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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 23, 1912, Lethbridge, Alberta m Written by Caea Canadian Woman ENGLISH DIVORCE COMMISSION REPORT IS A JIIUMPH FOR WOMEN ljt.ts Her on an Footing With Man Before the Causes for Divorce Lady Frances Balfour's Work Strong Opposition Raised to the Recommendations. w th HILST II struieh over I'lnrope, it nil thou- sands of mull utmost dull; tlu'Jr duutli In ;i grout war, tho nun of KiiKlimd have won a mugiil- nt victory. The Hnyal Cominisi Divorcu niuininmusly reci ultfil that Piirlhimcnt shall make ipuil as regards of iho murrJUKO de. Hincu divorce was legalized in UrUaln, the man hati always had thu advantage. Any husband haw invariably been abk: tn dissolve ihu union by proving In- fidelity the part his but nu wife has I men given thy sumo priv- ilege unless she could clearly prove, in addition to infidelity, cither nr desertion on ihu part of her hus- band. l.llcp most t'eniliujio triumphs, there is a string- attached to this viclury. Will the JloiK-ft; uf. Cuiiutiuns legalize tlie recommendations of the Royal Commission" Will the: ordinary, alodgy memlier of Parliament, who be- comes such becau.se the office repre- sents the zenith of re.s pec Lability, give his wife the right to divorce- him it he .commits Uio sin which heretofore, in English law, has always been he'd to lie no cause in itself for allowing a woman to put away her husband? 1 doubt it. And even it' this revolution Jurisdiction locally, in matrimonial mills by Thu.; thoro should be no publication of (he rojtort of a ftaso until ft. Is tmdecl; that pictorial reproHcntatlons "f ihoso concerned be prohibited; und that a judge .should imvo tho to cloric tint court for tlio wholo I'nvt of a cast-. :t man ahouUl be nresumed dead after n csntiimal absence without eoimminicittio for Is succuSHful, its enact is not likely to occ months luivo passed. ent v statute until many Nearly seven years. That all divorce mid matrimonial usi's should be heard without a Juiy. Father of the House. UUJIT, member of Pavlla- iiiaiit for Morpelh for tho las years, is of tho House of Cummoii.s. lie commenced his career ;i coul miner and crowns it honor- after bpiiip a Privy Coun- cillor, hy joining in a report which nay re-shape tlic wholo domestic life 'f the United Kin-ucin. Lord Guth- :-Ie, another member, is a famoun Scot- tish judge, with an unusual vein of mor and humnnlty. whose cxperl- enco of unhappy marriage across tho Tweed if; unlimited. He It was who presioed over the notorious Stlrl- 'UK easo in which .Airs. Atherton flg- KG prominently. Sir Frederick Trevc who with Lord .Gorell. Lord Cutlirie, Frances Dalfour. and several others, signs tho "majority" rejtort Is, of course, th'e brusque and famous surgeon who operated upon 'Popping the Question." in Three Generations Style Has Changed But It's the Same Old Story nothing IB more interesting than the held many government positions which pc.-rso.udky of the Koya Commission- have given him insight into Induvtrla jrra hemsclvcs. The Chairman Lord comlitloas, besides being the brothci Oorell, was formerly president uf the Divorce Court. lie once said that al divorce- cases were exacijy alike, anc thc really remark-able thing aboui them was that everybody who came Into his court thought his of hi case was unique; The good-natured cynicism of tho remark portrays the man. Despite years of pleading and of hearing the filth and misery of un- happy married lives, he retai wholesome belief in Iho pleasantness of a happy family existence, lit neither soured nor deluded by his dost) contact with the seamy side ot: what oucc was love. A big, genial man, lie represents what Is, tlie best element in British public JlCei viz., an ingenious belief that every- thing ia not quite so bad as it