New York Times

No Names Mentioned in Proceedings Before Justice Mills, Who Grants Interlocutory Decree
It Is Understood Counsel Had Earlier Agreement on Disposition of Children and Financial Settlement
Mrs. John Jacob Astor obtained an interlocutory decree of divorce from her husband, Col. Astor, from Justice Mills, sitting in the Supreme Court at New City, Rockland County, N. Y., yesterday. All papers in the case were sealed, and the case was cautiously conducted through its final stage in the courtroom.

The little gathering of spectators in the courtrroom did not know the nature of the proceedings, the name of Astor not being mentioned once while counsel were making the necessary motions.
Henry W. Taft appeared for Mrs. Astor. Col Astor was represented by Lewis Cass Ledyard.

After Justice Mills had taken his seat on the bench Mr. Taft quietly arose and said: "I have a motion with which you are familiar, and would like to have the judgment signed and an interlocutory decree granted."

Justice Mills replied: "I have read very carefully the report of the referee in this matter, and am of the opinion that the evidence presented justifies the findings of the referee. I shall, therefore, sign the judgment and grant an interlocutory decree if there are no objections."

Mr. Ledyard arose and said there were no objections. Justice Mills signed the papers, whereupon Mr. Taft made a second motion, asking that all papers in the case be sealed. The motion was granted, and counsel returned to this city at once.

No statement was forthcoming as to which of the parents would have custody of the two Astor children. It is understood, however, that counsel in the case made a preliminary arrangement as to this and also in reference to the financial settlement. It is currently reported that Col. Astor made a settlement of $10,000,000 in lieu of alimony.

Mrs. Astor was a Miss Ava Willing of Philadelphia, and was married to Col. Astor in 1891. Col. Astor is now cruising in the West Indies on his steam yacht Nourmahal.

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