The New Era. (Davenport, Okla.), Vol. 3, No. 40, Ed. 1 Thursday, September 21, 1911 Page: 3 of 8
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William K. Vanderbllt.
lEW YORK. — Julia Estelle
French, one of the youngest de-
scendants and heirs of old
Commodore Vanderbllt, has
eloped with a chauffeur of New-
port, and has thereby once again re-
vived Interest in the long line of ro-
mance and scandal—romantic scandal
or scandalous romance—that has ac-
cumulated from generation to genera-
tion around the name of Vanderbilt.
It turns one's attention back to the
days when Cornelius disinherited his
son of the same name because he in.
sisted on marrying for love a young
woman eight years his elder. His son
Alfred, who presumably married to
suit him, and who inherited all of his
money, Is since divorced, while Corne-
lius Is said never to have regretted
his marriage. But this Is but one of
many anecdotes to be told of the love
etories of this illustrious family.
Miss Wilson was an extremely rich
young woman In her own right Her
two sisters had married Ogden Goelet
and Sir Michael Herbert. But though
old enough to marry, Miss Grace was
single. "She has not yet fallen in
love," said her mother to the Prince of
"Wales, later King Edward, who ad-
mired Grace and asked why she was
not settled in a home of her own. To
the German emperor, to whom she was
presented, Miss Wilson said, 41 would
gladly marry a foreigner, your ma-
jesty, but I could marry no one If 1
did not first fall In love."
Fall in love she did, with young
Cornelius Vanderbilt. The match, be-
cause of the young woman's age, waB
bitterly opposed by the bridegroom's
father, and the young man was prac
tically turned out of the house. But
nevertheless the young couple were
quietly married. A year later old
Cornelius died and disinherited his son
of the same name "for disobedience to
Wilson Comes to the Rescue.
"My daughter, Grace, loves you,"
R. T. Wilson to the young Vanderbilt
without a fortune, "and if your fa-
ther hasn't left you with enough to
support your family, 1 guess I've got
<mough for you both."
Young Cornelius went to work, and
In the last ten years has perfected
enough valuable machinery more than
to support his wife and family. Be-
sides any such sums, he received $G,-
000,000 as a gift from his brother Al-
fred, to whom the father left most at
his fortune. So the old man did not
cheat love out of Its due of worldly
fortune after all. You wouldn't think
he would wish to put a ban on continu-
ous and happy lovti In his family.
There has not been enough of it to
The second son, Alfred Gwyne Van-
derbilt, came Into possession of $50,-
000,000 by the will of his father, but
tt did not bring him a happy marriage.
He gave his family great pleasure by
wedding Miss Elsie French, a repre-
sentative New York girl of old family,
flhe had a great fortune In her own
right, but not In comparison with the
fortune of her husband. She was de-
scribed at the time of her marriage
which took place with great pomp at
Newport, as being one of the blondest
and one of the prettiest young women
of the smart set. Her hair was of
pale straw color. It grew abundantly
on her head, and she wore it in a loose
fluff around her face. Her skin was
fair and her eyes were like blue
Reginald's Romance Still Holds.
She was fond of her husband's fa-
vorite pastime of coaching, and was
his frequent companion on trips be-
tween New York and Philadelphia.
But for some reason or other, they
could not "hit it off." Alfred was not
scholarly and he was not constant in
his affections. His defections have
been costly. They have cost him his
wife and a tremendous alimony, and
the society of his ten-year-old son, who
was to have had the bulk of his for-
There was one other brother who
has alwayB been a romantic figure in
the society of the country. This is
Reginald—lover of horses and, more
remarkable perhaps, of his wife. He
married Kathleen Neilson when she
was the youngest and prettiest de-
butante of the year in New York. She
had been out only a little, and then
under the escort of her uncle, Fred-
erick Gebhard. She was almost un-
known to society at that time, but her
family was an old and an honorable
one. "Baby Kathleen," as she was
called then, had spent her life in the
nursery and abroad at school. She
went from the convent into the mil-
Since her marriage she has lived
at Newport, where she has built one of
the handsomest houses in Rhode Is-
land. It 1b a palace, and she enter-
tains vast parties of house guests In
It. Like the czarina of Russia, she
seldom sets off her own groundB. She
goes frequently over her estate, nnd
she drives out occasionally with her
husband. When he exhibits his horses
she usually travels to the shows
with him, however remote they may
be from her residence. She was seen
frequently in Chicago, when he drove
here. She went to New York to the
debut and to the wedding of her sis-
ter-in-law, who was Gladys Vander-
bilt. But she returned to her home
"I wouldn't live In New York for the
world," she has said.
