Old Wives for New

1
  "It is my belief, Sophy, that Wives
are apt to take our Husbands too much
for granted.
  We've an inclination to settle down to
neglectful dowdiness - just because 
we've 'landed our Fish'!
  It is not enough for Wives to be merely
virtuous any more, scorning all frills. We
must remember to trim our 'Votes for
Women' with a little lace and ribbon -
if we would keep our Man a 'Lover',
as well as a 'Husband'!"

2
 In one of the Country's
   smaller industrial towns
lives Charles Murdock, an
"Oil King" - whose name
spells Genius to the Financial
World - and Pocket-Book to
his Family.
            Elliott Dexter.

3
 "They don't own the house
they live in - and they haven't
any automobile, but they're
happier than I am - because
they have Love!"

4
The Five Pairs of Hands
 that Were to Weave the
Threads of His Destiny.

5
The Hands of Sophy
 Murdock - his Wife.
       Sylvia Ashton.

6
The Hands of Viola -
 A "Painted Lady".
       Marcia Manon.

7
The Hands of Juliet Raeburn
 - the most fashionable of
New York Dressmakers - who
was finally to cut the Thread
of his Fate.
               Florence Vidor.

8
The Hands of Melville
 Blagden - of the "Knick-
erbocker" Blagdens.
     ___________

Murdock's crafty secretary
- who has found that an
ancient Coat-of-Arms does
not necessarily keep one's
arms in a coat.
          Gustav Seyffertitz.

9
The Hands of Tom Berkeley.
       _________

   A shrewd Sensualist,
who wants only what he pays
for - and gets it.
               Theodore Roberts.

10
Morning in the Murdock
  Household - which
pretty much runs itself.

11
"Home, Sweet Home."

12
 "Mrs. Murdock is ill this
morning, sir - she's having
her breakfast in bed."

13
 "I should think she
would be ill."

14
 "I'm sorry, dear - if
mother would only let
me run the house!"

15
 "I guess you've heard of
old Joel Baker - well, I'm
Sophy, his youngest."

16
  "Charles Murdock -
 what on earth are you
'mooning' about?"

17
 "Sophy - it's degradation
for two people to go on living
together who no longer care
for each other! I propose
that you will take half of all
we've got - and that you
and I shall release each
other."

18
 "Are you proposing to
divorce me - the mother
of your children!"

19
 "I'm taking Charley up
to the North woods to 
hunt - you can have
three weeks to think it
over."

20
Juliet Raeburn, Head of
  "Dangerfield's, Inc." -
steals a few weeks away
from the mad rush of New
York's busy season.

21
 "You don't look a day over 
thirty, Dad, in that outfit!
Why not shave your mous-
tache and I'll pass you off
as my brother!"

22
 "Isn't this better than 
selling silk stockings and 
lingerie - in 'Dangerfield's'?"

23
Toward Noon

24
 "Did you see him - he
had such a cunning face!
I never killed anything
in my life before!"

25
 "This would have only
made him mad - even if
it had hit him."

26
 "May I introduce
my - "

27
 "- his honored younger
brother."

28
 "May we come over to 
your camp and bring you 
some bear meat?"

29
Two Kinds of
 Firelight

30
After Three Weeks of
 "Gypsy" Freedom -
Murdock the Cynic, the
Disappointed, comes at
last to know what a
woman - the Right Woman
- can mean to a lonely
man.

31
 "Any paddles for sale?
I've lost mine."

32
 "Listen to me - and then
forgive me if you can! I
am married, Juliet, I'm not
that boy's brother - I'm his
father!"

33
His Welcome.

34
 "You ought to be ashamed, 
Charles Murdock, trying to
look like a boy - you a
married man with grown
children!"

35
 "Wait till you see the
bear Dad and Miss
Raeburn killed!"

36
"Who's Miss Raeburn?"

37
 "Instead of making life a 
hell for yourself and for
me - why don't you keep
your home clean and your
family happy - and it
wouldn't do any harm to
clean yourself up and wash
your hair!"

38
 "There's something you
don't know, Charley -
Mother told me, while you
were gone, that Father
wants - a divorce!"

39
 "You wanted my answer
- well you've got it! Have
all the fun you want with
that younger, fresher
woman - But just you
remember this, Charles
Murdock, I'll never divorce
you - never!"

40
 "Berkeley has just com-
pleted the sale of the Oil
wells - shall we run into
New York tomorrow and
celebrate?"

41
At "Dangerfield's"
       ___________

  Where Berkeley, Murdock's
  partner, hies himself once
  a month, to settle - with a
  ribbon and a feather - his
  personal account with
  Jessie.

42
 "Suppose he didn't get
you the ermines! I bet if
I had had a live one like
that I wouldn't crab at all!"

43
 "Don't you know yet that 
men don't introduce us to
their daughters?"

