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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 26, 1920, Lethbridge, Alberta How Pretty Kitty Queen Married Three Times (Wishing Once That She Had "Married the Mule" Fell in with Banker Green, Acquired an Extra- ordinary Assortment of Diamonds and Lingerie, and Then Met a Smash. By Ward Greene T-tHEY caH her Cinderella 6f Panthorsville in no kitchen drudge trans- formed by the touch of a wand into a fairy princess, made the change from poverty to opu- lence more quickly, and more spectacularly than did little Kitty Queen, the "diamond woman." Nor was Cinderella, fleeing from the ballroom the-stroke ol midnight, more suddenly and stripped'of her finery Kitty when they arrested her oil a charge .of embezzle- ment in a few hours lick from her all her_ jewels, ner-aotomobiles, her fur coats .and her shoals of delicate lingerie. Mrs. Catherine Queen Tatc Shoemaker Brad- street, to give Kitty the names of all her hus- bands, is ths woman principal in the sensational case at Fairburn, Gs., in which a country banker was arrested and accused o! burning the bank Catherine Queen Bradstrect and Her Husband, Clarence. Mrs. William B. Green, 'Wife of the Accused Banker, and Her daughter. building in order to hide alleged shortages caused, claims the prosecution, because of his reckless habit of Kitty with gcma, clothing and motor cars. William B, vice-president of the bank, was a leader in the community, mayor of Fair- btrrn for two years, chairman of all the war drives, superintendent of the Sunday school, hus- band and father and, at 33 years of age, looked up to as a righteous and respected "first citizen." Then, one night last October, the bank burned The Tragedy at the Bank Green, TtJio said ho was there Talc "working on the wns discovered in distressing con- dilion by the town firemen. Ho exhibited a blow on the back of the head, raw -.volts on his a' bruised nioulli, and he told huw two masked men had entered the bank, shoved a pistol in hi i face, bound him and gagged him and, taking everything in eight, vanished info the darkness. The robbery set the town by the eara. Hut the excitement was zephyr compared to the cyclone that swept Fairburn three nights later, when detectives, employed secretly by the bank, arrested Green at his homo and charged him with embezzling the bank's funds, "faking" the robbery and setting the bank in flames him- self, Pinkerlons had discovered Kilty, At the Georgian Tcrrar.e, one of the most fashionable of hotels in the neighboring city of Atlanta, (hey found Mrsr Bradstrect and )JCT Iiustiand'living in truly royal stylo, Slie had three of the highest priced automobiles, a chauffeur in livery, a new gown for every morning and n new fur for every gown, diamonds that glittered from hnir and throat and fingers, and half a dozen expensive fur coats, including one bought a few days before for ?2350. What puzzled Ihc I'inkertons at first was tho fact that Mrs, Bradstrcct's husband, Clarence, until a few months before had been a sergeant in the army drawing S.54 per month, and that she, herself, was only a simplo country girl in ging- ham and sunbonnct .until suddenly burst forth, like the rising sun, in all her bediamoncd brilliance. But '-when the Pinkertons learned that Mrs. Uradstreet's companion on many of hef shopping Irrps was a man sho called "Uncle Jack" who answered the exact description of Grctn, that purchases she had made- "Uncle Jack'1 had paid for. that bills 'for her fura and insurance made, uut to him were in the ruins of tho fire, then they puzzled no longer. They acted. Only a few hours separated the; arrest of CIreen in Knirhurn from tile arrest of Mrs. Brad- street r.nd her husband at the fashionable hotel. All Ihrce were charged with embezzlement and to was (he Bradilrcels's chauffeur, a negro named liobort Ellison. And then the crilling began. Cinderella Faces Accusers Had Mrs. Bradstrcet known Orccn? She ad- mitted it and said she did call him "Uncle Jack." Did she go automobiling anrl shopping wilh him, let him select her a house, accept his attentions in other ways find somclimea take money from him? But, explained Mrs. liradstrcet, tho money was always a loan and she always paid it back. Her husband, she declared, had plenty of money and Green wns only her moro" her business adviser. But when detectives demanded proof of her husband's reputed wealth, both she and he remained