No. 562
Crime, Eccentricity, and the Sporting Life in 19th Century America.
June 30, 2022

Peeped at the Bride.

A little incident that marred actor Lawrence Hanley’s wedding night in Terre Haute, Ind.
April 3, 2017
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Peeped at the Bride.

Peeped at the Bride

A little incident that marred actor Lawrence Hanley’s wedding night in Terre Haute, Ind.[more]

Lawrence Hanley, the tragedian, and Miss Edith Lemmert, his leading lady, were married the other night at the Terre Haute, Ind., House, the Rev. F. S. Dunham, pastor of the Episcopal Church of Albion, N. Y. officiating. Clarence H. Taylor, Mr. Hanley's leading man, was groomsman, and Miss Louise Ingersoll, also of the company, attended the bride. After the ceremony, there was a wedding supper served at the hotel.

The bride is the daughter of Paul Lemmert, of Los Angeles, Cal., and was born in Cincinnati. She has been with Mr. Hanley two years playing "Juliet" and other leading parts.

An unpleasant Incident occurred I a few hours after the ceremony. Rooms. 68 and 69 adjoin each other, Mr. and Mrs. Hanley occupied one of theme rooms. and J. E. Kahlo. a drummer for a Chicago millinery house, the other. While Mr. Henley was down stairs in the hotel office Mrs. Hanley got into a bathtub. She was suddenly startled to find that the man who occupied the next room was peeping in on her through a place in the transom which he had scraped the paint. Then he knocked and asked what time it was.

Mrs. Hanley informed her husband of their neighbor’s actions and he demanded admittance to the next room. Not being let in, he broke in the door, and dragging the drummer out of bed by a leg, was proceeding to administer a severe drubbing to him, when the night clerk, hearing the noise, dispatched a. policeman up stairs, who prevented what might have been serious hostilities. Kahlo was on his knees begging for his life when the policeman arrived.

The affair caused much excitement. The policeman took both Mr. Hanley and the drummer to Police Headquarters, Mrs. Hanley accompanying her husband baud. After hearing their statements they were both discharged. The drummer threatened to file an affidavit for assault against Mr. Hanley, but as the feeling was very pronounced against him he did not do so.


Reprinted from National Police Gazette, November 11, 1893.