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Husband of the Former Mrs. Chapman Refuses to Pay for Valuable Gowns
Lady Duff Gordon, who, under the name of Lucile, Ltd., of London and Paris, sells feminine apparel of her own design, is suing for $600 in the City Court Philip Van Valkenberg, husband of the former Mrs. Chapman, the "million-dollar widow," much sought after by titled Europeans.

Judge Smith put the suit on the short-cause calendar yesterday for trial next week.
Lady Gordon enumerates articles bought by Mrs. Van Valkenberg in June, 1910---a blue lisle Elsie Elaine coat and gown, $225; a lace hat, $25; a gray lily Elsie gown, $150, and a purple evening gown, $200. Mr. Van Valkenberg declares the goods were not necessities, and were ordered by his wife contrary to his desire and express order.


Mark Baber, USA


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