Beaver County Democrat. (Beaver, Okla.), Vol. 4, No. 22, Ed. 1 Thursday, October 28, 1909 Page: 2 of 8
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. FOR DIVORCE
Pleas for Separation That Seem of
the Most Flimsy Kind— They Range
in Importance from Pumpkin Pie
and Dogs to Writing Poetry and
Kissing the Cat.
NAPOLEON declared that every
man in the ran us carricd in
bis knapsack a marshal's
baton. Victor Newman, a
clever English artist, now In
Now York, declares that every
American girl tucks divorce
pepors Into her trousseau.
Whether the analogy be Just or un-
just, certain It is that the American
woman proves almost as fertile in the
■•War of excuses for securing a dl-
TOPC* * the Is in marsha ing wiles
with which to net a husband, writes
Anna 8teese Richardson in the New
York World. For while scarcely wore
than a round dozen causes are cited
by the law as grounds for divorce,
even la this country of liberal and
▼nrled state divorce laws, the aversge
Woman can interpret the most com-
mon cause, "cruelty," in a hundred
and one ways, each of which will got
straight to the hearts of Judge and
Hot instance, the superior court In
Seattle, Wash., was recently asked to
decide whether "dyspepsia" snd
"cruelty" were synonymous terms.
Harriet Bendick Kohl wss a culinary
Aher V. Kohl, her husband,
waa a dyspeptic. 80 long as Mr. Kohl
•tuck to a diet, he was a companion-
able spouse. When he yearned for
•©ma of his wife's tidbits he would
surely fail from grace and Into a
tantrum. One Sunday he induced his
wifo to make waffles. After eating
plentifully of these, floating In maple
sirup, be threw the family canary in
Its csga through the window. A batch
especially fine soda biscuit led
ktm to stray from his diet, and that
afternoon he kicked the family watch-
dog Into the neighbor's back yard
When no family pet was at hand, Mrs
Kohl was the butt of his displeasure
and dyspeptic rage. After eating an
unusual quantity of lrer very best
strawberry shortcake, Mr. Kohl act
■ally refused to speak to his wife for
48 hours. Mrs. Kohl urged this in
gratitude for her culinary ability bo
effectively that divorce on the grounds
of cruelty was granted.
Cruelty In Restricted Diet.
Mrs. Anna M. Hodge of Pittsburg
Pa., secured a decree because her hus-
band limited the dally bill of fare
breakfast, dinner and supper, 363 days
in the year, to sausages and rice pud
ding. He throve on the diet, but
Mrs. Hodge called It cruelty, and the
court sgreed with her.
Mrs. J. B. Stetson of San Francisco.
In applying for a divorce from a trac-
tion magnate of the far west, cited as
"cruelty" the fact that she had to eat
pumpkin pie three times a day and
waa denied the privilege of adding
soup snd salad to the family menu.
Mrs Harry Maremount's divorce from
a Chicago carriage maker .was due
largely to a difference In opinion over
•auarkraut. She liked sauerkraut,
but her husband could not endure the
small of It. When she persisted in
cooking It he struck her and fled from
their home In anger. Mrs. Joseph T.
Colvln of Pittsburg secured a divorce
because her husband, a prominent
secret society man and an all-round
fellow. Insisted upon supplying cham-
pagne when she asked for bread. The
court agreed that no woman could
live on champagne alone.
Codfish Cause for Divorce.
In the little town of Union. Bergen
county. New Jersey, Mr. and Mrs.
Theron C. Knapp amiably agreed to
secure a divorce because Knapp, In
a moment of extravagance, brought
home a box of prepared codfish. Mrs
Knapp had always humored her hus-
band's fondness for codfish cakes with
the good oldfasbloned brand of cod
fish which you soak over night aud
pick by hand. Shocked by his ex-
travagance in buying the prerared
article, she pulled his hair. The rec-
ords do not show which constituted
cruelty, the codfish purchase or the
A Marquette (Mich.) man cited as
one Instance of cruelty, In bis petition
for divorce, the fact that his wife had
invariably refused to make for him a
lemon pie, of which delicacy he was
extremely fond, "much to his discom-
fort," the papers set forth.
