >rnught her homo with them from Europe, like a prize dog on a leash. .1 you ask me, I think Abbio Berke- ey's got an awful nerre, hiring a social secretary who couldn't have been bribed to ask her to.sit down it her table, when she was nueenlng it over Kew York society!" "Sllgiitly Involved, hut not entirely. uLscurc." Dundee murmured. "Now, Mother Rhodes, be a lamb and help me check this junk to eeo If I have enough glad rags to last me over a Berkeley weekend." Mra. Ilhodcs bent over the. dressing-case. Tennis flannels. That's right! They've got a court. . . . Golf breeches, woolen stockings, sports shirts. . They'll be" dragging you over to the Country Club to play golf and I'll bet my new fal hat Abble'll apologize because, their own private golf course ain't laic out yet! . . . What's this? Just a Tuxedo? Haven't you got a swal low-tall coat? 1 told you tho big blow-out tomorrow night 13 to be formal. . . . Well, it you haven't you haveu't, and I guess they ought to be. glad to have you, oven In a business suit." "What about a little low corned., to liven things up tomorrow evening? I might pin my detective, badge; on my rest and flash It nou chalantly—" Dundee suggested, bl: blue eyes wicked with amusemen at his landlady's horror, "Abblo Berkeley'd have her but ler throw you out and then eho'i disinherit Dick Berkeley for hav ing invited BUCU low-Ufa scum, 1 Mr«. nhodej assured blm. "A crook disguised as a lady b gentleman might pinch tlie fair hblo's pearl necklace, and it would ome In handy to liavo a detective n the scene." Dundco reminded or, "After all, I'll hnvo to give aiitatn Strawn some cxcuso for bong otf duty for a whole week-cud. Vot that ans'thiiig ever hanncus In his town, Eiuco Dan Griffin wns irnoved from circulation," he add- d gloomily. "Not a single honest- o.God murder mystery for two and half months. I've a good notion o move to Chicago!" "Now who's bloodthirsty?" Mrs. Rhodes mocked. "Aud wbere's our bathing suit? There's a atural lake at Hillcrest that's been nlargcd and deepened—" • • * f SCWI11MING tho last week-end In September" Dundee sblv- rcd in anticipatiou. "Won't do any harm to put your lathing suit In." Mrs. Uhodes wns mplacable. Sha got tho suit her self and tucked It Jn"flrmly. "It ho temperature ain't below zero Abblo Berkeley will make you all -ry out her swimming pool, it sue has to push you In." 'You <Ja lovo Abbic, don't you? Dundco grinned. "I tako it eho nust bo rather poisonous. Per- baps U her guests or her family feel as you do.about her, my week end won't be- wasted—speaking from a professional standpoint" ."When you ECO Abblo Berkeley t guess you'll understand," Mrs Rhodes assured him grimly. "I there's anything I can't abide, It's a nobody putting on airs like she was tho Queen of Boumanla, : went to high school with Abbie Berkeley when sbe was Abbli Smith and dldu't have thrco whoh dresses or a real friend to he name, and now sho stares at mi through a lorgnette as It I wag i stranRo species of insect she badu 1 happened to run across before." "Perhaps," Dundee suBgcstci gently, "she was high-hatted EC thoroughly when she was a nobod: that sho Is getting a sweet joy ou of high-hatting others now." "Hunh!" Mrs. lihodca snorted 'She'd a-bad frlenda If sho'd bee: worth anybody's time makin friends with. A silly littlo snca! sho was and a silly, over-drcsse fat woman she's grown up to be But where did you know Die! lerkelcy? At college, I suppose?" "Right!" Dundco agreed. "Ho '19 a freshman when I was a seu- or at Vale. I didn't kuow him very •ell, but naturally we greeted each thcr llko chums when ho bumped llo me on Grand Street today." "Did ho tell you he got expelled roiu Yalo for drinking and girl- basing?" Mrs. Rhodes demanded roiu tlio door. "The papers said c'd