COURT TELLS HOW TO AVERT DIVORCE.
Judge Bird Advises Wife to Concentrate Mind on Her Home.
WORDS FOR HUSBAND, TOO.
"Keep Thought on Job" Is Advice; Several Cases Heard.
"Broken homes, many of them, might be averted if the wife would concentrate her mind on her home and the husband keep his thoughts and ambitions on his job."
That was teh golden text for yesterday in Judge Daniel E. Bird's division of the circuit court. The judge preached a little sermon to Mr. and Mrs. Charles A. Stamey, 2242 Poplar avenue, who were in court contesting a divorce suit and a cross petition. At the close of the sermon the judge admonished the couple to forget the last eight years and begin life over again, concentrating their efforts upon the welfare of their child. The divorce was denied.
A woman standing at the window and waving her handkerchief at men may be indiscreet, or poor taste, or it may just be one form of the "Chautauqua Salute," but it is not flirting, much as it seemed to Thomas J. Barker, 2619 Belleview avenue, who charged that his wife thus acted. He asked a divorce yesterday partly on these grounds. But Judge Daniel E. Bird had another idea of flirting, real flirting, and he so stated. He granted the divorce from Mrs. Maggie Barker on other grounds.
Judge Harris Robinson heard and took under advisement the divorce case of Mrs. Bernice Davis, 2534 Wabash avenue, against harry Davis, now in the state penitentiary serving sentence for the slaying of Al Hatch. Hatch was a saloonkeeper and was shot at Linwood boulevard and Brooklyn avenue on the night of October 18, 1912. The shooting was the result of a planned robbery. The wife met and married Davis while he was a fugitive from Kansas City. She was formerly Miss Bernice Nessly, daughter of a Wichita merchant.
A piano in the household may be a permissible evil if it came in with the permission of both husband and wife. But Horace E. Vandover, 62 years old, charged in his divorce petition, which was heard by Judge Burney, that his wife brought a piano into the home without his permission. He was granted the divorce on that and other testimony.