- London, Sunday April 26th
--Mr. William K.
Vanderbilt and Mrs. Lewis M. Rutherfurd
- were married at nine o'clock
yesterday morning at St. Mark's, North
- Audley Street. To paragraph only
eight persons, including the
- contracting parties, were in the
edifice at the time. To the very last
- the element of secrecy was
successfully maintained, and in order to
- effectively prevent the presence
of undesirable spectators, the wedding
- was celebrated at the very
earliest hour in the day possible under the
- laws of Great Britain.
- The ceremony was performed by the
Rev. Arthur H. Hadden, Vicar of St.
- Mark's and Honorary Chaplain to
- The witnesses were the Duke and
Dutchess of Marlborough. Mr. Winfield
- Scott Hoyt, Mr. Vanderbilt's
close friend, was best man, and Mr. Henry
- White, first secretary of the
American Embassy, gave the bride away.
- These four signed the register.
The only other person present was Mr.
- James Smith, verger of the
- The service was the regular
Church of England service, and did not
- occupy more then 15 minutes
- Mr. Vanderbilt, who has been
living in Tallant' Private Hotel, but a
- few steps from the Church, was
the first to arrive, accompanied by Mr.
- Hoyt. The Duke and Dutchess of
Marlborough came next, then Mrs.
- Rutherfurd, accompanied by Mr. H.
White drove up in Mr. Whites carriage.
- The doors closed.
- In order to insure immunity from
inquisitive persons the doors of the
- church were not opened, the
bridal party entering the sacred edifice
- through the vicarage -which
adjoins the Church. The bride, who is tall
- and graceful, looked charming and
wore a very becoming gray traveling
- costume, almost severe in its
plainess. A toque of the same color
- completed a very effective
- Mrs. Rutherford did not wear a
jewel of any description, but carried a
- small prerogative cook.
- Mr. Vanderbilt wore the
regulation frock coat. There was no flower in
- his buttonhole to mark him as the
happy bride groom..
- When the ceremony was completed
the Dutchess of Marlborough was be first
- to offer her congratulations,
kissing first her newly made step mother,
- then her father.
- the other members of the bridal
party hindered their best wishes, and
- all present then went to the
vastly where the register was signed. Mr.
- and Mrs. Vanderbilt then left the
church by way of the vicarage, and
- entering Mr. whites carriage were
driven to his residence, #X White all
- gardens. Followed by the other
members of the bridal 40. Here the
- wedding breakfast was port taken
of and shortly before 11 o'clock Mr.
- and Mrs. Vanderbilt drove away to
start on their honey moon.
- Crossed to Paris
- It was announced they were to
pass a few days in England, but instead
- they took the 11 o'clock train
for Paris. This is confirmed by the fact
- that the upper deck cabin on the
mail steamer Dover, which left Dover in
- connection with this train, was
engaged in the name of Vanderbilt. It
- was occupied by a Lady and
Gentlemen whose description answers that of
- Mr. and Mrs. Vanderbilt. It is
not improbable they will make a yachting
- cruise in the Mediterranean on
Mr. Vanderbilt's big steam yacht, the
- Valiant, later on.
- Although Mr. Vanderbilt and his
advisers succeeded in baffling public
- curiosity until the past most
admirably, it was not any easy task to
- attain their end. It was
necessary to resort to numerous expedients,
- some of which seem strange when
the great wealth and social position of
- the bride and groom and witnesses
are concerned. The rumors and denial
- of this week have been numerous,
all owing to the fact that Mr.
- Vanderbilt was determined to keep
the time and place of his wedding
- secret. To insure this he took up
his residence in a little old
- fashioned private hotel, such as
abound in the side streets of Mayfair ,
- and only a few steps away from
the Church in which he was married.
- An Old Fashioned
- It is the last place one would
think of looking for an American
- millionaire, and is old fashioned
and has but few modern conveniences.