left colleno on account ot ill- ess, but it didn't tnko long for ho trno story to get around." Dundee grinned, but said noth- ug. Ho was remembering tho hame-faced bravado with which oung Dick had confessed: "Kicked ut in my sophomore year. Drunk and disorderly. Particularly disorderly. Tlio girl's iinmo wns Clara. It turned out she teat nice —lust as she'd claimed to be." - i . . . • I «TpELL, I'll ho goluj, If tberc'a . " nothing moro I can d» for ' yon." Mrs. Ilhodcs said. Then alia added, her voice quivering: "I sup- [wso you think. I'm nothing but a . loose-tongucd old gossip—" I 'You know I think nothlnu ot ' tho sort," Duudco protested. "I appreciate your giving mo an Introduction to my hostess, anil'to prove it, I'm going to ask you to \ tell mo something more: Havo the I papers hinted at tho real reason for Seymour Crosby's visit to tho ' Bcrkeloys'?" "Tho society editor said In the paper this morning: 'A Htlio bird tells mo that a very Interesting announcement may he. expected by thoso fortunate enough to be among Mr. and Mra. Berkeley's guesta on ' Saturday evening. Mr. Seymour Crosby, who was n fellow-passenger of Mrs. George Berkeley and Miss Clorindn Herkcley when they returned from Europa on the ilaure- tania in August, is said to navo been markedly attentive to tlio beautiful young heiress.' . , . Sha might ]ust as well have como right out and said that Seymour Crosby Is marrying Clorlnda Berkeley for her money." 'I wonder." Dundco said, carefully casual, "if tho well-informed society editor said anything elso particularly cnlicliteniac abort Mr, Seymour Croshyl" wauls me, ... I do bora you'll linvo a nlco time, Mr. Dundee. Dou't worry about tbo parrot. I'll .feed him mysolf. . . . And If Ab lie Hctkclcy lilgh-lmla you, just tell her you heard a mighty fiinny story about her and tlic high-school janitor. Say Caroline Rhodes,, who used lo bo Caroline Baker, told you. nnd that will put a crimp In her!" Tlie pnrrot, Cap'n, who bad belonged lo Ui6 murdered, woman, Mrs. Emma Ilogarlh, and who bad been ot very real assistance !n bringing her murdered to justice, stirred on lib porch, Happed hl» grecn-anil-ycllow wiUBJ, nnd obligingly rewarded Mrs. nhodes wltli a hollow cackle of mirth for her ex 11 line. "1 hato to learo you, my dear Watson." DundciS lold llio parrot, u-aclilne into tbo cage to scratch tlie brilliant licnd. The p.irrot crcted hla bead, then slowly droppc'l a pnpcrlsh white lid. "Eh? What's that!" Dundeo demanded. "7nu mean to Imply tliat mon, or I'll ugt b<j au« to MM •» uudor all tlio la de-da," Dunde* felt A thrill ot anticipation. Th* place, at least, wss good to look upon, with Its landscaped Uwn, tti flower gardens. Its golden lake, 111 big. gracious houso. Maybo thera would be a pretty glvl, Or would It be Just Ills luck to fall In lovo with Clorlnda, who was already engaged to tw married, II the "little bird" waa to bfl relied upon? Ills lost love, Norma Falge, was now Mra Walter Styles, and though sho and her husband were still members of tho Rhodes Iluoao family, ho was ashamed to confess that ho no longer auSored erun a pnng ot vrlmt ha h'ad onco felt sure would bo u lite-long grlct And tlieit lie remembered Mrs. Rhodes' bitter remarks about "Abbio". Berkeley. It Clorlnda wore at nil llko her mother, hU heart would not bo In danger. Ilia taxi driver Mas holdlug open the door. Dundee hesitated before descend Ing. Ilud Mrs. ntiodes frightened him? That was absurd, of courses Ha wns not hero to Ingratiate himself with Mrs. George Berkeley. IIu was hero to make a keen, close study ot Mr. Seymour Crosby, for •lake a point 01 Mint CD timi tor dinner— Ob, there you are!" she carolled, In the Imltatlon-Oitoid voice she frequently remembered to assume. "Dear Mrs. Lambert! How very churmlnj