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Worth Only *700. I

Curious Considerations of • *

'Stop Loss" Orders on Affec-

tions, "Margins on a Wife
" Bank of Loye" and a "Heart
Mrs. J a m e s Murray Mitchell, W h o s e "Stop Loss' • »

a Stock Asset" That Prompted

Suit for H e r Husband's Lore Ended
i n a $ 7 0 0 Verdict.

i Jury to Make One of the Lowest Valuations

on Record Upon a *
Lost Husband
JURY has awarded Mrs. James your' "No.* "Are yon in love wita

A Murray Mitchell, wife of a Wall

street broker, $700 as its esti-
mate of the worth of her husband's love.
him?" "No."
"Did you ever entertain any love or
affection for him?" "No." "Did you
•Mrs. Mitchell had sued Mrs. Ruth Aus- ever apeak to Mrs.'Mitchell by tele-
tin, s> younger woman, for $25,000— phone?" "Never." *«Dtd she once ask
which was her estimate of what she you by telephone what you wanted to
thought his affection was worth. What speak to her husband about, and did
she received is the lowest valuation of yon reply with profane language, it was
a man's heart ever recorded in New none of her business?" "I never did."
York County with one notable exception, "Did you ever see him at the Waldorf-
when only six cents were awarded to Astoria?" "Yes." "Was he with his
u woman who commenced a similar ac- wife?" "Yes." "Did you speak to her?"
tion some years ago. "No." "Did you speak to him?" "Only
The Mitchell decision raises a number bowed to him." "After he separated
of unusually interesting questions. For from his wife, didn't he discuss the mat-
instance, with Stock Exchange seats sell- ter with you?" "No." "Don't you think
ing now for around $70,000, what was it it would have been natural?" "I never
that determined the Jury to declare a thought of it and he never volunteered."
broker's heart worth only and Just one "Did you ever meet any of Mrs. Mitchell's
per cent the value of the seat? The family?" "Yes. Her brother. I went
manner in which this and other questions to a dance with Mr. Mitchell and aim
were decided was, if information that and danced with both of them."
comes directly from those most Intimately At this time, had the Jury retired, it
connected with the verdict and its evolu- would have brought in a verdict of no
tion are to be believed, as interesting as damages, for it believed Mrs. Austin.
the questions themselves. For It hap- But then there was the testimony of
pened that the Jurymen were, almost Mrs. Mitchell She repeated what ap-
without exception, men thoroughly fa- peared in her complaint, repeated it with
miliar with stock exchange ways and tears.
methods, and they at last argued the "Tell your story in your own way, Mrs.
points purely from ft stock exchange Mitchell," said her counsel.
viewpoint. *, "I went to the Waldorf-Astoria, with
In other words, they put themselves my husband. It was one night about
in the position of brokers. Mrs. Mitchell two years ago. He had behaved very
was their customer end Mr. Mitchell's well and was very attentive until he
love the stock whose value they had to saw Mrs. Austin. While 1 was dancing
determine. she bowed and smiled at my husband.
Take, for instance, the question men- She came over to him and put her arm
tioned. It is true that a Stock Ex- around the back of the chair in which
change seat is a staple institution,
always there and, while subject to fluc- he was sitting. After that he wanted
tuations, in time of panic, still never to send me home alone, but I wouldn't
inconsiderable in its quoted price. But go by myself.
on the other hand, a man's heart is al- "He consented, «ulkily, to take me
ways there while he's alive; it has its home. But after we got homo he left
fluctuations, of course, but its value to and did not return until five in the +>
its owner at least is never inconsider- morning "
able. Influence of Mrs. Austin Miss Daisy Markham, English Actress,
Ah, said the wise Jury, that is true W h o s e Verdict of $ 2 5 0 , 0 0 0 for t h e
of the stability of the seat and true also U p o n Mitchell H e a r t Stock.
of the stability of the heart. But the The lawyer, reading from the com- Loss of t h e Marquis of Northampton's
value of each is in reality determined Love Te t h e Highest V a l u a t i o n Ever
by the quality and quantity of what they plaint: "You stated, did you not, 'that
deal with. The Stock Exchange deals after he met Mrs. Ruth. Austin he became M a d e of A n y M a n ' s Heart.
with stocks, bonds and so on; the heart a different man. He became estranged.
with affection, love and so on. If the His regard and affection for you were companying her to dances and stay until b a n d's affec-
supply of good stocks decreases, and bad destroyed?' You said, did you not, 'that in half past three in the morning. I had to tions are the
stocks take their place, the value of the get the returns from the London stock stocks."
Stock Exchange seat decreases. If the or about the month of May, 1918, she in-
quality and quantity of emotions that duced and wilfully and maliciously en- market at five. So I never had enough Another Jur-
occupy what we call the heart deteriorate sleep and I was breaking down. My or — "Well, In
ticed the said James Murray Mitchell to that case, the
