Clever, charming, and vivacious, the wife of the brilliant journalist and politician was, curiously enough, working as a society reporter in New York at the time "Tay Pay," was carving his way to fame in London. Mrs. O'connor's father was Judge Paschal, a legal authority of great reputation in South America, where Mrs. O'connor was born in the days when the slave trade flourished. It was after her father's death that Betty Paschal, finding herself in straitened circumstances, was obliged to get what work she could. "When I went to New York to live," she says in her reminiscences, " I had only fifty dollars in the world, my little child (Mrs. O'connor has been married twice) being dependent upon me, and I do not suppose any creature on earth was less equipped for a remorseless fight with the world than myself."

However, she did some sterling journalistic work, got to know many influential people, and when she first came to London was introduced to the House of Commons by Colonel Mitchell, the American Vice-consul. There she met for the first time the genial "T. P.", and shortly afterwards their engagement was announced.

Mrs. T. P. O'connor E. Mills appeared on the stage in the United States as an amateur, chiefly in society performances on behalf of charities, for which she was the means of raising over 10,000.

Mrs. T. P. O'connor E. Mills