silent. Green was silent, too. After n sweeping de- nial of all charges against him, he admitted that he knew Mrs, Bradstreet and had "loaned" her money, but stuck to it that .she paid him had; and that he ..was only her banker. Then he re- fused to talk further. In the mean time, attorneys for the bank-had n receiver appointed for all property belonging to Mrs. Bradstreet and Green. A systematic con- fiscation began. At the hotel, an .interview of Mrs. Bradstrcet's possessions was made, among were revealed the following articles of great value: The Wondsrs of Kitty's A diamond necklace appraised at ?1700; dia- mond brooch, valued at diamond bracelet set with 30 one-quarter carat three dia- mond rings, valued at each; one Packard car, one Dorris car and one Stutz a house and lot bought for 50700; worth ol furs, cloaks and other garments. Mrs. Bradslrcet's wardrobe, which was con- fiscated, consisted of such clothes as one gray squirrel fur collar, valued at ?50; one gray squirrel fur coat, valued nt one silver fox neck piece, valued at 150; one light green panel velvet coat, one rose-colored velvet gown, a gray crepe meteor dress; a hrowr. serge trimmed with rcJ satin and blue buttons; gray wool dress, blue satin dress, blue anil white striped georgette dress, black panel velvet jacket; navy blue silk dress, blue georgette dress, taupe, silk poplin coat suit, blue serge capo and suit, black velour coat lined with black satin, one navy cream-colored georgette dress, quantities of un- dcrskirls and camisoles, blouses, laca collars and other dainty feminine rpparel. Her footwear included numerous pairs of shoes and slippers amone; which were n pair of silver cloth slippers. One pair of rur shoes was said to have cost Her rilk stockings, nink garters and the like were also confiscated, together with about a dozen hate. The receiver didn't slop with Mrs. Brad- street's possessions, ilo went out to the Panthers- vine home and in the little, farmhouse occupied by the Queen family, n ramshackle building with unpaintcd weather-boarding and n lightning rod sticking above tho red brick chimney, he found and took the following: A phonograph and worth of records, four mahogany armchairs, one mahogany divan, two mahoR.-.ny tables, one white ivory bedroom BUiie, a ivnrdrote trunk, a set of beautiful rugs, a fihina cabinet, a mahogany cabinet.and a ma- hogany sideboard, n mahogany bookrack and two mahogany rocking chairs, a writing-desk and a sealskin coat worth ?'IOO. Mr. Queen claimed he bought tho furni- The Cinderella of Panthersville Back at the Old FamHy Farm After the Disaster. Mril Bradstreet. "1 didn't love him, but he begged and begged me every day until finally 1 took him to cot rid of him. We wont buggy rul- ing behind a mule and stopped at .the- house. I wouldn't got out and go in; even I said I wouldn't marry him, but he made the preached come .out to the buggy and we were married thore, with me sitting in the buggy h'ind the mule. I wish I had married the mule. .I'd have been a lot happier. Marriage when a girl is that young, is the worst thine in the world for her. It ruined my life." Mrs. Tutcf as she was then, lived with 1icr husband only n few months. By mutual agree- ment she left him and he entered suit for divorce. She came to Atlanta and there, in tho spring of 1018. she met William B. Shoemaker g om Ill in training at Camp Gordon wuli the division and about to sail for. France. According to her own story, sh6 thouBht her divorce from Tntc had been granted ami so married Slype- maker the day before, lie left, never living with him as his wife, she claimed. l A Divorce Tangle Later however, she found that her divorce had not been granted until, as shc.E.aid, die was informed, several weeks after the Shoemaker mavriaijc. In the mean time she had met- Brad- strcet also "t Camp Gordon, and, knowing .that ture from his daughter, but tho receiver claimed she gave it to her father for safe-keeping after buying it with money furnished by Green. A truck had to make four trips to bring all the articles to Atlanta. An investigation of Mrs. Bradstrcct's past, was. instituted. It revealed'that, though but 19 years old, she had beyn married to three different men, all living, and married twice to her present husband, Brarlstrcet. Hoi' first husband sho tool: tit the age of 15, her second claimed she married, him just before he went to France before she had secured a divorce