This tale of scorned women, unfaithful husbands, and bigamy took place in Chicago but was printed in the June 30, 1923 edition of The Bee in Danville, Virginia.

Vamp Day in Relations Court
     CHICAGO. June 30-This was “vamp” day in the court of domestic relations. Nine out of the ten cases disposed of involved “the other woman.”
     When the case of Tates vs. Tates was called, an old man hobbled up on crutches. The woman accompanying him had bobbed white hair and many wrinkles.
     ‘My husband’s been vamped,’ she declared. ‘He was all right until he met this Mabel Beverage. She’s young and has bobbed hair. I bobbed min the hope I could hold him But it didn’t do any good. He visits the attic where this Mabel thing lives.’
     ‘Continued for investigation,’ said the judge.
     Harry Webb was sentenced to sixty days in the House of Correction and his sister-in-law was put on probation for a year because of her habit of leaving her husband, George Webb, and living with his brother.
     When Amelia Taylor shot Benny Taylor, her husband, it was the first intimation that Beatrice Taylor his first wife had that he had committed bigamy. When she charged him with unfaithfulness, he produced two butcher knives and suggested they fight it out. Both wives looked him over in court today and announced they had no further use for him. Taylor was put under probation.
     A wierd tangle of ‘trial marriage,’ in which a salesman offered to give his wife to a physician as a Christmas gift, was revealed in the case of Mrs. Helen Jane Falkner Creviston, 32 and pretty, who swallowed poison and shot herself last night because Dr. A.C. Pusheck refused to desert his wife and two children and marry her. Dr. Pusheck was arrested, but released when the woman said he was not to blame.” 
Some people just have to learn the hard way that cheating isn’t worth it, I guess. In Ancient Poland, cheating husbands were nailed to a bridge in a public area and given the choice of whether to save their lives or castrate themselves.1 Maybe this sort of thing would deter infidelity. Probably not, but it would be amusing. (Thanks to @historyweird and @hitchhikingDNA for initially tipping me off about this custom.)  


1 Bagge, Sverre. Kings Politics and the Right Order of the World in German Historiography: C. 950-1150. Brill: 2002.

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