SHE LOVED THE LEADING MAN. ~ But That Was Not E. S. Hancock, So He Sued for Divorce.

November 30, 1907

But That Was Not E. S. Hancock, So
He Sued for Divorce.

Alleging that his wife, after her appearance in the glamour of the footlights, had fallen in love with the curly-haired leading man of the company, E. S. Hancock, a printer, yesterday filed suit in the circuit court for divorce. While working in the mechanical department of the local paper Hancock says that his health became so poor that he was forced to change his employment. Listening to the pleadings of his wife, he consented that they should both attend a local dramatic school. After a few weeks' course they were both presented with sheepskin diplomas, properly decorated with large gold seals, and then they searched for employment. Finally they found it, the wife going on as an ingenue, and he taking a small speaking part with with lots of hard work in shifting scenes in between acts thrown in.

The company which had engaged both played the kerosene circuit with more or less success for several weeks. All the time, "Miss" Metta Hancock, as she appeared on the bills, "the peerless, perfect queen of ingenues," became more and more fascinated with the thespian art, while Hancock longed more and more for the familiar feel of his type case and the rush of "make-up."

Finally Hancock began to notice that there seemed to be less and less inclination on the part of his wife to give up the historic profession, as he urged her to do, and he promptly decided that it was because of her friendship with the leading man of the company. So last week he came back to his old job and yesterday filed divorce proceedings.