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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 16, 1919, Lethbridge, Alberta How Cornelius Vanderbilt, Jr., Refused to Be a Society Darling, Found a Job as a Reporter, and Then Found a Real Romance of His Own, With the Result That a Very Happy Wedding Impends. Brigadier-General Cornelius Vanderbilt and His Son in War-Time' dollies! Miss lUchel Littleton, Who Is lo He the IJi'idc of Young Ynnderbill. By Barbara Craydon THIS the tmvarnifhcd story of Ihr 2'2-jroar- olil heir to the Y-.inrJeibilt rjiillinns wno chose I he "City Room'' of a York newspaper in nrcftrercc lo ih? silmosnhcre of Newport society, including its bc-pcarlcil and their marriageable Cornelius IP the only son of Uritv Gcn anil Coremiur tha iiTKlilmnat cKiins of Newport when he decided, Against Ihc wishes of his to 'rj work any other ri'il-blr.odcd Ameri- can. Why hc'chosc lo exile himself from (lie ex- clusive circle of New York's 410 may be summed up in n. few briri He the iiiiiiu.ipluic of uppsr r.'rfltum of fc-OL-Iely into which nn liorn nnd in which htj was Jiurlurctl. Ho JIIM JonpnK lo tseript from the Newport with Ilieir (laughters of mnrrinffcnbJe age. Hivhns an uniucTirhfilrfc nmbition become n lik-r- :iry Jitf'if- if not to oivrr or control n metropolitan nrwspcpor. And pure romance enters inlo (he story in (he person of Miss lUchtl Littleton, the remaik- rbly pietly sister of on-j New York's most suc- cessful lawyers, whose cngRgGmunt K- younp Van- ilcrlnlt was nnnounrc-'l recently, ilioujrli lurcly, Ihc ncwypapt'ij. Uut Ir.is is ahead of Ihe story. Mobbed by Mammas Coming down to brass yiung Vomlcr- bilt WDS really "n'.olhtved" out of Newport eternally vigilant nnj their in- separable debutante pirb. At. every social func- tion lie wai fairly mobbed by lorunctttd ladies nrul (heir f.iir young Xsiyporl socicly is nrclically frank with Newport society. Once surrounded by them pvtfry Newport cloJil look on n matrimonial him, nl lie confronted by the incongruous fnct that noboJy loves n bachelor nml everybody loves n bachelor. Tlicy were bound to clothe him in benedict Eirteiutor find it was go'.tini; on his norvcs. JjE he chose to make a .social call on r.ny of tho Cornelius Yumlcrhill, Jr.'s, Yaclil, iltc J fair fichu UnLca the entire family, with mamma in the vnnjjuard and the in tho ulrinp, swarmed Sometimes mamma would suddenly enter tho room in order to pec for Ticrtclf how fjir Iho onjbryo romantt- hnd progrrssetl. Or nnx- papa, with an oyc on the Vnnderbilt for reasons bedi known to himself, would have a Inn 1: in. Iiim..y7jhcre'were competitors in the persons ot anri. western mammas with pretty a prc posses sing you HI; whom he conversed for 30 Beach hotel veranda. The day foH6y.nt1gf.iia rccoivcd a letter from her niafc- ing the wedding1.' played pranks on the fair multi- instance where he and his1, chum di'-oyoijjp lo n Florida hotel "grimy and sooty as tiie repairing their car. Taken for c.hr.ufTcurs they sivcn n room on the top floor When their identity became known ttic in.in.igcr apologized and .offered .Van- dcrjjilt tftejtesV'ixjont in the He prcfr-rrcd .the lop (ioofj however, and remained there during his stay.- For iiicc lie was immune from the pry- ing 'eves of .the 'social-fleet. :Mce1sMThe Up till (ho time that he Rirl" young .Yanxlcrbill his lime between his vflcfct.' and his automobile, only mixing in tht Newport whirl when his recognized -leader of that he appear. His knowl- edjrc of New York's "White Way prac- tic.iiiy hnjl marie this trip only once ami in the company of his fr.lhcr. However, this did not prevent an obscure chorus girl, encouraged hy a certain theatrical promoter, from attempting (o canitalfzs his name over the brcacb-of-promise route. Of cour.ic, lie was an innocent party to tho- attempted A