Tuesday, February 26, 2013

1913 - Marriage, Suicide and Scandal

The Washington Herald
February 26 1913

CAPITAL ELOPERS FOUND
IN PARIS
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Horace Wylie and Mrs. Hichborn "Greeted"
by Former Washington Friend.
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"Mrs. and Mrs. Wilborn"
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Couple Who Left Here in Fall of 1911
Are living in Villa Outside
of French Capital.

Elinor Hoyt Hichborn Wylie
Paris, Feb 25 --Horace Wylie, one-time society leader and clubman of Washington and Newport whose elopement with the beautiful Mrs. Eleanor Hoyt-Hichborn cause her husband, Philip S. Hichborn, lawyer, author, society leader and clubman, and a son of Rear Admiral Hichborn, to commit suicide, was recognized here to-day, and when accosted admitted his identity.

Wylie and Mrs. Hichborn, who have changed little, if any, in appearance, were dining in a cafe when a friend who knew them both in Washington before their love for each other was born, stopped while passing their table and addressed them both.  The friend was greeted with cordial handshakes.

Lifts Veil of Mystery.
The friend's loud-spoken exclamation, "Hello, Horace Wylie." lifted the veil of mystery which has shrouded the whereabouts of the eloping couple since they left Washington.  Later it was learned that Wylie and Mrs. and Mrs. Hichborn are known in France as Mr. and Mrs. Wilborn.  This assumed name was undoubtedly formed by a combination of the first syllable of the name Wylie and the last syllable of Hichborn.

Wylie and Mrs. Hichborn reside in a picturesque villa in a little suburb of Paris, and Wylie is engaging in realty operations.  Wylie is successfully introducing the American building loan plan in his transactions. The best information obtainable is that the couple are supremely happy, and among a coterie of dear friends they are reported to have abandoned any idea of ever returning to their native land.

ELOPEMENT AND SUICIDE ARE WELL REMEMBERED
In Washington, where Horace Wylie and Mrs. Elinor Hoyt Hichborn once figured prominently as leaders in the most exclusive society, their elopement and its subsequent tragic climax, caused by the suicide of Mrs. Hichborn's young husband, Philip Hichborn, is well remembered.

Mrs. Wylie, who has been residing at the beautiful old Wylie residence in Thomas Circle with her children since her husband departed with Mrs. Hichborn could not be located last night after the cablegram from Paris telling of the discovery of the whereabouts of the elopers was received.  At the Wylie residence a servant stated that Mrs. Wylie is in New York.

Horace Wylie and Mrs. Elinor Hoyt Hichborn disappeared from their homes in this city simultaneously on Decemeber 10, 1910.  Although both families denied an elopement, it was later learned that the couple went to Canada, and there boarded steamer for Europe.  They were later reported in Paris, Monte Carlo, and Egypt, but no definite word of their whereabouts was received.

Horace Wylie left a charming wife and four children--Andrew, who at that time was in Princeton; Horace, jr., and two daughters.  Mrs. Hichborn left her devoted husband and infant son, Phillip Hichborn, Third.  In the summer of 1911 Wylie and Mrs. Hichborn returned to this city.  It was reported that a temporary reconciliation was effected between Phillip Hichborn and his wife.  Wylie is said to have made ineffectual attempts at a reconciliation with his wife.

In the fall of 1911 Wylie and Mrs. Hichborn again disappeared from this city.  Hichborn filed suit for divorce, but it was never tried.  While in Washington after the first elopement, Wylie is said to have transferred to his wife $30,000 in real estate in this city and half of his personal property.  mrs. Wylie has not sued for divorce.

Mrs. Hichborn was Miss Elinor Hoyt, daughter of the late Solicitor of the State Department and a belle in Washington society.  She had been married to Hichborn for five years when she eloped.  She was twenty-one years old when she was married, the late Bishop Satterlee performing the ceremony.  Wylie, who is about twenty years older than Mrs. Hichborn, is a son of Judge Wylie, of one of the oldest and best known families of Washington.

Phillip Hichborn was twenty-nine years old when he killed himself with a revolver on the night of March 27, 1912, in the home of his sister, Mrs. Pearsall, who was Miss Martha Hichborn, later Mrs. James G. Blain Jr., and now the wife of Capt. Paul Pearsall, who resigned from the United States service to enjoy a fortune with his beautiful wife.

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