is made out to be. The "majority" report of tho Koyal Commission on Divorce represents almost word for word the. views which Lord Oorell held when as Judge he presided over somo of iho divorce cases which obtained world-wide notoriety. Lady Frances Balfour, NEXT.In Intcrest-to this burly, broad- minded son of a ship-owner, who has so dominated the report on divorce, Uull'our. She ia u re- g-ardnd as tlic strongest man In the Church of England. Ho certainly Is the most magnetic, This young Archbishop, 1m is now Queen Victorias daughter, the Priu-Unly just 43, heads whii Lady l-'r; the widow of Arihur Ualt'ours broth and tiio druighier oi" tuc i.ile J.iun.t i.i Argyll. 1-1 LT own In-other married of .Mrs. Asqufth, wife of England's premier; Mr. Edgar Brierley is well- known In public life, and Mr. J. A. Spender, tho last of the commission- ers to sign this woman's "Mugna Charta" is editor of the Westminster which is probably the most ably edited evening ncivsvaper In this country. A Powerful Minority. A GAIXST these common-sense In- dividual" are arrayed an odd yet powerful minority. First cornea the Archbishop of York, the youngest man that ever presided over that episcopal see. Cosmo Gordon great ________ ;LS he used to be known when ho vorked amongst the poor in London. s an extraordinary mixture ol7 .-scholarship and humanity.- Ho, com- bined Glasgow and Oxford Universi- wo amazing contrasts won every aqademia honor in sight and devoted his life to the poor of Leeds. He was "fished" out of the slums to lake a professorship at Oxford and then became HIshop of Stepney London's poorest district. When he made an over white- headed Bishops, the wiseacres imesicd disaster. To-day ho cess Louise, so .she one side with a. form the other with a former Premier ot Hit: Uritush Umpire. Lady Frances J'.alfour, cleKpiie the narrowing tend- encies of a sirlct Victorian education, is' ever in thu forefront of nil pro- Hi-ussive mavemuiHs im- the good, uf woman-kind. Her keen questions, her logical mind, und her homely common sense had much to do with making the report ot thc commission unanimous Hjirin tho following points; That the two sexes shall bo -on an etjual footing regards That power should be given to dc- cliire marriage null in eases of im- Kuund mind, Ot epilepsy and recurrent insanity, uf .specific disease; when a woimm is in a-cbnclltlon .which renders marriage a fraud upon the husband; of wilful refusal to perform thu dulled 01 That to place divorce within the reach of the poorer chissu.s ihc High Court should hold and exercise minority report. imceted on which strongly urges that thc grounds r Queen, and on for divorce shall not he extended. lie and his two supporters decline to to the recommendations of the divorce should be ob- tainable on ilia following grounds- U) Adultery. (2) Desertion for three years and upwards. (3) Cruelty. (1) Incurable insanity after five years' confinement. (5) Habitual drunken- ness, found Incurable after three years from a first" order of separation. (6) Imprisonment under a commuted death sentence. 'Tho Archbishop is supported in Iiisl antagonism to these extensions of tht divorce law by Sir AVilMam Anson tl famous authority on precedent and constitutionalism, who is also thc Tory member for Oxford Cnlverstty. and by Sir' Lewis Dihdin thc well-known "Dean of the Arches." ho is the chief.lay administrator of M-'lcKiiuuicnl Inw. In that capacity ir is controversy with the Bishop ol' .whip objected tu Sir Lcnvis -stung marriage licenses for wealthy CHICAGO'S DIVORCE MILLS GRANT 50_DECREES AN HOUR Which Means on Average About 100 Divorce Orphans Daily- Reno Left Behind by thc Illinois Capital. CHICAGO. Nov. 30. BETWKtIX thc honra of 30 a.m. and noon one day recently .indjj.'