44
 "I'm giving a little supper
party tonight for Jess and
her pretty friend. Your wife
isn't with you - and mine
isn't interested - so why
not join us?"

45
 "Did you ever see such
well-groomed feet in your
life - she's the head of the
establishment."

46
 "May I introduce my
father - though he does
look more like my brother,
doesn't he?"

47
 "Juliet, forgive me - the
moment I realized, I told
you! But that month of
happiness has shown me
that I can't go on without 
you!"

48
 "You know that we have
nothing to say to each other
that can be said - Nothing 
that you ought to say - or
that I ought to hear!"

49
 "Can they make me
forget?"

50
At midnight - the blatant
 Voice of the Café -
calls mockingly to him:
"Better be merry with the
         fruitful Grape -
Than sadden after none,
        or bitter fruit!"

51
 "To the death of -
Memory!"

52
 "My perfume reminds 
you of someone - doesn't
it? I used to be a model
at 'Dangerfield's' and the
lady that owned the place
used it."

53
 "Close your eyes - and
imagine I'm the woman
you're in love with!"

54
 "No, I can't forget - I
will only see you to
your apartment."

55
The Green Eyes of
  Jealousy.

56
The woman scorned.

57
"You keep out of this!"

58
"Telephone - !"

59
"Tele - phone - !"

60
 "Get - Murdock! Greely
- four nine - six!"

61
Berkeley Pays.

62
 "I suppose it's you, 
Murdock - Can't see
your features - rotten
mess - isn't it?"

63
 "She didn't do it - it was
the little one! This must
be hushed up, Charley -
damn it all, my reputation
must be saved!"

64
 "We've got to get him to 
his hotel. He must appear
to die there of heart disease
- I'll fix everyone that's
necessary!"

65
 "We will protect you, if
you behave yourself. But
you must take the first 
steamer bound for the
Orient!"

66
Hushing it Up.

67
 "I killed him - he was a
beast! No man ever knows
what another man is with
a woman!"

68
 "I won't turn you over to
the Police as long as you
help us hide this scandal.
When you feel like talking
- just picture the Electric
Chair!"

69
The Badge of Grief (sometimes)
        ___________

 Sophy comes to New York,
 ostensibly to comfort Mrs.
 Berkeley - really to help
 her pick out her mourning.

70
 "I'll wear all the crepe in
the world, Sophy - but let's
not have any 'sob' stuff.
Berkeley didn't die of heart
disease - he was killed at some
woman's house."

71
 "Poor Mr. Berkeley - he
and Mr. Murdock were in 
here just the morning
before he died!"

72
 "Raeburn! - not Juliet
Raeburn?"

73
 "Since Berkeley was such
a frequent caller here - it
isn't hard to imagine what
woman's house he was
killed in!"

74
The "Extra - Extra!"

75
 "I've got it! Your husband
and mine quarreled over
that Raeburn woman -
well, I'll fix her!"

76
 "Your paper mentions some
unknown woman in connec-
tion with the Berkeley case.
That woman is 'Juliet Raeburn'
- and I shall name her in my 
divorce proceedings!"

77
The "Hydra-Head"
  of Scandal.

78
 "We are going to Europe 
in the morning!"

79
The "Catspaw"
    ___________

  Murdock uses the
  "Painted Lady" to
  shield the woman
  he loves.

80
 "Why that's not Juliet
Raeburn with him - that's
Viola, a girl who used to
work at 'Dangerfield's'!"

81
 "We will take a later 
boat - instead."

82
 "There's been a grave
mistake in identity, Miss
Raeburn. We want to 
apologize and assure you
that we will do all we 
can to square this in our 
papers."

83
"While the Cat's Away"
       ___________

    Blagden, now that
    Sophy's divorce is
    started, plays Trumps.

84
 "Women under fifty, my
dear Lady, don't need to 
be motherly nowadays!
There's a certain French
beauty doctor - who can
restore your natural
charm."

85
The Rejuvenation of Sophy
       ____________

   Where Murdock's Complaint
   has Failed - Blagden's
   Flattery Wins.

86
10 A.M.

87
11 A.M.

88
1 P.M.

89
 "Have you ever thought,
now that you have your
divorce, that sometime - you
might - marry again?"

90
In Venice
       ________

  Unheeding the fragrant 
  flower markets, or the quaint
  gondolas - Viola strives
  vainly to solve the riddle
  of Murdock's attitude: in
  public, the devout Lover -
  in private, the formal Friend.

91
 "Viola - you have ren-
dered me a very great 
service. I am leaving
Venice tomorrow - and 
in return I want to secure
your future before we part."

92
 "I've no right to speak of
this, Miss Raeburn - but
that Other Lady means
nothing more to Mr. Murdock
- than a shield for your
good name!"

93
The Venetian Night.

94
Old Wives for New.

95
 "Where are the chil-
dren - I must kiss them
goodbye!"

96
The End


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