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s-flJ!I Napoleonic Lefly PackTllI
I - otherwise , known m tb
rreedlest womsa la England,"
taa racelTed a aetback. After via
cln eyery tri)Ki ia which h
liaa been encaced, her own daugh
ter bai dened ber and beatea her.
Lftdr Sackrill la the woman who
. vroa the recent sensational Scott will
... case in England. , gbe had preTlouslr
won many other social trluropha.
Che had won a treat title and hiatorlo ,
estates la tbe face of apparently la
- sormoantable Astaclee. ...
Porn with a Napoleonic ambition,
, this woman, the daughter of a com
mon Spanish ' dancer and the lata
Lord BackrUle, t once MlnJaf at
Washington, has spared no ene
? neither mother, lather, sisters nor
lBsbandia tbe pursuit of ber alma,
Heady to sacrifice her daughter, too. -.
sha has tor the first time la ber.
teareer come face to face with a per- -
-con ah cannot control. .
Possessed to-day of the title and
-estates,, to keep which she black-
ned ber mother's reputation,' and
1 v of the Scott fortune, to keep which
ha beld herself and her husband
nip to tbe Jeers - of Europe, Lady
etckrllle'a next ambition was to'
(marry ber daughter, the Honorable
(Victoria Mary Sackvllle-West, to VI. ,
mount Lascellea, beir to tbe Earl of,
. , Clarewood. But the Honorable Vie
...aorta Mary,' displaying equal deter
anlnatlon, refused, to sacrifice herself
to ber mother's selfish ambition, and -:
(during the trial of the will ease an
nounced her engagement to a com
.. xnoser, young Mr. Earold Nicholson,
-whose father, instead of being an-.
- varl, la aa assistant elerk to the '
(House of Commons.
iLady fiackTllla denied the engage
fenent, but her daughter smiled grimly
nd announced It again, There could
." fee but one outcome to the struggle,
. (Tor the Honorable Victoria Mary is,
, in will power at least, a second edl
. tlon of ber mother, well able to beat '
down all who oppose her, eyen that
another. Invitations to the wedding
(hare been issued, and all England I
pleased, with tbe knowledge that the
" ereedy, selfish Lady Sackrllle has
met ber Waterloo at last The mil
: Sions she fought fate to get bare
' failed to bring her the one greater
. thing she crared a titled son-in-law. '
But why should Lady Sackrilla ex-
Oman's SIrin a
OOKS.bonnd In woman's skin"
art reported to be greatly
sought after by French WblV
and - collectors ' of artistic
13 t'-ia great Cheramy: Library, re
:'y told at auction In Paris, there
9 two books bound In this choice ,
- - One was a work entitled
1 TLIngs That Hare Been Said
- ".en,' by Emile Descbanei v '
3 f rlcjf bears an Inscription In
; Whose Effort
to Win the
,, Famous Scott
. hn to tha
, pct te hare this fortune-' bring bar
fcappinesar It la a fortune founded
and fattened ea dishonor. Its his
tory reeks wits Intrigue. It has been
banded down from court favorites to
lovers, from cawed mothers te Dle-
. gitlmate sons. And as the wealth
she now holds) Is Savored with dis
honor, so also is Lady EackriUe's
family history. ;
In 1881 Sir Lionel SaekvUteWest
was British Minister to Washington.
Later be was dismissed for attempt
ing to Influence an American Presl
' dential election. He bad no wife, but
bis three daughters and a son Ured
with blm In - bis Washington home.
The eldest girl, then In, ber teens,
was good looking, vivacious and very
overbearing. he assumed all tbe
prerogatives of aa Ambassadress,
gave herself great airs and was qntte
, generally disliked. Washington dip
lomatic society objected to receiving
the Backrille-West children, for tbe
(act that Sackvllle-West had not
married their mother, who died In
1871, was very wen known. After be
ing dismissed from Washnlgton Sack-vine-West
inherited the title of Bar,
It was while she wss la Washing
ton that Miss Victoria Sackvllle
West as the Minister's daughter was
called, conceived the Idea of marry
ing ber first cousin, Lionel, who
would succeed to the title at ber fa
ther death. Knowing that ber
brother, like herself, was Illegitimate,
this seemed the one sure way to
mske herself a woman of title. . The '
Sackrllle family acknowledged the
existence of the children of the Span
ish dancer, but there was a keen
struggle to keep the beir from mar
tying Miss Victoria. i - .