She Is the prettiest and the most
democratic of all the three Vander-
bilt sisters-in-law. Mrs. Cornelius is
the leader socially, and Mrs. Alfred
was the most blonde and the most
practical. She was the most economl
cal and the least talkative. Mrs.
Cornelius Is the most brilliant, the
stateliest, and the greatest society
woman of them all.
Unhappy Romance of Consuelo.
All of the Vanderbllt romances,
however, are not confined to this one
Immediate family. The subject cannot
be mentioned without a word about
THE VANDER 8ILTS.
Julia Estelle French of Newport
eloped with Jack Geraghty, chauffeur.
Cornelius Vanderbilt III, married
Grace Wilson, eight years hi« senior,
and was dispossessed of $50,000,000
by his father.
Reginald Vanderbilt married Kath-
leen Neilson, who was comparatively
poor. They have to all appearances
lived happily ever after.
Gertrude Vanderbllt married H«nry
Payne Whitney and Is living happily
with her husband and two children.
A FEW OF THE DIVORCES IN THE
W. K. Vanderbllt divorced and mar-
Consuelo Vanderbllt separated from
the Duke of Marlborough.
Mrs. W. K. Vanderbilt divorced and
married to the late O. H. P. Belmont.
Mrs. Frederick Vanderbilt divorced
from her first husband, who was of
the Vanderbllt family.
Elliott Shepard, great-grandson of
Commodore Vanderbllt, once separated
from his wife.
Col. Vanderbilt Allen, son-in-law of
William Henry Vanderbllt, separated
from his second wife.
Mrs. Clarence Collins, granddaugh-
ter of Commodore Vanderbilt, di-
Countess Czalkowsky, great-grand-
daughter of Commodore Vanderbilt, di-
Leroy Dresser, brother of Mrs,
George Vanderbilt, divorced.
the unhappy marriage of Consuelo,
Duchess of Marlborough, daughter of
Willie K. Vanderbllt and the woman
who is now Mrs. O. H. P. Belmont.
The papers gave a page to the descrip-
tion of the wedding. It was one of the
largest society events ever known in
the United States. Some of the head-
lines read, "Hands Go With Hearts,"
and the orchestra played "Oh, Perfect
Love" during the ceremony.
When the new American duchess
went for the first time to her new es-
tate, the servants who had been In her
husband's family through years turned
out to give her a hearty greeting. The
nobility of England received and loved
her. She was soon famous for her en-
tertainment and her charities. But
there was no denying it—her marriage
was not a success.
The duchess looked and was unhap-
py. Her father tried to adju3t the dif-
ficulties of his daughter with her hus-
band even while he was undergoing
difficulties with his wife which led
eventually to divorce. The king of
England is said to have tried to bring
the two together. But it could not be
done. They are now living separately,
with the two children In the custody
of the duchess, except for a brief
period every year.
When her father married Mrs. Ruth
SI BIG OKLAHOMA STATE FAIR
The Oklahoma State Fair, Oklahoma City, September 26 to October 1,
Is ready for all the people. Railroad* entering Oklahoma City have put on a
fare of 2 cents a mile each way. A well balanced program has been arranged
so that there will be something doing all the time. Music will be distributed
when the people most congregate. The race program In the afternoon will
have unusual features and the big night show will be especially good.
Here is a partial list of the special features that will make the 1911
State Fair at Oklahoma City a pleasant event:
Tuesday, September 26—Oklahoma City Day—Gates will open at 7 a. m.
with complete exhibitions in all the buildings and departments. Judging
In Culinary Department. Opening exercises at 10 a. m., speaking by Senator
Robert L. Owen, Gov. Lee Cruce and probably Senator Thos. P. Gore. Herbert
A. Kline's shows and permanent attractions all day. 1 p. m. races 2:18 trot,
$500; 2:17 pace, $500; four running races, with free vaudeville.