you lookl I tvlwaya say a woman with thnt ell- tery-wlillo hair looks loveliest In blcick, I wish my hntr would turn white, though ot court* I'm too young— Not (hat von aren't prematurely gray yourself, dear Mra. Lambert! But do forgive me! YOU look suoli a picture that you've made mo forget my duties as a hostess. . . . This is Mr, Dundee, Dlck'u chum from Yule. .. ~rou is ray yo»a««r uncetir, Cilgt H rattier, Gevrglni, Mr.' Duo- dc<^ A friend of DicV'i, from T«1»," ho tSSet la bis diugatcr, bis dirk And Mr, Dundee, may I prcaont Mra. Lnmlwri— lite Mrs. Vau-licnueolaer Lambert of Now York and New port, you know," sho added ulunv phautly, and Dundee, us he bowed, remembered Mra. Rhodes' trite Blinile, "llko n I'Hzo dog on a lensh." :«co Ouihlnt u b« mei- cortntii sinister reasons. [So- sides— nnd ho lipped the driver sen- eroujly— It Mrs. Berkeley high- batled him, lie was armed with a against her. And be chuckled. B we shan't lio separated That 1 niny bo swidlng for 'my near Wat. son'? Lct'r. hopo not, but 1 assure you that .'it business looks up at - lllllcrcst. tlila particular Sherlock could not get along at all without his Watson. ... So long, old top. I've got to rnsli to E" thero In lime for dinner. And I rather wish • I litid time- td look Into a nowspn- .• v>cr (llo ot & J«tir ind a. halt ego, ur— thr.t I had as eooil a memory as my astute- Inndlady." » • » UEfiLING rather eori* 1 ' for Mr3. " Berkeley that ono of her guests should not bo able to arrive In a su'.tably Impressive car of his own, Il'.nnle Dundee- betook himself end liis sultcoso. by means of a taxi, t) Hlllcrest, tbo 30-ncro estate ot .'.-Tamllton's richest manufacturer. Tho house was a huso, three. story affair ot roush-bcrcn white stone, with gables and turrets end even a respectably Imposing tower at as« corner. Portions ot tbe walls were mantled with Ivy. Encircling tlio rolling acres wan a high, wronehMron fence, nlth formidable spikes designed to keep out Intruders, but tbo pair ot stately gates ftaa not locked nor had the Bcrkcleys yet achieved the dignity of a gatekeeper. As b>9 taxi sv.'oiit around the curved drlvo Dundee canght a glimpse of tlio lake, which lay to the. east of tlio houEC. Tho setting BIIO turned it Into a brosd pool of molten gold, and for tbe first time since ha bad received the urgent, Impulslf* InTltatloa 2rom young 1JT such tacllca u Mrs. Rhodes suggested proied to be uncalled for. Indeed, Ihe youilg detect lie. whose odldal connoctlon with the homicide squad ot the police department ot Hamilton was known o a very limited number ot trulted icoplo, found lilmaclf embarrassed by tbo effusiveness of hla welcomD. "Dear Mr. Dundee!" th» magnlfl- cently proportioned, hflnna-hilrtd Mrs. Berkeley cried, when,- with young Dick, ho made his flret appearance In tlio drawing room at the dinner hour that Friday evening. "You don't know bow delighted I am tbat my Darling Dick has fouud a congenial spirit In this Bhnstly provincial llttlo town) Tuo poor boy has been simply started for Intellectual companionship. Dick tells mo that since you-graduated from Yale you have been studying la Europe, Don't you flnd America frightfully crudo, lottr- jeois, Eomchovr, metallic. It you know what I mean?" "Aw, lay ofl, Mothorl" Dick begged, his weakly handsome younf facu red wltb embarrassment "UundcSc'3 regular, not a parlor BolBbevlst— Oh, bello, Cad! Want you to meet Mr. Dundee, a friend of mlno at Yale." And then Bonnlo Dundco shook hands with tbo sternest and handsomest middle-aged . man he had over set eyes upon. It Clorlnda Berkeley, by tbo grace of God or tho Mendelian law, resembled this TINY Binllo flickered In tlio deptlia of ijluc-Erny eyes as Mrs. Ijimbort murmured an acknowledgment of the atrocloua Introduction. Hut not a vcstigo of added color In the delicately bcaiitl ful fnco of tlio social secretary bo- trayed resentment or innoyance "\Vtial was your class, Mr. Dun dee ... '2«T /Then did, you by any chniica know my youiig ne£>h6T> Tommy Cavendlsbt" Tho two were itlll talking ot tb popular and redoubtable Tomioy when a miniature storm broke. "HI, Dad! 