'But Victoria, won. -Mo son was
bora to the young couple, Thus did
(ate strike ber first blow against the
ambitious woman. A daughter was ,
bom, but no woman can Inherit the
Sackrllle title. When this- girl was
sixteen years of ago fate struck an
other terrible blow.-, Lord Backrillo, '
the former Minister, died, and-at the
moment that Lionel Sackrllle-West
came Into tbe title and the magnifi
cent estates Henry, tbe natural son
of the Spanish, dancer, put In bl
claim for them on the ground that
bis parents had been married. .
' Tbe fight for the Sackrllle peerage
is a historic one in English society.
Not for an instant did Lady Sack-C
Latin, which translated reads as fol
lows; This book concerning women
was bound In a woman's skin that it
might be more agreeable. Witnesses: '
Edmond Crozet F.. Raymond, A.
Micbard." - 1
, Another book In the same collec
tion was described In the catalogue
as follows: ,
"Poems of 'Anaereon, published by
Jouaust Paris,-18S5. ltmo. Special
copy on Chin a -paper, bound In skin 1
mer English Ambassador Cast
Blame on Her M other's Name
to Win One Tainted Fortune,
Another, Only to
Daughter's True Love Turn Her
Wealth Into Dead Sea Fruit
,T01a think of relinquishing the title
for which she bad married' ber
coifein. Sha took charge of her hu '
-' band's ease from the start, directing
, erery more made by tbe defense. She
fought ber sisters at tbe same time,
. for they were-eager to proTe their
' brother the beir, ss doing so would
. prore them legitimate also. , ,
' Against tbe ' pretender and bis
'younger sisters stood this older sis
ter, fighting rrlmly for her title sal "
for Knola Park, ene of the greatest v
show places In England. Determined.
, to bold them at all costs, she black
ened ber mother's honor and, Indeed,
furnished the most damning proof of
ber own and ber brother's Illegiti
macy by presenting to the Ilouse ef '
fxrdi committee en rrmieges ner
Wrth certificate. In which she was re '
corded as the daughter of Josephine
Durand, a danseuse. The name ef
ber father, Iiord Backrille, "was emit-
ted, as Is always the ease Ja France "
when the mother of a child Is unwed,
Tbe claim was decided & favor ef
Lady Sackrllle's husband. The am
bitious woman thus reached what
she then thought was Mr highest
The coat of proving fclmself beir to ; "
the title and estates almost bank
rusted Lord fiacknile, as they fol
. lowed 1 closely.
upon the very- '
heary taxation ,
he had to pay as
bis cousin's pro- '
perty. From this
bis wife rescued ,
blm through her ;
' friendship - with ,
. bachelor. Bit
John Scott He
gave the Sack
Take youf ill-gotten gold," cries the , Honoralle Victoria. f1
' do not want it, if its possession means the
givuis up wi
' , , I 1 u.
' rllles sufficient- money to' pay' off
'their debts and -put their historic
mansion at Knole Park in repair.
t Scott died in 1813. In his will he .
left $5,000,000 to bis dear friend.
Bcok-Bindinr in Pari
The publication Which reports
these facts says that It has been un
able to find who were the women
who furnished the binding or nnder
what circumstances they supplied It.
I Is stated that tbe akin k taken
from a young woman makes an ex
qtiisite binding, very ' smooth and -!
agreeable to the touch. The skin of
Mademoiselle Creur-e, Kollv Msrbvl.
JftAwiu .f 9at' USvt
after by collectors if it could be Ob-
tamed in Its present-state. v,
"o f ilie For
Lady fSackTille.. The Ecott relative
contested tbe will last erlnrf, claim
log that Lady SackvlUe bad hypno
tised their brother; that be bad
stolen Into bis library to bunt for hi
will; that she had pursued him at
all times and at all hours. They
swore oq the stand that she bad been
responsible for their mother's, death,
and that In tbe Scott family the
eackrllles were called the hungry
locusts," and Her Ladysbip la partic
ular as "the earthquake."
Erery argument pat forti by tbe
Scott lawyers was refuted by Lady
Sackrllle's clerensess, and In the end
the jury awarded her the bulk ef the '
Scott fortune, which may amount to .
ever 47,000,000. It Includes a Park
JLane mansion and one In Paris. . ,
Lord Sackrllle on the stand swore
that be approved of this friendship
and that Scott bad of his own free
will paid a mortgage of I1D0.O00 on
Knole Park. .
It was testified that Sir John Scott
liked to alt by Lady Ssckvllle while
she let ber glorious hair fall ever her
shoulders, but the Jury fonnd she ..
bad exercised no undue Influence ' ,
As Lady Backrille sees herself pos
sessed ef the fortune she fought for, ;
she knows that la a way, she has
paid for it Soott developed into a
crochety old -man. 11 showered her
with pearls one day and quarreled
with heyhe next Among bis gifts,
to her were many Jewels of great
slue, an emerald bracelet worth,.