Family pets have often figured in
petitions for divorce. Mrs. Andrew
Mahu of Alton, 111., had 40 picked Leg
horns, which she kept at the rear of
her cottage. Her landlord served no j
tlce that his property could not be
converted Into s chicken ranch. Her
husband announced that he could not
afford to sacrifice bis trade as a piano
tuner by moving into a different neigh-
borLood. The two had been married
15 years, but Mrs. Mahu calmly
packed up her personal property, in-
cluding the chickens, and moved away,
leaving Mr. Mahu to the cold coin lor t
of a divorce court.
Poodls Separated Ford Hearts.
William B. Entrinkin of Chicago ob
Jected to the attentions Ehowered on
a French poodle by his wife, and took
it out on the poodle, to the latter's
Physical discomfort. Whereupon Mrs.
Entrinkin took herself to the divorce
court, with "cruelty" for her open
On the other hand. Mrs. Leroy Mor-
—was worth a thousand Gottliebs.
Justice of the Feaca William B.
Williams of Montclalr, N. J., tried in
vain to make peace between a couple
whose names be refused to divulge,
but who were separating because the
wife insisted on kissiug ber cat good
Differences over the site of their
home have led many a couple to the
divorce court. In Chicago, Willis
Howe, manager of the Paimer house
for 23 years, and later manager of
the Virginia, secured a divorce be-
cause his wife refused to live in Chi-
cago, and he refused to leave the
Windy City. She said that after Vien-
na and Paris. Chicago was cruelty.
Her husband dubbed her actions "de-
sertion," and both won their point—
Too Many Kisses.
Kisses, though quite within the
matrimonial law, have been known to
rass as cruelty. Poor Arthur Kthr. a
Chicago musician, sued for divorce
because his career as a bread winner
was interrupted by his wife's appe-
tite for kisses. "1 could not elude that
constant cry of 'Arthur, kiss me,'"
he said in his complaint. "I was a
prisoner at my wife's house. The
week I was there 1 earned Just $4 20.
I had to run away, and after 16 days
of over kissing 1 applied for a di-
On the other hand, Mrs. Henry
Rotfgers of Hasbrouck Heights, N. J..
arrlied for a divorce on the ground
that her husband, who bo'ds a prom-
inent position with the United States
Steel trust, no longer kissed her on
leaving home and returning. Vice-
Chancellor Garrison of Jersey City
dismissed the complaint because "the
wrong3 complained of are of a sentl-
schools of Cincinnati, secured a dl*
vorce because his wife, having borne
him ten children, refused to have any
further additions to the family. *
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Neuman of
Los Angeles had made an ante-nuptial
agreement that they were to have no
children. Mr. Neuman, after a few
years, changed his mind on the sub-
ject, but Mrs. Neuman did not, and
returned to her own home and mother.
Mrs. Hamilton Fries of Stonetown,
N. J., thought her husband ought to
walk the floor with the baby when
the latter so desired, especially after
nightfall. Hamilton declared that
alter covering 750 OHO miles of carpet
in the wee small hours, be was Justi-
fied in striking. Mrs. Fries and the
baby derided -that papa must either
walk or lose 'em. Papa lost.
But Rudolph Bartzat. Jr., of Lincoln.
Neb., thought his wife was going
some when she so d a f20 baby buggy
for one dollar in order to buy a ticket
for a theatrical performance. He said
he did not mind having her sell an
occasional article of furniture to buy
a new gown, but he drew the line at
her selling what he had given their
baby. Another case of home and
mother for hers.
The most innocent pleasure, carried
to exccss, n ay be counted as an ex-
hibit in a divorce case. Mrs. J. W.
Smith of Bellefontaine, O., sat up In
bed at night to roll and smoke cigar-
ettes, and her husband secured a di-
vorce. Mrs. Grace C. Markell of
Scranton, Pa, secured a divorce be-
cause her husbar.J wou'd not permft
her to dance with o&er men, and
talked out loud about it, te>o, thereby
crucl'y embarrassing her in public.
Released from "Firs Fiend."
Joseph A. Kuntz, a Bronx brewer,
la what the professional firemen call
"a buff." He lived opposite the flre-
house, and, no matter what hour an
alarm rang, he followed the engines.