then equally the value of the heart de- desert you and your children, leaving yon nervous system did break down. I told
teriorates. •took w h o s e
without means of support, and that she my wife that I could not stand her kind value we have
A Heart's Fluctuations induced him to go to her place of abode of life and that we would better live to appraise is
in the City of New York and elsewhere, apart the husband's
In a L o v e Bear Raid. '1 have suffered reverses since the affections for
at which place and places she has since the plaintiff.
Another question—Is a broker's heart harbored and detained the said James war, but I am now supporting my wife Before the de-
subject to bear raids and bull raids? Murray Mitchell against your will?' Did and children. The defendant has never fendant came Mrs. Ruth Austin, W h o s e "Bear R a i d " o n Mr. Mitchell's
Ought a wife put in a atop loss order you so swear?" persuaded nor enticed me, by offers of into their lives
that stock was H e a r t Caused t h e S u i t •
when she suspects that her husband's "I did." money or in any other way, to leave my
love la on the wane? Can he call upon wife." worth consid- refused them it wasn't her fault
"Mrs. Mitchell, did you write thia erable no doubt. Before the defendant . "How about eight hundred?" shouted]
her for margins from her bank account letter?'' Burdened with this conflicting testi- started what we might ca!i a bear raid, Another juror—"No, no, it's too late to one of. the compromisera.
of affections? Mrs. Mitchell examined the letter and mony, tiie Jury retired to consider the (chorus from several tired Jurymen talk about more margins now. This plain-
But before going into these and other "She's a bear! She's a bear!"). This tiff saw the value of her stock going down His answer sounded like a series of
nodded. MYes, sir," she said. three points of a strange triangle of testi- and in order to save something out of grunts. ..
unique considerations that swayed the "I wrote that after I had summoned him mony. stock was worth considerably more than
Mitchell Jury and the final extraordinary "What are his affections worth?" asked it is to-day. This plaintiff can't expect the wreck she put in a stop-loss order ' "That fellow! . I. wouldn't give him *n
to the Domestic Relations Court to make which we are called upon now to execute.
scene in which the heart of James Mur- him support the children and myself." an impatient Juror. That's all it simmers to get as much now for her stock as she house room, let alone eight hundred dot
down to. What do you think?" would have got if she had had to put it We are the brokers. The limit having
ray Mitchell was bid down to $700 in true The attorney read the letter— been reached we've got to execute the lars. He'd be expensive at eight cents."
Stock Exchange fashion, it will be nec- 'If instead of busying yourself running "I say $25,000," affirmed one. on the market before the panic." Imprecations from the others. De-
"Twenty-five thousand? You're crazy. , Another Juror—"But perhaps this is order and all we can obtain for our cus-
essary to know what led up to and was in and out of a cafe downtown and con- tomer is the market 'price prevailing to- rision over his shoulder from the im-
suming all the liquor possible every The affections of a man who is dissatis- only a temporary slump. How do we
the cause for calling in any Jury at alL
fied with his home and his wife are worth know that if this defendant hadn't come day. In1 my opinion this stock isn't worth movable one. * • •' Ti<
Mrs. Ruth Austin, twenty-four years afternoon you would save a little money $1,000." • c
old, and profoundly indignant, sat an- you might not be in court so often. While six cents," said another. into the case, Mrs. Mitchell's stock would A juror mounted a" bench.
you are drinking your%illy head off Aus- Appalled at the difference between not have appreciated in value? We ought Another Juror—"Don't forget this stock " What a m i bid. for the heart of James
grily in the witness chair. take that into consideration. We are once paid a dividend. Don't you think
"Look at her, gentlemen," said the tin is flirting with your rivals." these extreme estimates, others tried to Jdurray Mitchell?" he chanted..
The Jury looked reproachfully at Mrs. Effect a compromise. A scattering bal- itting a value on it and we ought to we ought to give her something for the "Seven hundred seventy-five doliart.*
lawyer for, the plaintiff. "Bo you not te into consideration the fact that the possibility that the dividends might have
think her alluring? Look upon those Austin. How could she have deceived lot was taken. It resulted in these esti- take , ' "Going at seven hundred seventy-five."
them so with those big, brown, appealing mates of the worth of Mr. Mitchell's af- wife might have regained some of the been resumed If this defendant hadn't
soft brown eyes, at that exquisite figure, loss she. has sustained by reason of this butted in?" . . • "Seven.hundred fifty!" shouted another
melting curve into curve, at that pouting eyes? Mrs. Austin cast down those eyes fections: • in the faint voice of one a hungered.
month. Behold that creamy skin, the and looked distinctly sulky. $25,000 bear raid." "Well, all I'd vote for is $600." « i

