Special Cable to THE NEW YORK TIMES.
PARIS, May 15-- James Slevin of New York, President of the Christian and Holy Film Company, who has just come from Rome, made public today his version of an attack alleged to have been made early Thursday morning by George Washington Loppe, a member of the American Ambulance Committee, on his wife and his stepdaughter, Miss Sophia Machain, at their apartment, 103 Rue de la Boëtie. Slevin, who is engaged to Miss Machain, says Loppe made slanderous charges against her, but he asserts that he will marry her on Saturday, as he intended, if her health permits.
According to Slevin's story, Loppe had been acting strangely several days and told him Wednesday night that he must not marry Miss Machain, making charges against both his wife and his stepdaughter. Slevin affected to take no notice of Loppe’s hint, but told his fiancée of his threats and accusations. The four went to the theatre that night, and Loppe, according to Slevin, seemed calmer.
"Soon after midnight,” says Slevin, "I received a telephone call to hurry to Rue de la Boëtie. The women had run wounded into the street after a terrible scene with Loppe, who had been taken to the police station by gendarmes. Both women were suffering from severe scalp wounds and bruises on the head. They stated that Loppe had repeated his allegations about Sophia and then attacked her with the butt of his revolver. Mrs. Loppe intervened, whereupon he hit her also.”
The Commissaire refused to hold Loppe on the women’s charges, and they took refuge with Evaristo Machain, former Minister of Paraguay here.
As neither woman is seriously injured, it appears likely that a reconciliation will take place on condition that Loppe withdraws his accusations, which he is said to be willing to do.
James Slevin is best known in theatrical circles as the official photographer to the Vatican named by Pope Pius X in 1913. Mr. Slevin, who had been a scenario writer, was sent to Rome by the Kinemacolor Company. He took credentials from prominent churchmen in this country. London, and Paris, and through these gained an audience with the Pope. He exhibited nine reels of specially selected pictures, which pleased the Pope, and as a re sult he received permission to make a photographic record of the routine of the Vatican. On the same visit Mr. Slevin was knighted by the Pope.
George Washington Loppe and Mrs. Loppe were in this city in April. While here Mrs. Loppe collected 42,000 pounds of smoking tobacco, 2,500,000 cigarettes and 422 gross of corncob pipes to distrib ute among the British soldiers in the trenches. They sailed on April 1 for Bordeaux on the Rochambeau to rejoin the American Ambulance Corps at Neuilly.
New York (New York) Times, May 16, 1916.