Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Countess Szechenyi returns home

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 September 17, 1919

Countess Szechenyi returned to  the United States today after spending five years in Hungary.  She and her four children were among the passengers who traveled from Genoa on the Italian liner Pesaro, reports the New York Times.

The former Gladys Vanderbilt and her children, Cornelius,10; Alice, 8; Claudia, 6 and 10-month old Sylvia, were met at the pier by her brother, Reginald Vanderbilt, her sister, Mrs. Harry Payne Whitney, "who embraced her affectionalty," and Mrs. Spencer Aldrich.

The Countess, who was "dressed in a dark blue tailor made costume with a black hat,"  was delighted to be back in "the land of her birth," but was reluctant to talk about the war.

"I do not wish to speak about what has happened to me during the five years that I have been in Hungary or anything connected with the war.  All I care to say is that I am glad to be back in the United States and to greet my relatives on this side of the Atlantic."

She added that her husband, Count Laszlo, is currently in Lucerne, Switzerland.  After having lunch with her brother, Reginald  Vanderbilt at the Ritz-Carlton, she and her children would be leaving for Newport.

Gladys married the Hungarian count in January 1908.

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