-s .sltliiif; in tiiu courts of Chicago heard 100 divorce eases. Not "no of the .sulis; was contested. In nr-arly every OUHO the judges have no alternative nut to j-jnuit decrees ot' the litigants hnve children When the decrees are entered Chicago will have at lease 100 new "divorce orphans" Tin: "divorce orphan" is the most miserable orphan in the world Between the child amlorm nt Its par- ents tin? law has placed a barrier Too of ten tho othor pureni "doesn't care" Hect-ril dispatches .innounre thfit tli'J .Vevudii Legislature is about to put tho "easy divorce .mill" .at Heno out of liL'alnePM H really fines not rnatlor Comparerl with Chicago Reno ts Mio fact that tho flood ol' dlv. gree of support which Is Mnltle to it ImpoNSiiJlt; for 1'arllament to put on thc statute book the changes re- commended by the majority of the Koyal Commission. As one wid read paper says in support of tho min- ority: "The example 'of America -shonki prove a wholesome wurnin.q: to the re- former. On tho wholo, wo beJievo tho aenso of tho nation will bo with ninorlty.' or possibly two other wit- ne.-ses. A pritna facie case is mad- out Tile evidence 1K "written up- u comes hack- to the judge in due course of time, and ho hus no ohoJco under iho law, but to ciuer the iudgip the Mil of complaint granted Tim divorce courts" niafio more orphans In Chicago lhan death Judge infinitesimal dot. on the map as a dl- said yesterday that "Se of 175 persons die In Cook every week. The divorce framed vorco centre 111 spite of tlie faot It Is Iiest nd- UTtlsert "divorce mill" tn tlie "'orld aittJ that persons go there from :u) over tlie country for tlio exv.resii purpose of obtalninif less! separation Renii judees durins Uio period from tn Iho -rind fliiraKn I" ni.d JIIWA U Is iliio In in the same weekly period that number. "Divorce orphapa'if Is uiuch more Dintul thap the oi-phanage bf death" thc judge added, "because of the dis- uniiv und shame thill follows these i-hikiivn liiroMslioiit llielr lives. The s.inolity or tho innrrlaBi' tlo seoms Io lieoniiiinR IOSK and less rosnrdod. Vern- I'v war !iiori> and mvrr- liorsnns ronn- to lie or or ly popular in manv (Mirirtci's. They promise a finite mm hi na- tion laxity and Against those oHrn'-ifs. In which such organs :IK the- Times joins, in.-iv !n> nu: the roclliiB "f who thinks ihc uiJijitrity rrpon is f: HI. Which ily sound. Authors, as Hewlett, and P'r Connn Doyle. wel- 1 come llie prnVifiROil .Mr (lovv- letl. who was n witness before thr commission, .und whose wii> is now well-Known us an iioroplnnlst. thinks of that if ilie Archbishop of Vork has or m'T his wnv. U will tend to abolish mar- riage Ccman Doyle dcscrihas majority report as "a Lrtumph t'ur cahimoii sense." j Georso jjernard Shaw, fl j i to-be-cxptctefl aotc cf impish Bays: "The majority repftrt is nnt idiotic thft minnrtly, but Ihi- mi'ralj of both reports Is. 'Don't jj-i't mai'ricd.' Meamime (lu- batlle of iho andj the baltic the chitivhos tm-r-. rlly The rosult will afiVci domcsiir UVH of hiimln-dt-- und llntiH of llnilsli In ai! i-iti-is oTt tlU! UlullC. I HOW THEY PROPOSED IN .QUEEN VICTORIA HOW IN 191S AN ARTFUL MAID HOW THEV PROPOJED IN 1885 JF yon fondly loved me, dar- inir." In her ear he whispered low. "Why unto my first proposal Did 'sadden ine with reed Americans, lie obtained which spread over continents. DUDES A Strong Opposition. THIS trio, do not wish to see divorce made easier, have a dc- Men Will Sit for an Hour Having' Nails Polished and Hands Massaced. TI1IC in side-whisker and tie a stock-tie. moel.i with small these efforts, !MIL the swim. early Viet ly she cried, "could not have happened, Welt 1 know what was in store, 1 took a wee locked :y his inmost t general rule li ress in either Ions a.s tie Is i iinlialioti of th he is supmne NEST FOOD QUEEN VICTORIA'S LOVE STORY TOLD BY HERSELHN HER DIARY Just Given to the She Proposed to Prince Albert Thai He Should Marry Pretty Love Story Artlessly and Simply Told. 