'Lo, Abbte! Am fenlifully Into, old thlngt . . PB, Dlaldel Who manlian died tbat tie ot yours! It's a hoi ractsl Let mo fix it for you. . . I cay—Where's tho Uhncy Cnnce I'm drloc to set him— Hullo, Tie darllagl Yon look stunning, an I tlilak you rats * klssl" And to Dnndet'f amutment tb small whirlwind, with. pale-greo chiffon skirts whirling madly abou her slim legs, flung herself upo Mra, Lambert and kissed her loom ly. And Mrp, Lambert seemed v«s lonci the college which bad not found lila con good enoujh, "Forget tho 'Ceorglna,' Mr, Pan- dee," Gigl commanded, tbru»Un| out a golden-brown little p»w. "iVl - oaly for offtcUl rccprdt, and .for, niotbef when she's ptrtlculsrty, pc«ved with ms. I find It an awfully useful nickname. You limply, can't say 'Qlgl 1 and Bound real eoru. Try Ul" ehe Invited, then rushed on, before Dundee could possibly, havo obliged. "Wbea I g«t a flog, I'm going to name It Tweet-Tweet' for tlie tame reason! Fancy about- Ing Tweet-Tweet' la a cross Tole^- h, hero's Clorlndal Exit little El from tho ipotllgkt liu't tbi rgcous, Mr. Dundcer* "Shut up, Gigl!" her father coa- ended, but b« rumpled the ibort, Irc-tlppcd browa curli wltti a tond and. |. M*i-ir«aOi ' ; • • • irvr-v^nlr'M'. DUNDEE scjirc'ely heard th* flurry of words wltb which Mra, crlelcy Introduced her dutifhter, lorlndo, for. his attention wai "Olgll I mean qeorglnat' Mr riorVeloy cried dcspilrlngly, "Ho many times bare I told you not holly upon the tall, dart, Insolent eauty, dressed ravlshlagly In a orloil gowa of wine-red velvet, on- domed except for a wldd berths t exquisite old-Ivory lace, which ttung low to reveal tha rln» ot aullleis breasts and tho marble- Ike perfection ot shoulders. His lue oyea eagerly met the somber, rroganl brown ones, but he hid '• an uncomfortable conviction that Ulorluda Berkeley did not see him at all Sho bowed.slightly but the did not epcuk. ' • , "Mr. »nd Mrs. Benjamin—Smith," Wlckott announced. ' : Tho Benjamin Smith*'plunged ittrllly Into the drawing room and iad themselves Introduced by Mrs. Berkeley as "my brother and hla wlto." An tlio detective wns deducing that George Berkeley had mads a moderately rich 'man of his brotbcHn-law. out of Ihe klndnen ot hl3 heart or In eelf-dnfucie, Ura. Smith was twittering to him: fall, dark, dour, kingly man, Instead of her gushing, dyed-haired mother, then heaven protect him, for he was due to fall In lore. . , "Oh, dear! Wlckett Ii homing and looking sternl" Mra. Berkeley fluttered, with a self-conscious trill ot laughter as she cut her eyes toward the bullcr who hid appeared for an Instant and then vanished. 'I ivondcr where everyone II. George. Have you seen ClorlndaT And I do wonder where Mrs. Lambert and Mr. Crosby are? Ot coarse, a distinguished guest llko Mr. Crosby—" Sho paused, with an arch, confidential smile at Dundee; then went on In a lowered Tolce: "But ono icojilj tblnk that a paid social secretary, whatever her former call me 'Abblo' and cot to addre Mrs. Lambert u Tlsh'T And If y don't drop your ridiculous 1ml lion ot an Bngluib. »cc«nt—* "Rllly. o!4 thing* the child drawled Impudently, "I thought you'd bo .fwhtally pleased, don't you know) Subi-deb 'fellows In mother's footsteps—all thnt rot! No, let'a bi brutally frank!" she cried with sudden fierceness. "I do it solely to wlte you up as to how God-awful It sounds. Abblo! We've got phony furniture and phony culturo and a phony family Lfca. All we've got