Wednesday, September 27—National Speaker's Day—Address to be mads
by some man of national prominence yet to bo named. Judging in poultry,
fine arts, farm products, fruits and flowers, education. Nowata and Bokoshe
bands. Races 1:30 to 6 p. m., with vaudeville; Weekly Oklahoman's 2-year-
old trot; 2:11 pace, $600; four running events. Kline shows and permanent
attractions all day.
Thursday, September 28—State Day—People asked to meet state officials,
delegation in congress and members of legislature, 9 a. m. Judging of swine,
dairy cattle, dairy, farm products, fruits and flowers and education. Bund
concerts morning and afternoon. Kline shows and permanent attractions all
day. 1 p. m. Races—Free-for-all trot, $500; %-mlle- dash, free-for-all pace;
four lunning races.
Friday, September 29—Educational and Children's Day—Free admission
to all children of the common schools of Oklahoma. Judging In swine, dairy
cattle, bees and honey, farm product#, fruits and flowers in the morning.
Kline shows and permanent amusements all day. Six races and free vaude-
ville all the afternoon. 2:15 trot, $700;; freo-for-all pace, $500; four running
races. Ponca City and Thomas bands.
Saturday, September 30—Press Day and Traveling Men's Day—News-
paper publishers oj Oklahoma and traveling men will be guests of the State
Fair. 9 a. m. judging of sheep, farm products, fruits and flowers. Three bands
In concert morning and afternoon. Midway attractions all day. 1 p. m,
Raccb—2:30 trot, "Oklahoma Travelers' Stake," $1,000; 2:09 pace, $700;
"Press Handicap," $500; four other running events. Free vaudeville. 8 p m.,
meeting of Oklahoma Horse Breeders' association.
Sunday, October 1—Music Day—Metropolitan Concert Band and the
Monday, October 2—Soldiers' Day—All soldiers of the Civil, Mexican and
Spanish wars will meet in reunion. Opening of A. & M. School for boys and
girls. Judging of Short Horns and Percherons at 9 a. m. Metropolitan,
Hobart and Okmulgee bands. Kline and permanent shows all day. Racing
from 1:30 to 5, with free vaudeville. 2:30 2-year-old trot, $500; 2-year-old
pace, $400; four running events. 8 p. m. opening of Oklahoma Horse Show
in mammoth Live Stock Pavilion. Vaudeville, polo, push ball and live stock
parade. 7:30 p. m., meeting of Oklahoma Swine Breeders' association.
Tuesday, October 3—Fraternal Day—Responding to mnny requests, this
day will be given over to various secret, fraternal and other orders. 9 a. m.
Judging of Herefords, Percherons, French Drafts and Belgian horses. Second
day f A. & M. short course for boys and girls. Hobart and Cherokee bands.
Baby show opens In auditorium. All attractions in full blast. Racing and
vaudeville in the afternoon. 2:20 trot, $700; 2:25 3-year-old pace, $500; four
running races. Second night of the big horse show. 7:30 p. m., meeting of
the Bee Keepers' association of Oklahoma in the Apiary building.
Wednesday, October 4—Virginia Day—All former Virginians now living
In Oklahoma have boen asked to assemble for the purpose of organizing.
9 a. m„ judging of Aberdeen Angus, Clydesdale, English Shire, German Coach
and Cleveland Bays. Boys' and girls' school. Elk City and Cherokee bauds.
Kline shows all day. Racing from 1:30 to 5 p. m., 2-year-old trot, $500;; -2:14
pace, $700; four running events. Horse show and other events in stock
pavilion. Second day of Baby Show.
Thursday, October 5—Derby Day—On this day the Oklahoma Alumni
association of the University of Texas will celebrate. 9 a. m., judging of Reef
Polled, Steer classes, Hackney and French Draft, Geldings and Mares, Jacks,
Jennets and Mules, Breeding classes light horses. A. & M. School morning,
afternoon and night. Kline shows. 1 p. m. Races—2:13 trot, $500; 2:25 pace,
$1,000; "Oklahoma Derby," $500; three other running events. Horse show at
night. Final awards In baby show.