All looked at the man who.had turned

lovely ring-weighted hands. Could she "A verdict against her for the limit. $10,000 - ! * Other Jurors in chorus—"Six cents! . bis back upon them. -Was hope father
Another Juror—-"No, not at all, all we Ten thousand dollars! A thousand dol-
not allure any man? She could." Twenty-five' thousand if a cent,** each $15,000 are concerned In is the value of the stock to the thought that his feet had slipped
* A titter from the court room. A ri- Juror said In his heart. lars! $150!" ; ,• to a less defiant angle? V
$150; to-day. Bethlehem Steel may be worth And there they were, back in the, old
bald voice husked, "Thou, too, Brutus." Then appeared • Mr. Mitchell. The $400 a share to-day and if we have to sell . "Seven hundred" tnirty-flVe?* "The feet
ihere were more titters. Jurors surveyed him with interest. The 175; ; ...,,./ ., ,\ it to-day all we can get for it is $400 place once more. Finally the twenty- - were slipping. . ,j/
Mitchell's stock stood at $35,000. Had man about whom two women go to law $06. ;, despite the fact that yesterday It may five thousand man gave up. He joined "Seven hundred twenty-five, seven hun-
the Jury retired at that moment, Mrs. is always of interest to other men who The battle raged. The $25,000 man and have been worth $600 and to-morrow it forces with the ten thousand'dollar man! dred fifteen, seven.hundred!"
Mitchell would have been richer, and have led a commonplace existence. He the six cent man'openly hated each other. may be worth $1,000." Because they were tired and hungry they,
allied themselves to the fifteen hundred The feet of the defiant one struck the
her rival poorer by $25,000. But at Mrs. was thirty-one years old. He was very The $10,000 man begged for a com, floor with a thud, ,• . .
Austin's determined answers Mitchell's
stock began to tumble.
tall. He was reasonably handsome, biit
the Jury could find flaws In his beauty.
"Well, gentlemen," said one, ''now that
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Another juror—;Thafs all right/but if
e wife puts up some more margin she
can hold onto her stock until the market
dollar man. -
As the dinner hour passed the three
"Al* right!" - ;
He rose, stretcaeu, uttered something
The examination ran like this: Each believed that among their number we have agreed:that the plaintiff is en- improves and then she can get a better yielded place to, one who advocated a
titled to a verdict, it ought to be. easy to verdict of $850. . At this point the six- that rhymed unmistakably with "Oh On,
"How long have you known Mr. Mit- was one, at least, who was as handsome price. She claims, she had a ?arge bal- eent man spoke harshly of and to his well!" "I'm hungry.- he went oh: - -Thia
cuenr* "About rour years." "How did as he. decide how much. . But, everyone seems ance In the bank of love. Why didn't is not worth my losing my dinner.: Glte
you meet him?* -I was Introduced by "My reason for leaving my wife was to think differently. she put up the margins? companions and refused to talk further her a sympathy - v Sw ^i e TTe nt nO T ^ S
some mutual friends." "Did you ever not in any way related to Mrs. Austin," One Juror—"It seems to me that we with them.. He took a seat in a remote and let's go home." . ' undredf
ought to apply the principles which gov- Another juror—There is no evidence corner, turned his chair back upon them,
auareas Mr. Mitchell and say to him that he insisted. "My wife is very fond of to show her husband asked for more placed his feet defiantly against .the wai' And so, by the 'Jurors' own tale! «
he must abandon his wife and come to society. She liked to go about and to ern stock transactions. We're the brok- margins.. If she offered them sad he
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Thomas M. Tryniski
309 South 4th Street
Fulton New York