that isn't phony is money, and I guess It the truth wore told, that is all Mr. Seymour Crosby la Interested in I But 1 can't bear for him to laugh at us for a phony English accent, on top ot everything else—" 'George, ara yon going to let this awful child talk to ma ilke that?" Mrs. Berkeley moaned, but tlit words had a parrot sound. Dundee wad sure It was an ancient, ft Ulo. plea. "Do yon know where yonr slater Is, Glfilt"- •giie's holding an impassioned telephone conversation In tbo library." Olgl obliged. "I listened, but I couldn't make out a word. Now may 1 meet this adorable mauT. I know he Isn't tbe fascinating fiance, because ho hasn't a mustache—" And because, for the moment, Mrs. Berkeley was sjcecUIesa .with rage, it was Georso Berkeley, who "And are you Mr. ficymour Crosby? We'va been simply dying to meet Clo's youug man, and ot conreo wa'vo read reams, about yon—" • . ; "Don't bo an Idiot, LHyl" Mra, Berkeley cut in sharply. Thla la Mr, Dundee, a chum ot Dick Berkeley t» "s'.Mil by. old position In society, would rih-ther performed tbe Introduction, Dick's. M.r. Crosby 'hasn't com* down yet, and you really musta't • — Oh!" she broke .off, as Olgl kicked her. Sha glanced toward Ihe w-iOo doorway leading Into tie frqnt hall, and her face was Imme- : dlately transfigured. She glowed, Bho beamed, sho adopcd, ehe fluttered. "No, rllly, my dear Mr. Crosby 1; . You're not at all late.! I do hop* you found your rooms comfortable, and Johnson not fop gbastly a valet, Mr. Berkeley simply refuses most ridiculously to have a 'min' for himself and Dick, and Johnsoa id tho t*3t I could do locally. . . : , But I mustn't monopolize you, must IT I'm afraid you'll find ni a dull Httlo family party tonight. Wo're rah-thor saving our energies . for the big affair ot tomorrow/ night—" And thus Bonnie Duudea met « man whom ho would have traveled many miles to look upon, curiously, speculatlvely. For Duudee wai % born detective, and the true starv^ ot Seymour Crosby and » cs.rtal»| night In London, was ono «( a acor« ot mysteries he woul4 have deed much to solve. • •";,jv,, ;(To E? CaftiKtt)] "Alimoniacs" Ask Protection From Gold-Digging Ex-Wives BY PAUL HARRISON NKA Service Writer NEW YOHK.--H was four years ngo. while being led to jail, that Dr. A. D:illck decided to do something about the alimony laws. Today Dr. Dallek is l.ead of the legislative branch of the National Sccotologicnl Lcngue, nco Alimony Payers' Protective Association. By liis cITorls three bills which would protect tlic husband Irom' tho Boid-cllBging wife have just been introduced in the NCK York State legislature. And tlic orgnnizatlo: born In an alimony jail has grow] to unquestioned rcbiicclnbillty and national scope. Ill New York City alone, thcr arc 2DOO members, and tlic mail ing list is ten times as large. It is only natural, one Is ccrla: that Dr. Dallek should feel dcepl about this alimony business. ] seems that he had been niarric for 16 years before there was divorce. He opposed Mrs. Dallek request for alimony, but rcslgnei ly accepted an order to pay he $75 a week. After all, he had a fnir prosperous practice as a ctiirop- dist in the U|>i>cr readies of tne Ironx. Sent to Jail "Well," he recalled. "I paid lor while anil was yelling along all ight until I became seriously ill. was nway from my oflicc lor more than a month, and a month's bscnce is very bad for chiroiK)- disU. "By llial, time I owed my formcr vifc $350, nnd was given permission to make up the deficit in hrce payments. Two of these were made, but when I owed only $115 : had to call her attorney and bei; wo days of grace so I could inaki. some collections. "Within an hour, he had a com iiiltmcnt order signed. I was jerked out of my oincc and marchct to jail." In 1923, the various