- Here he established his legal
residence on Wednesday April 8. This
- step was made necessary by the
information conveyed to Mr. Vanderbilt's
- advisers that it would be unwise
for him to have application made to the
- Archbishop of Canterbury for a
special license owing to the primate's
- strong opposition to remarriage
by the Church of divorced persons.
- It was then decided that the best
method of securing a license for a
- church wedding would be to apply
for what is known as a Bishop of
- London's license. Mr. Vanderbilt
therefore went to Tallant's hotel to
- secure the requisite legal
- In the meantime he made several
trips to Paris, and on Tuesday night of
- last week he returned from Paris.
The following morning with his legal
- adviser, Mr. R. Newton Crane, he
appeared before Dr. Tristram,
- Chancellor of the diocese of
London, whose duty it is to hear all
- applications for marriage
licenses of this character and to decide
- whether they shall be granted or
- The license
- Dr. Tristram heard Mr. Cranes
application, studied the documents
- presented, which included the
papers in the divorce suit brought by the
- first Mrs. Vanderbilt, questioned
Mr. Vanderbilt very closely and then
- announced he was convinced there
was no legal or moral ground upon which
- he could refuse to grant the
license applied for.
- Mr. Crane cited a hypothetical
case and stated that should Dr. Tristram
- refuse the license it was in the
applicants power to apply for a writ of
- mandamus and compel its
- Dr. Tristram acknowledged this
and upon being assured that a copy of
- the writ of the New York court
removing the prohibition against Mr.
- Vanderbilt remarrying would be
filed with him when it arrived from
- America, granted the license, all
the conditions of residence and
- character having been
- With the granting of the license
nothing stood in the way of the wedding
- taking place. Yesterday was
selected, but I understand that had the
- secret leaked out, Mr. Vanderbilt
and Mrs. Rutherford were quite
- prepared to change both the day
- Mrs. Rutherfurd's
- It was necessary, to maintain
secrecy, that Mrs. Rutherford should reach
- London without her arrival being
known, if possible. She was constantly
- in company in Paris with Mrs.
Henry White and Miss White, and in order
- that her departure might escape
notice Mrs. Rutherford, when she left
- Paris on Friday morning, was
accompanied, Mrs. White and her daughter
- remaining in Paris with Mrs.
Rutherford two little daughters. So far was
- this scheme adhered to that Mrs.
Rutherford did not travel with the Duke
- and Dutchess of Marlborough, who
crossed from Paris the same day. She
- took another train, which arrived
earlier and did not alite at either of
- the west and stations, where she
might have been expected, but left the
- train before it reached the
terminus. So determined was she to escape
- observation that Mr. Henry White,
who went to meet her, missed her. Once
- at Mr. Whites house she remained
indoors until she left for the church
- about half past eight o'clock
- Desirous of escaping
- I was told yesterday that Mr.
Vanderbilt was so desirous of escaping
- recognition that when he drove
from his solicitor's office to Dr.
- Tristram's office in Dean's yard
he ordered the coach man not to go
- through Fleet Street saying "They
know me there" and the carriage made a
- big detour in order to reach
Ludgate Hill without passing through the
- Park row of London.
- There is a very interesting fact
in connection with the issuance of the
- marriage license, which
demonstrates that circumstances favored Mr.
- Vanderbilt keeping secret the
fact that a license had been applied for
- in his name.
- When it was first announced he
was to be married in London, all the
- offices where a license could be
issued were visited and the books which
- are open to public inspection
were searched but no evidence was found of
- his having applied for a
- It now appears that the licenses
granted to divorced persons at the
- office of the Bishop of London's
registry are not entered in the book
- which is open to public
inspection, and for a very peculiar reason.
- There are in the Church of
England some fanatically inclined
- religionists of whom Father Black
is chief, who are only too anxious to
- have an opportunity to
demonstrate against the church marrying divorced
- persons. Upon several occasions
they secured information of licenses
- been granted to divorced persons
from the records at Dr. Tristram's
- Office and made a demonstration
at the Church.