Friday, October 6—Parade Day—The big feature of the Oklahomn State 1 0 f o'i'ST
Fair will be the great parade of the prize winning cattle. Cleveland band. | cJ/ClUW DAUVv
Great Herbert A. Kline shows. Countless other attractions. 1 p. m. Races— |
1% mile dash, free-for-all trot; 1% mile dash, 2:16 pace; four running races.
Band concerts in grand stand and on grounds. Horse show, polo, puBh ball
and vaudeville at night.
Saturday, October 7—Good Roads Day—On this day the good roads move-
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and Fever, but a most
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A liver tonic—a kid-
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tonic—a bowel tonic.
If a system-cleansing
tonic is needed, just try
—a bottle proves
The specific for Malaria, Chill*
and Fever and all diseaae®
due to disordered kid*
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i and bowels.
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W. N. U., Oklahoma City, No. 38-1911.
erford in London, after obtaining bis ment in Oklahoma will be given a great Impetus. Col. Sidney Suggs will
divorce more or less sensationally,
the duchess attended the wedding,
kissed him and wished him happiness.
When her mother married Mr. Bel-
mont, that most democratic of million-
aires, she did the same. Nobody
knows how she felt, however, while
they were getting their divorce.
Differences In Taste Striking.
Mrs. Vanderbilt was originally Miss
Alva Smith of Alabama, and she was
be in charge of the program. Final session of (he A. & M. school, which
will include during the week everything to be desired by the boys and girls
in the way of sight-seeing. Any unfinished awards will be made, l p. m.
Itaces—2:18 trot; 2:24 trot; four running races. Close of the splendid free
vaudeville show, with an augmented program. Midway attractions will re-
main open until midnight.
Too Busy to Run
Anne was not very well, and found
walking with her vigorous mother
hard work. Mamma, however, was
Alva Biuiui ui " pressed for time, and presently hur-
of "stless and ambitious nature. Her ^ „
husband s tastes were quiet, bhe said ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ & m
to her friends that he was provincial.
This made some smile, since she came
from Mobile and he from New York.
Mr. Belmont was of a temperament
different from Mr. Vanderbllfs. He
was vivacious and fond of pleasure.
A divorce from Mrs. Belmont, who
soon after became Mrs. George L.
Rives, seemed to depress him not at
all. He and Mrs. Vanderbilt became
warm friends and even confidants.
This was while the woman was still
married to Mr. Vanderbllt. He oblig-
ingly went to Europe. Ho lived in
Paris the life of the fashionable bache-
lor. He drove In his liveried carriage
with a woman of the demimonde.
"How unlike Willie K.," exclaimed his
wondering wife. Later she mentioned
the woman's name In her suit. After
that Mr. Vanderbllt dropped her, and
the world then knew what "the game"
Marie Vanderbilt Allen is said to
tie distance behind her came the
breathless protest: "I can't run,
mother. You'll just have to wait for
me. I'm so busy walking that I can't
The Fashion of Housekeeping
It Is no longer fashionable not to
know on which side the bread Is but-
tered or how to cook a potato. The
Intelligent society woman nowadays Is
scientifically domesticated. She can
meet her own cook without flinching
and can, moreover, give that autocrat
"ooints" on culinary matters.
Trouble With Ladies' Watches
"We always have a vast deal more
trouble with women than with men
about the watches they carry," said a
Jeweler. "No matter how expensive a
lady's watch or how correctly made It
seems to need regulation nnd repair
have been baptized at birth In her about twice as often as a man's wat^h.
mother's tearB. It was not a good Of course most women forget to wind
A Lead Pencil Danger
In the United States the danger of
putting pencils in the mouth has long
been recognized, and In all the schools
every precaution is taken to prevent
the interchange of pencils as well as
the moistening qf them with the lips.
A great many children and even tbelr
elders, who ought to know better, per-
sist in putting pencils In their mouth
regardless of the risk they run.
Bees Preempted Letter Box
A surprise awaited a.rural postman
the other day when he Bet about col-
lecting letters from a box at Alket-
gate, near Armanthwalte, Cumber-
land, England. He found It occupied
by a swarm of bees, which made him
beat a retreat. Laier in the day a
gentleman accustomed to bees suc-
ceeded in getting them away.
LOT WAS IMPROVED.
Fred—I love you a whole lot.