This disturbed the slumbers of his
wife, who after enduring the excite-
ment of four years applied for a dl-
George G. Genereaux of Oakland,
Cal., entertained his men friends at
roker In the family woodshed. When i
his funds ran low, he stepped into the I
house and borrowed of the family I
oxchenuer. His wife said this cut off |
the supply of household delicacies, and
she secured her decree without
Jules Joserh Moquette and his wife
of Newark, N. J., split over Socialism,
and his wife said she would not be
kept awake nights listening to his
tirades on the subject. Mr. and Mrs.
Victor Johnson of St. Louis split be-
cause he wanted to do the housework
and let her seek s Job "downtown."
She said she wanted to make the bis-
cuits and broil the steak herself.
Charles F. Healy of Chicago must
have been a good natured person, be-
cause when his wife was ill and her
doctor said that the divorce decree
which she wanted would be a sure
cure, he yielded without a murmur.
Then she regretted the act, and on
licr recovery he demanded that the
decree be set aside.
GOOD TO REMEMBER
MBYHOD OF -StTYINO" COLORS
IN WASH GOODS.
gan of Marion, Ind., secured a divorce
because her husband insisted upon
having his pet dog for a bedfellow.
Mr. and Mrs. George E. Abram of
Detroit. Mich., also parted over a dog
Each claimed the family pet as his in-
dividual property, and both bought
tidy brass license tags. The dog dis-
appeared, and each accused the other
of kidnaping dear little Bessie. The
cocker spaniel later appeared as ex-
hibit A in the divorce trial.
Gottlieb Herring of Muskegon. Wis.,
gave his wife her freedom and $125
in alimony because she Insisted upon
having her Angora cat share their
couch, which gave poor Gottlieb a
creepy feeling Theresa stoutly in-
sisted that her cat—plus the alimony
mental nature and the court of chan-
cery has no Jurisdiction."
When Mrs. Frederick W. Masch-
meyer of St. .-Louis bnsged Judge
Hoi gh to grant her a divorce on the
; grounds that her husband cruelly re-
fused to kiss her, the Judg? was in-
credu'ors, for she was lovely and al-
together kispable. but when he learned
that the r« fusal to bestow the long d
for kisses was the outward and visible
sign of an Inward and almost per-
petual grouch, the Judge decided that
here was a case of cruelty, indeed.
Children srd Divorce.
Children oftm appear in petitions
as reasons lor divorce. Prof. Geoig
W Burns, a teacher In the public
HORNED TOAD TOO REALISTIC
Prevailing Fashion Has Not Found Fa-
vor with All of the Gentler
"V III you look at that woman's
"I don't ^ee anything, un— Oh!
Isn't that queer!"
The third woman turned around to
look as she asked what it was. When
j she saw she exclaimed: "Why. it's
one of those new ornaments, a horned
"Not a real one?" asked the wom-
an who had first noticed the deco-
ration, with Fo:ne anxiety.
"Oh, no. That Js, not a live one, but
a real one once. It has been metal-
ised. That's the newest fad in orna-
ments. The real flowers that were met-
alizcd had their turn, and now the ani-
mals are having theirs. Eorned toads
are most effective, so they are most
ropular. A good many persons be-
lieve that these little lizards are poi-
sonous and wouldn't wear one for any-
thing. but you see how stunning they
look." The metalized horned toad cer-
tainly did look weird. He was at least
four inches long, his tail curled up
naturally and his sharp claws were out-
stretched, his small horn-covered body
g owed with irridescent green.
"They may be up-to-dat? and nobby,
but excuse me!" was the ultimatum of
the woman who had b?en Inquiring so
anxious y about the decoration.
When England Had Lotteries.
It was not until 1828 that govern-
ment lotteries were abandoned In
Britain. For the 30 ye.irs preceding
an avenge aflnual profit of over
$1,725,000 had accrued, or.e contractor
alcne srer.ding $150,000 in advertise-
ments in a tingle year. The money
thus raised was usually for a particu-
lar purpose, such as the Improvement
of London, the purchase of Tompkins'
picture gallery, or the repair of vari-
From tie seventeenth century to
tl.e rel?n of Grtor^e IV. the crowu re- I
leattdly drew considerable revenues
from such «ources.