certain young man about town had impersonating younpr Vantlerbilt without Jits knowledge. The actress, v.'ho knew him only as Ynndcrbilt, was in the habit of meeting him nightly and accompanying-him la various rer-tauranls tilont: thir Great Way, With the connivance ql the thontricaj promoter she was about a suit ngnlnst young Vnndcr- bilt fur JlCO.QOO, nllcRme failure to keep a mar- riage'- premise. The papers wtrc about Lo bj tcri'Cfl.ajid was set for.the cninpnign of publicity to follow v.bich would raise hpr lo the hcighls ff glory when Yandcrbllt learned o[ the plot ami nipped it in the bud. He appeared personally before fhc young woman who had to that she had never met him. After his .return front with York's famous illh division, in which ho enlisted without liis parents' consent, young Vnncrerbilt was tendered a dnnce in the Fifth avenue mansion in honor of his 21st hiithday. It wiis ntlcmlcd principally mcmbcr.q of the junior set of New York's 400. Among them was Miss Itarhc) 'Liltlclon, formerly of Tennessee, now of PInmlonie, Ixinp Island, and New York city. She hnd iUenrfcd p'rc-wnr nlTr.irs by dcrbills but hnd never met he is known to his friends. Beginning of Ihe Romance It is a peculiar fact, but nevertheless Irao, thr.t in New York's 400 everybody in supposed to know every body else. therefore ni'e untirceasnry lo the point of being out of order Tn conifrjucncc loyal to his own clique, l-fulorc i'trVlU, 1910, had not aclunlly mel Miss Wttletoii, who was in another clique, though he knew Jjtr by Eight. Gut "Ncily" had gone forth to a mere .youngster and returned a man in so far us ex- ptHencc Tho wisp ol a girl'he. knew in pre-war limes had tuatmed into n of tranFcendnnl loveliness. He passed' close to her in the dance and their eyes met. With the daucc over ''Neily" sununont-d his faithful chum nnd an introduction was arranged. -One unwrit- ten rule of the 400 went by the" board, I'apa Vnnderbilt and Momma Vandcrhilt looked bijt "Ncily" daticcd every dance with the beautiful Tennessee girl following- their introduction. But he had to escort another to "supper. So he in- structrj his chiim to invite Miss Littleton to hia table. The embryo romance-soon ripened inlo young-Vnnderhilt's first love affair. Thereafter tlie Vantlerbilt'car could be almost daily at the Liltfctor. summer home at PJandomc, L. on the sound. If the car was absent Ncily's yacht, tlie Comet, could be scon at anchor in the road- stead. Newport RWW farther ami farther iway in Cornelius, Junior's geographical perspective. The srion OJ tlie VnndcrbilL social centre to Planilomc.'L. I. When he vent- ured with Jliss Newport the dowagers liflcil their lorgnettes ihd whispered di5npprovingly. The impor- I'inaio iivn'sigfra ccasctl (o trouble him more. The Ncwport.dnugKlora sighed pitifully. Then "NciJy" started rumbJingj in tho Fifth Rvcnuc mansion. conferences hnJ been called to decide as to his future. Ills father him to go lo Yale. He dis- sented. He told rater VanderbiU that if Ire would attend any university .it nil it would be the gre.it university of the world. His one absorbing am- bition VT.S to gel on n Mew York newspaper ami Jcnrn the nc-.V3-pn the ring "gome" from its bc-Ucm up, he said. Conference succeeded conference without material results. The family tiead- Jocfcwl over his future, until "Xcily" decided it in own characlerislic fashion. Uccomes a Hcporlcr One aCiomoon (Rsl Aupisl he sauntered (o the offico of n New York newspaper nnd sough f an interview with the editor-in-chief. "I nm Cornelius VnrnlcrbiU, he said brief, "nnd I a job ns reporter." _ He wji3 put to a "cubrt in the city rocm nt "nniniflcent" of ?30 a wecljj "with n -A lisp of n raise If he made Good." The intrusion n Vanderbilt in thu city sanctum croalcd no excitement among tho members of tho j.t'iff. They