New York Herald, "Morality Out West," November 11, 1860

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"Morality Out West," New York Herald, November 11, 1860, p. 4: 1.
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Don Sailer, Dickinson College
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MORALITY OUT WEST. – The immorality of New York is a favorite theme with country editors. In another week or two the Chicago press will have sufficient to occupy itself with in this way at home. The great divorce case of Burch vs. Burch, which is to be tried within the next fortnight, will, it is said, furnish a richer treat to scandal mongers than any similar issue which has come before our Northern courts. The plaintiff is a banker moving in the best society of Chicago, whilst the defendant, his wife, is niece to one of our railroad magnate and leading politicians of the State of New York. Large sums of money have been spent by both parties in getting up evidence to blacken and destroy each other’s character. Witnesses have been hunted up in all parts of the country; early antecedents have been diligently investigated; and even the surroundings of childhood narrowly inquired into, to strengthen the case on both sides. From all appearances this trial promises to be one of the most remarkable in the catalogue of domestic difficulties which have formed the subject of a legal contest, and will present an edifying insight into the constitution of society out West. The famous case of Carstang vs. Shaw is said to fall far short of it in the interest and piquancy of its revelations, the parties moving in a sphere of society in which social and religious observances are supposed to be strictly adhered to. In presence of the starling [exposures?] the small vices of New York society will, it is said, [illegible] into insignificance, and assume the mild Catholic form of venial sins.

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