Teas—I1 Yank told me yesterday thai
he loved me a whole house and lot.
omen. Her mother died of a broken
heart. She had several successors,
none of them happy women. Marie
grew up capricious, beautiful, fasci-
nating as her father, and lacking like
him character ballast. Her marriage
with John Wllmerding was one of the
memorable weddings of Grace church
in New York, but It did not hold long.
Her husband threw a plate of Ice
cream in her face In a burst of rage
their watches, but aside from that they
wear them so Irregularly that the
watch has the same environment about
three days In seven."
In the Misfit Halo Region
"I believe," said a Billvllle author,
"that If we finally reach Paradise
we'll worry about having to fly too
high and sing too often, and some
folks will complain about the streets
against her for her airy behavior. Mrf. of gold because tlie hard pavement
Wllmerding for a time was kept in an may. hurt their feet."—Atlanta Con-
asylum. After that she led a gay llf^ stitution.
in New York, and sank to the usual
sordid life of the unfortunate.
The marriage or young Elliott Shep-
ard was one of the same sort. He
saw a pretty woman, fell In love with
her, married, repented, and was dl-
A Word to the Wise
A Jolly old doctor said that people
who were prompt In their payments
always recovered In their sickness,
as they were good customers and the
vorced. There are others—so many j physicians could not afford to lose
that one cannot think of going into them.
their ramifications. Perhaps they have
no particular significance now. But
still they will rise to mind on such a
happy occasion es the one of few
weeks past, when the young heir to
all of this love and romance and
money runs away with a chauffeur. 1b
all that has gone before In the way
of unhappy marriages In the Vanter-
bllt family but a mere foreshadowing
of what Is yet to come? Maybe so—-
and then maybe not. The only happy
marriages of the long history of the
family are those that have been
deemed unfortunate by the connection
at the time they have taken place.
Chinese Business Methods
Most of the Chinese business houses
are now owned by partnerships, and
more partnerships are of a large num-
ber of persons. The Chinese who has
saved $100 local currency will at once
Invest It In a mercantile business and
become a partner.
Small Robert did not know the
meaning of death, so when he was
told that a man across the street was
dead he asked his five-year-old slstor
what It meant to be dead. After a
moment's hesitation she answered;
"Why, to be dead means that—that
—you are all In."
A Turtle Story
While excavating for a cellar a few
days ago at Bloomfield, N. J., the
workmen came upon the skeleton of
a horse and two live turtles eight feet
underground. The place was former-
ly a mill pond, and was filled In with
dirt In 1850. It is supposed the horse
was in the pond at the time of the
filling and that the turtles consumed
the flesh of the animal.
Webster had made his great speech
In reply to Hayne.
"Some day, I suppose," he mused, "It
will devolve upon Hennery Cabot
Lodge or Wlnthrop Crane to squelch
Ben Tillman, and I'm not so blamed
sure they can do It!"
"Did you have a trial before you
hanged that horse thief?"
"We sure did," replied Piute Pete.
"He was a mighty bad man, and we
wanted to give him all the unpleas-
ant Buspense possible."
A mule seldom kicks without causa,
but a man Is different.
Desired the Dog to Deslrt
Judge tSeveng had a Blight hesita-
tion In his speech, but that affliction
did not prevent his using lond works.
One morning his dog Snip got Into a
fight with another dog. Tapping him
with his cane, Judge Stevens ex-
claimed : "Dd-d-diB-con-t-ttt-lnue I"
"OhI You Kid"
When the average boy Insists on
a spotless collar every day one may
be sure that he Is leaving his child-
hood behind and that the responsibil-
ities of life have begun
Lingering Scent of 8candal
When a long suppressed scandal
breaks into publicity It is found that
the odor has not Improved in the
meantime and it is apt to hang about
those who had knowledge of it.
In the Good Old Days
Of course, the old-fashioned belle
may havo walked barefoot half-way to
church to keep from spoiling her Sun-
day shoes, but she didn't put her coif-
fure In the bureau drawer when she
went to bed.—Galveston News.
Is so distinctly pleasing
that it has won the liking
of both young and old
who never before cared
much for cereal food of
Served direct from the
package—crisp and fresh,
"The Memory Lingers"
Postum Cereal Company, Ltd..
Battle Creek. Mich.
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