Ounce of Sugar of Lead Dissolved In
Pailful of Water Recommended
—Dainty idea Yhat Comes
"Setting" Colors In Wash Goods.—
Alum In the rinsing water will keep
green from fading. Linen suits snd
shirtwaists should be washed in hay
water (made by pouring boiling water
over hay), and they wiir keep their~
color for a long time. One ounce of
sugar of lead dissolved in a pailful of
water will set almost any color, and is
especially good for blue prints. Soak
the goods for two or three hours and
let dry In the shade before washing
with coap and water. Do not try to
boil the tinted or figured goods, and
do not use washing soda or strong
sosps when washing them. If they are
much «oiled a handful of salt thrown
Into the water will set the co'.ors. Use
warm or nearly cold water In which
to eoak these things. It Is much bet-
ter than hot water, and the dirt loos-
ens quite as readily. Use ox-gall for
setting the co'or In gray cr brown
goods, and vinegar In place of salt
to set colors In black, purple and heli-
The Hausfrau Useful.—An Idea ball-
ing from Germany Is one which the
dainty housekeeper will welcome. It
li an Idea for the beautifying of the
bathroom, and one which housekeep-
ers may find of Intereet, called the
Berlin hausfrau. This Is a piece of
linen, shaped like a large towel, which
Is thrown over the used and unused
towels on a rack. A smaller piece of
linen to match It Is made to cover tho
wash rags. These linens vary, of
course, as to decoration, some of them
being very ornate and having a border
design which Is duplicated in all the
linen used in the room such as the
stand cover, or, if the bath be con-
nected with a bedroom, In the dresser
covers, bed spreads, inner curtains
for the wardrobes, and eo on. Some
of these designs are worked In sam-
pler fashion, in cross stitch, and those
In poster effects are especially telling.
Sprinkling Clothes.—If for any rea-
son you have not sprinkled your
c'othes the night before you wish to
iron thefh, try sprinkling them with
boi'lng hot water. Use a clean whisk
broom, as It sprinkles them much fin-
er and evener than by dipping the wa-
ter In your hand. As toon as your
clothes arp sprinkled, and tightly
rolled up, put on your Irons to heat
By the time they are hot your clothes
will be ready to iron as nicely as if
they had lain over night. Always Iron
the linens last, as they require more
Trifles from Tissue Paper.—Women
who are deft with their hands can
make all manner of trifles for the
house out of tissue paper. Among the
serviceable articles thus made are ta-
ble mats, to slip under hot dlshec.
They are composed of strips of tissue
paper braided, like the o'd-fashioned
braided mafs. A piece of cardboard Is
the foundation. Glove and handker-
chief cases, sachets and many other
things for the dressing table are made
of flowered tissue paper, and are very
Fried Green Corn.
Score the grains and cut from the
cob, scrape out all corn milk. Brown
enough butter In a porcelain pan to
season the corn, place It in the pan
with Bait and pepper and fry until the
corn milk Is cooked into the corn
then add a very small amount of wa-
ter, place the pan in a pan of boiling
water. Cover the corn with a ltd and
steam until done. Before serving add
a daah of flour, a spoonful of sugar
and a cup of rich cream, or enough to
moisten the corn, and boll. This Is a
very rich and appetizing dish, the
flour when cooked thickens the Juice
to a creamy paste.
Salted Almond Sandwiches.
"ea* °"e fou?h of a cupful of best
olive oil In a frying pan. add foui
ounces of blanched almonds and fry r
pale brown color. Drain on paper
then toss them in a seasoning of salt
red pepper and paprika mixed to
I lD tL® oven' tak,n« car'
that they do not become parched
Chop finely and sprinkle on to but
Tj.Md,u.e "> both '•
For Serving Corn.
A new addition to table service b
known as the green corn server
It Is an Individual dish for corn
It is a low, long dish, jU8t 1™..
enough for a single ear of corn
It is shaped like a miniature horse
trough snd set on low ball feet
v W,Lh. ? f? * palr of ,,lv" holders
by which the com Is carried to th
The holders look like daggers an/
are stuck through the ends of the ear
A set of these should make a moa.
acceptable wedding present
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