cast shy glances Bt the ncwcomtr but the typewriters clicked on ns usual. Then Vnndcrbill returned Iiomt 'o comniuni- cal.c the glnd to his father nml niothcr, lhat, by liis own cflbrls, he hnd a real, extremely busy job. This was the most un-Von- dcrbilt thing he could have done, he urns told, for Ihc Vnnderhilt fnmily, together with olhcr promi- nent Ntw York fnniilios, is a pitiless hnfcr of per- sontil publicity. Thcro was another conference Cornelius VanderbiU, Jr., Cub Reporter, Who Has Found a Romance of His Own. which teslcrt till -1 the next morning. "Xeily" was promised a trip around the world, or a year's travel in Africa and other forms of parents} per-. s-uasivcness if he would forego the new job, but he would not. He told his mother and father that he was tired of all Hint superficial Newport non- sense and didn't want to be any longer. wanted to get out in the world to show what he could do for himself- If the Vnn- rJei-bill millions stood in the way or his ambition he would! forego the Vnnderbilt millions. They rclcnlitl, trurtjiig thai this newspaper would soon cntsc itself. Thi day fol.'owing we find C. Jr., boinj- nhout in be-mired, Lc-smrA- (erccl New- York as a fledgling1 of "Jin. Mightiness" the City Editor. In the eternal sftcr news he meets tJie "jolly rorstcrs" of o'.hcr who know the "gr.mc1' cellar to roof. they say to him. nc-: 'deigning to his name. Name.- don't count, anyway, in the New York rcportorinl world less one is a recognized star man. "Have you a and "What hnvc you got" {in the way of news) constitute the prnper introduction inlo the' metropolitan newspaper craft, II' you liaye the smoke a few fragments Ic boot Ibc jnitialibn will have become complete. Instead of r.-ritinfj dcJcctablc account- cc-i- terinp in and nbout Xewpori Vnniicrbilt put literary heJin hard ovc-r nnd squared on the op- posite lack. As n recognizetl addition to tin- "fourth he expressed ineffable contempt for anything savoring of high society in its rela- tion lo He preferred to explore the profundities fi the East side or the restless rivers of humanity in Lower U road way. More- over, his "girl" was inshlcnt that hiJ become n real, not n quRsi-reportcr, "with all the heredita- ments, and npnui'tennnccs thereunto belonging." Makes Good in His Job lie never used his name to carry him by tho spots- news knew him only''as a "reporter from the In consequence of this modesty he was not-im-' irmne from thosc.liltlo IrJols and viciBsiludcs lhat EO to njakq ujj the everyday New York ncwspapor nan.; His "copy" WHS considered good by thhi olctvetcrnn, the good in fact that he was sur.lmaned before.the rrinnnging editor one aflernooTl during September. Kc began, "you're doing gdod work.. I want-yofl to Inkc the train out tonight" for Cnhndn to coVcr an exploration parly into the Canadian "Rockies. IE you happen' afirosg tho Prince ofiWnlo up there wire us n story and don't bother about telegraph tolls in Eendinj it' olonp." "Neily" broJic nil speed records between Now. York and rlandon'iC, Lonff Island, to Inform his "girl" of his first real assignment. She was over- joyed. lie left that night for Canada, equipped for a month's journey into (hat-almost inaccessible, inhospitable region of the Itockics to the southward of Banff. He (o forego this cxplornlion trip, after a few days away from civilization owirtg. to a re- currinp ntlack of sickneaa rcsuUing from a gasa- ing he received in the front lino in Franco. ;B'nt the interview with the Frinca of waj yet within range of possibility. 'lie set out for take Louise, where the- prince was stopping, to "coter''" him. There, dressed in hunting togs, he tncthfo1 royal hipbnfss nml wna the first newspaper jnan; in the United States, if not in Canada aa well, to obtain a. personal interview with the heir to ihc British thione. ;