Did he marry her for her money, or for the Ukulele?

Hawaiian Gazette, 12 September 1911, reports the elopement of Miss Warren Mills (Toots) with Mr James J. C. Haynes, and their marriage — ill advised, according to Miss Mills’ family.

… friends of the family say the [the new] Mrs Haynes will not be allowed to touch a penny of her fortune. Mrs L. T. Garnsey, mother of the bride, and her aunt, Mrs Sarah G. McMillan, are shocked and indignant that there should have been an elopement. They are opposed to Mr. Haynes … and Mrs McMillan asserts that “never, never will there be a reconciliation as long as Toots is living with that man.”

[As for the young couple] “We are as happy as can be, and of course we do not regret what we have done,” and the bride glanced shyly at her husband standing beside her, who was emphatic enough in reply to that glance to please even an American girl.

On the night of the elopement, the door of Toots’ room was heard to open and close, and later, when it was investigated, her ukulele, and little red hat that had been on her bed, were gone.  A sure sign of impending marriage.


Toots’ aunt gave the marriage three months — “Why, Toots spent more every week, yes, double as much, as her husband’s salary amounts to in a month. He cannot support her as she has been in the habit of living all her life”.

As far as I can find, there is no indication in the news — one way or the other — as to the result of this prophecy.

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