from husband No. 1. Mrs. Brndstrcct admitted it. Stripped of all her fine feathers save one pair- of pink silk pa- jamas they left her, she lay in bed in jaN and related to newspaper reporters the story of her but hc-r relations with "Uncle Jack." Of these she refused to talk. Kitty's Marriages She spent her girlhood in the country, she' said, and "never looked at a the fam- ily moved to tho southern part.of the state. Their next door neighbors were the Talcs and one of the elder brothers, a man in his thirties, paid court to Kitty, then but 15. "Ho. talked me into marrying declared again there was trouble. It was true, she learned, that her marriage with Shoemaker wasn t legal, hut neither, she was toldi' wa; the'Bradstreet min-jagc, the divorce in botli cases being un- wanted. Not until last when hcrjinal impediments wore removed, did rhe become Jirad- slrcot's legal wife, at vrhich time they had-a sec- ond ceremony performed. The muchly married Mrs. Bradstrect (Icclavc-il that the only man she ever loved was her nickname for Brw! street. Tatc she called "old and Shoemaker1, "a nice man, but 1 was never in love As for "Uncle her lips were scaled, she said, until the trial. Released from .tail After a few days in jail, Mrs. Bradstrect was released from her confinement under bond ami went back to Paiithersville, to the little farm, house divested of its mahogany furniture, to ging-; ham gowns instead of furs and silk's, to a mule and buggy instead of a costly motorcar. .There "the Cinderella oi Pantlrersville" awjiitj her trial sdme time this winter. In spile of her misfortunes, she'says that she is not unhappy. "I'd rather live in Panthersvillc and oat hick. cry nuta and drink buttermilk than wear all 'the jewels in the declared Mrs. Bradstreet. "I've had my fling at high life and now I'm I'm Does Plate Glass Really Fade? ''HAT plate glass actually doea fn.dc seems to bo indented by the following incident vouched for by a writer in the Scientific American: Several years ago a contract was taken !o supply a vertical Installation of prisms in a storG front of a haberdasher in the main business thoroughfare of Indianapolis. To install the prisms properly it was found necessary to cut five feet from the top "part of the plate glasa, which had been in position for a number of years and exposed to .the sun's rays during much of tho.time. Alter tho pjiiHis had been installed the five. foot piece of plate glass salvaged was thoroughly cleaned ami polished anil consigned to stock for resale. In the conrse oi time this salvage pieca of glass was sold, to be used in a front window of a new residence in one of the principal streets in the fashionable residence section. The house, was completed and the owner, having tnkcn pos- ecssion, was thoroughly enjoying the sensations of the new home, when the family began to re- ceive telephone calls of a rather puzzling a'nd perplexing nature, asking tho price and how cjuickly delivery coultl be effected in various ciuantitics of Made to Order." Tho daughter of the house, becoming thor- oughly aggravated and annoyed nt what she pre- sumed was a practical joke of some, sort, pro- Deeded to make an (nvcstigation.cn her own count, which resulted in the writer being request- ed to call nt the house. He v.'as greeted at t'-ie front door by Mr. Owner and asked whether tiis plate glass furnished was really first grade or second-handed. To the reply that, from u inspection nt that moment, it was a beautifully polished high grade piece of pinto, and to all appearances, absolutely wilhout ho as- sumed n peculiar knowing smile and asked me to walk rlown the street with him n short distance- furnine abruptly at perhaps fifty paces, ho'askc.l mo to iootc at flio window. To my astonishment plainly legible at tho particular angle, at which wo Etocd, wcrt: the words: "John Made to Order." What seemed to be n phenomenon was easily explained. Previous to the plate glass being rc'. moved from tho show window of the there had been pasted white enamelled letters' "John Made to Order." These lei! tcrs being subjected to the direct rays of tha tun for a period of years had prevented the 'ing of the glass (originally green) to a clear white us was the case with that portion which was not immediately back tho opaque cnam'. ellcd letters. Tho unfatlcd portion conscquontlv stood out in contrast in its original green, bul was not discernible, except nt a certain angle. ;