125,000, and checks that ran rap into
the hundred thou"inda. - ,
In 1011 Sir Jcl.n weakened In his "
allegiance te his friend, and sold her
be had changed bl will, leaving the '
bulk of bis fortune to big family. '
Lady CackvlUe then wrote a piteous ,
letter to a fries 1, la which she said; ,
"& teus me he has made au his
new arrangements about bis will. "
my weary eyes for ten years' away
ironi us inree." . , j
- The anxiety of that time wrought
great havoc in , Lady Gaekvlle's
health and faoe. '. Wrinkles marred
ber beauty. ' Her temper grew much
worse. Life was a horror. Then Sir .
John died, and the face of tbe world
, changed. He had never changed his
will as be threatened. The fortune
- But the sisters of Sir John, furious
at tbe trick fate bad nlayed them.
contested the will, but lost In the
- Will Lady fiackvtlle be allowed to
enjoy the fated Scott millions In
peacef .Not if their past history af
fects the future. If ever there was
an unsavory fortune, this Scott for
tune is that one founded and sour
Iu oun er M nearly a
- century y Isabella, second wife
of the second Marquis of Hertford,
she was the most powerful favorite
by the SUr Company. Croat TriUia rights Esssrrel
be dangled before ., . -, , r XY W - ' - L r- , ' .
:;'a - ,
i . ; 1
Uncle Perk, tU Home ef t!.e
C' vP.' -,,'-:!? TilUlx Tlz-nl
The Honorable. Victoria Sack
. vOe-West, Whose Deep Lore
' lor a Commoner Upsets Her
LlotWe Hope for a Titled
Son.ln.UW. . .
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of George XT, winning him" away
from , Mrs. Fltzierbert, with whonj
he had contracted an ecclesiastical
, marriage. She extorted from hink
large gifts of money and property
even art treatures and crown Jewels. .
Che bad one eon, the Earl of Tar- s
mouth, afterward third Marquis of
Hertford. 3le was the original of the
Infamous old Marquis Of Steyne of -Thackeraye
: rvanity FairV, He 1
greatly increased this fortune by -marrying
a celebrated beauty, Maria
Fagniant who bad Inherited much
wealth from three ! men, each 'ofi ,
whom supposed himself to be ber fa
ther. The old Duke of Qneensberry v
left her 13,000,000 as well as country ,
places and a number of bouses,, des
ignating ber as bis daughter. George .
Selwyn left her a fortune and her .
mother's husband, an Italian noble
man, left ber bis estates.
But the Marquis of Hertford did
not long enjoy taia wife's presence or
wealth. . -She presented him with aa
beir and then went to Paris, where,, '
cour years later,, ;sne ; bad another ,
son whom she called Henry Seymour,
and later a third son whom she , '
named Richard anace.cWhen'thei
Marchioness of Hertford died she ' -left
her whole fortune to tier eldest '
eon, who was then fourth Marquis of '
Hertford. Oddly enough, there was '
a great attachment between the Mar-
, t)lliB UU -MID . .iit-61UUBlO -
diedf In 1S70, be left all his fortune
5 that received from his father, whicbt -
had been founded by the King's fa-
. rorite, and that received from bis -,
tootherto Jhis half -brother. Thus
this dishonored but great fortune
pawl from the Hertford family.
This fortune enabled Xtlcbard, at . , -the
age of forty-five, to marry the
lady who had passed as his wife for.''
twenty-three years and who was the
" mother of his son, Edmond.
The Wallaces, in spite of the irreg ,
. ularlty of their marriage, made some ,
friends In England, but Queen Vic
1 toria refused to recognlfe Lady Wal- -' '
tece. although she had knighted
Ttlchard Wallace for his services to , v
England In the , days of the Com
mune. In, 1875 Sir Richard 'engaged 'ei
private secretary, son of a poo
Scotch surgeon, John Beott This sec
. retary lived with the Wallaces until (
Sir Richard died, in 1SB0. All his
fortune, now numbering some $10,.
' 00,000, was left to his widow.
John Scott continued to eerre Lady
Wallace during the eight years of
her widowhood. On her death, in
1SD3. she left her vast art collection'
to the British nation and all her1
money to the secretary, who, at one
bound, became a multi-millionaire . '
and a man of considerable Impor
tance in London. - .
And it is this fortune, with lts'un
savory history, that Lady Eackvllls'
fousbt for and that her daughter
PDurns unless che be allowed . t
share It with brr commoner husband
youngf Harold Nicholson, on of an
asRiscant clcr,k In the House of Cor"