'You he said, then, about tho Not 'beauty, wiifch liortf' M. said he had told mo was'not to be despised, In spite of what t hud said to him about It. Talked of my cousins being religious. 'That Protwtant feeling Is a good thlnff In this coun- ho said, 'if It isn't I assured him Jt was not." "Talked of my cousins having gone out shooting. After a. little, pauie I said to Lord M. that. I had made .UJK my mind (about nuirri'Ine1 dearest 'Well, for a year, I thought; which, he said wart too long; that Parliament must be assembled .fn order to make a provi- sion for him, and that IE it 'waui set- tled 'It shouldn't bo talked said Lord M.; 'It prevents any objection; though J don't think there'll bo much: on the he continued, with tears In his eyes, 'I think it'll be well received; for I hoar there. ts an anxiety now that It should and I'm very glad of it; I think It very good thing, and you'll be much moro comfortable; for a .can- not stand alone for "jonff, in situation she is.f Then I asked I hadn't better tell Albert of my deci- sion soon, in which .Lord" M. agreed. I asked, for that in general such things were done the TVivy- made Lord M. laugh." The Queen PropoMa. reakfost and everywhere." Love at First Sight? OKD USHER'S Introduction argues L-i against tho idea that it was a case of love nt first sight, attributing "the marked preference that she show- led Prince Albert, to her loyalty to nor J was a Uncle Leopold, who desired the match woman.t fn opposition to tho ojd King at sor, who had a candidate of his own in the younger son of the Prince ,of ISSO-r-there Orange. Three years is record of a conversation with her Minister and confidante. Lord Mel- bourne. on the choice of a suitor: "Lord M then said. 'Mow, ma'am, for this other matter.' I felt terrified (foolishly) when it came to the point; too silly of mo to be frightened In tantiug to him. Well, I mustered up con rage, nnd said that my uncle's great wish that I should marry i'ny Cousin who was with Slockmar and that I thought Stock- nifir might have told him (Lord M.} so; Loril M. said Stockmar had; never mentioned a word; but that had naicl to my uncle, I could decide nothing until I saw him again. 'That's the only way.' said Lord M. 'How i would that be with the UuchcsaV hoi "BARRIE-ISMS" ON THE WOMEN FOLK asked. I assured him he need have no fear whatever on that score; then he said, 'Cousins are not very good L Ia not WO1 gs.' and 'Those Coburgs are not popular abroad; the Russlnna hate them.' I then, saiO, who was else? We enumerated the various Pi-inces. of whom not one, I aald, tlo. For myself, I said, at pre- my feeling '.imrryinff." ivas ftuite against Hadn't I Better Tell Albert. ECISIOM is poPtpoiKd fnr nix months, and then, her cousins bclns ngaln over here, love grows apace, as these three separate entries show: "1 .said seeing them had a good deal I changed my opinion (us to land that I must decide soon, which was a difficult thing. 'You would trikfi another said Lord M.; a very fine young man. very good in which I most readily [agreed, and said he was so amiable and good-tempered, and that I had such n 1 ;ul t em pur; of my being tho, first now to own the advantage of I women "-who are terrible, woman. Hero Is a clear case in which the part Is greater than tho whole." "To dislike our admirers is to bt> severe on ourselves, and Is therefore not common." "A man's tscond begins, when a woman gets hold of him." "If a woman has only one talent; whether it ac a. pot phrase, or a ciulvcr of the eye, or a taste In dress, she lays it out at usury." "There oro some women who can laugh without looking inane, and there are others who can weep and be'al- lowed to live; but never WOH a woman who could do either that did con- tinue doing It in und out of