stalos, aiv Mexico and France, granted ril- vorccs to 203.G28 citizens of ibis country. For every 100 marriages, there were 17 absolute divorces and 42 separations. "A Superior Court Judge in Chicago," continued Dr. Hallek. "calls alimony 'Ihe grealcst curse In America.' He says there would not be nearly so many divorces obtained on meaningless grounds if women were not sure they could collect large alimony. "In a few respects the la\vs ot New York are particularly severe, but they arc essentially the same in other states. Tho usual pro- cedure is something like this: "Tlie gold-dicing divorccd'lilrcii the highest-priced lawyer obtainable. Her former husband has to ray the counsel fee, so he |>roAmWy ms to hire n cheap lawyer for himself. .Oldrat Alimony Payer "Usually nt the advice of her lawyer, she declares the man's in- mony. Pojansky paid and pnirl. Tlic couple- had four (jrown and self- supporting children, but thev of- wife was allowed S20 a week all- has become a profession now," a woman receiving alimony in one fcml no aid. Pojsnsky got old ana state to merry an ddivovcc In an- lost his job. He was called to court, i oilier state—and receive money come (o te larger than it really |j, nnd mentions hidden assets which may not exist. The defendant may file a correct answer regarding hii income, but only one in 2CO ever is granted a referee's decision. "Temporary alimony is awarded and the cnse Ect for trinl. If the mnn is In arrears on these payments, or has not paid counsel fees, lie cnnnot go (o trial. Tlic trial may be delayed for years, and the ex- husband may be sent to jail In contempt of court. "So long as he owes a dollar, ho has no legal standing and cannot plead his cnse. Physical disability or loss of his position or business has nothing to (lo with it." For instance, there is the cnse of one Pocjanskr. At 74, he Is th: oldest inmate of the alimony Jail. Pojansky hadn't lived with his wifo for 20 years. "For that matter," he said, "we never did agree.' When they finally separated, tho The justice made an unusual decision: two of the children were ordered lo support Iho father; Ihe other two were to pay his alimony to their mother. cTo (Arrest Alimony I.aws Bui another court overruled this decision. Pojansky was thrown Inio jail. He has been there four months now. Said Dr. Dallek: "All we want— • and we're going to do it this lime —is to amend the alimony and divorce laws to the point where bo'.h parlies involved will be mutually bcucfitlcd. Three bills have been introduced in the Slate Legislature. They arc: demanding proof of n wife's testimony concerning hti- husband's income; affording a hus- Irom two men al the same time." band about lo be sent to jail for arrears in alimony a hearing and proirer redress for being In arrears unless the default Is willful and inexcusable." The youngest nlimoniac ever confined in the jail "club" was 10. He mel a gotti-dlggcr one WCCK, married her the next, and the third week found him behind the bars. "This sort of treasure hunting Cardwell News Notes Mr. and Mrs. W. R. Stnnfill received n telegram Saturday saying that their daughter-in-law, Mrs. II. R. SUuiIill underwent an operation at. a hospital In Enid, Okla., Friday. Mr. nnd Mrs. Ell Lockard, Mf. and Mrs. Elmer Goodman and daughter, Betty Ruth, and Douglas Wilklns, all of Pnragould, Ark., vls- led 'In Cnrdwell Friday evening. The boys and girls baskelball learns of the Antioch grade school net and defeated the Forest Grove school teams al Forest Grove Friday afternoon. Scores: Boys—2fi-5; girls, 14-0. Mrs. Eli Bnc>:, Mrs. J. A. Coo',:, Mrs. W. A. Cimninsrmin, Mrs. J. A. Andersen nnd Mrs. Nccly HartsOL: were shopping in Paragould, Arc, Friday. Jake and So; Steinberg returned Tuesday from a business trip to St. Louis. Hoy Slanfill ami Misses Kathleen Cooke and Gladys Keith had business in Kenr.cu Friday afternoon The Cochrum Grade school boys' basketball team defeated the lea PI Irom the Cliildrcss school Friday afternoon at Cochrum, 23-1. Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Grccr ol Hoxlc, Ark., visited in CardwcV Friday. Mrs. Hubert Pace of LcachviHo visited her mother, Mrs. Luiu Lockard here "Friday. O. P. Smith, pcnnie Meredltl. nnd Joseph Rutherford of Cardwell and Jim Carpenter and Alton Hogers of Paragoiild went to Memphis Thursday and drove back soms new Fords for the Gardner .Motor company of Paragould. Negro Preacher Arrested on Physician's Complaint MEMPHIS. Feb. 25. <UD—Dr. J. A. Jones, 47, negro prenchcr-phy- Elclan, was arrested here today on charges of drugging and nttempt- ng to attack a H-ycar-old Pickens, Miss.. Kirl. Dr. Charles H. ingrain, Pickcns ihysician, advised Memphis police a negro who lie believed to be Dr. Jones had twice drugged his daugh- er, Bernicc Inyram, and attempted lo attack her. Head Courier News Want Ads. lUT PRETTY LEU'S TIC My Hair Was Faflins Ouf ami It Was So Gray and Thin That I Was Worried AGED 55 NOW HAIR IS NO LONGEIi GRAY "I think every woman in thcca. _— world who Is turning gray or los- black the same as when• Ijwas."a The Truth About Fat Science has fount! i'uat excess fat ii I.ugely due to a weakened gland. Now physicians the world over, in treating obesity, combat that major cause. Starvation is not advised. The chief factors they use ate embodied in Marmola prescription tablets. People have used them {or 22 years— millions of boxca of them. In late yean, excess fat has been fast disappearing, u every body know i. The method and formula arc explained in every box of Marmola. As you gain new slendcir.css, Iwauly and viiji, you Vnowwhy. Go try tlieraethod which has doncson-,i;c!i.Watch iheamaiiagrtsulls. All drug gi its su pf ly M arno! a at Ing her hair should know about this wonderful Lea's Hair Tonic which they are advertising now." declared Mrs. J. A. Preston, N. W. Station, Bos 52, Detroit, Mich. "I work as a clerk in a popular store here in Detroit and appcfir- ance is everything, especially at my ago of 55 year* You can imagine how badly I felt. My hair was falling and was gelling terribly thin— turning gray rapidly, too. My scalp itched and really friends were no- llclng it. Lucky for me a friend of mine In Washington, I»d., recommended Lea's Hair Tonic, which I couldn't get In the drug stores of Detroit. She told mo sucli won. derful things about Lea's I wrote for it and alter using the first bottle I sent for fix more and thanks to Lea's my hair Is thick, full of life and lustre and back to Its original color. I haven't a gray hair in my head and everybody raves about my hair being so pret- ly. I am 55 and my hair is real •» Co., Brenhvood, Md. girl," writes Mrs. Preston,, who like. • thousands of others have been "J pouring !n letters'of praise to Mri' •'•: Lea, since she began introducing her remarkable hair preparation down in Tampa. FIX Anyone it seems may get tie fame results. In fact the Lea Ton- '." ic Co., Brentwood, Md., guarantees " money back without quibble .or question if it fails to delight any user. Local druggists arc featuring Lea's Hair Tonic. Easy to apply at home by rubbing a few drops into the scalp wjth finger tips. Change Is so gradual experts do not detect. Pleasant and : o£ course doesn't stain. Dally applications few weeks, works the magio —then occasional-use year after year keeps hair beautiful, scalp invigorated, no matter how old you may be. 11 druggist will not ob- U'n of his jobber for you, send dollar bill for bottle by retura mail with full directions. Lea Ton.' Adv,

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