season." "A woman can put morn moaning into a note of exclamation than a man can pack in a sentence." A woman's first deliberate act Is to make hsr husband helpless. There arp, few men' happily married who can knock in n nail." WOMEN FOLK HATE "COPY CATS" AND DO YOU WONDERP Describes Them as "Cirls IViih Minds Like Blotting Wailing io Sop Up Other Peoples Ideas" By MARY ELENA O'DONNBLL. men folk had drifted out between a late luncheon and an early tea. and the women folk were lazing around brisk, snappy wood fire, all pleasantly tired after mst night's dance. And tlyn girlish Rose's em- voice broke In; pet phrase, for instance. And tho tona In which you speak to your dos.'- And your nickname for your husband. And, worst of all, your special scout. 1 wan! to stab thu woman who Is staying in my house and wanders into my room and sprinkles herself from the bottle on my toilet table." "Sly drawing-room would have really sighed a pretty llttld a copy last year's bride, "1C only I had not "A copy I echoed, stupidly. flakod my 'in-laws' to coma and help "i'es, a copy cat! A girl ajme choose the things. They pretended mind like hit "f to nko thc coior scheme, hut Edith waiiiHK to sop up all the trcsh Ideas jma cushions exactlj the shade ol brown, and Violet copied the curtains. il cnillfS "I Ullii.'ii i FUm. daintily prodded n bit of frag- u IHIIL- winch halanced on the ith well-.shod foot _s shu said, awfully lired ot my And the worst of U all ia thai people keep sjtylns to mo: 'i think your room is sweet; 1 sue you've1 been wise enough to take hmts from your hus- band's people. 1 see thdr ia.ste In that county decrees Miililied on infill :ippoa ranee. .Many Kill sit for over an hour having their nails polished and their hands masEnstd. "They will buy any kind of for any JMliJ any rf-meriy I :ho Anuikvin fur ihi.s n.-w .Irhirc to Tli Ani" iinit rocks. itftt) f'.v mil- 4ru (hoy con- !mir nests, not after the metli- birds. Inn from somu glu- tinous substance upon whose source scientists arc not jvjrced. but which lo- j cal tradition ascribes to tha sea foam through which the swallows are fre- quently seen u> dive-, u in a curious ithuurntion the instinct possessed thr-se blrils thai ivhi-n have hcen I'ill.'d ot' tlli'ir fltV! crrt tho fomnli- builds a uomvor .'M--''im.Mis ;m- hhrhly prlz.-d nu tablo dfln-nri.-.t hv mtil t'sppclnlly .io ili-y Hii'l ii conhldcniblo nt very iirifOf in llh' Clliii'j.'iO lull rants. hair tookins just tike everyone else's, i beautiful brown brocade, don't .So I mudc do it in an old-faah- she puutud pruitlly. "I shall have tc lonod fipurt' of eight one night una, Curiiish the whole house with royal roll it straight bunk from my torehead blue and scarlet, und then perhaps they In looked awfully distinctive. Thin was at my own ball. But the 'next night, at another, 1 noticed no 1 fewer than twelve women with exactly 1 the same style of of them looked ehe addec) with Uincwro satisfaction. "Well, yp'i se'c '-oe fashion." I Cfiuv- murort, "But I have been forced to drop it she s.-.id. bittorly. "I'm not fcohis about looking liltc that dreadful j Jjjiwluy woman---shc'a avcn dyod her i hair nntil ii has got my golden lint in It." "It Is nut only niin'r- ytyle Mini Mie cats" slie ssiid. with indij I "bia iilf Hulf I'- [whk'lt muktJ "I1 i'L'1 won't dare to copy my "That's what l grumble salu' another. "People won't Jet you be mildly original. II you don't witnt tho whole flock of sheep to' follow you you must bp crude or flaring or that's too big a price to'pq for1 originality." The t of luijvy boots heard outside, and four muddy, tlrbd 'n cnme In. "Hello, said our liost "We met littlu Gray when we were r.rosnlng tin; rond from ljiatt's. And .Hhc had a hat mi exactly like the thins you've just bought, thought It wan yen at firat." "Thfivj yon .-in uiiv's Triljuiic, Elsie ;