By Barry Rubin
Shattered, and expecting not to live very long, Julius fled New York without telling his sister or Sophie. My great-grandfather, Julius's brother-in-law, wrote after Julius finally sent his new address from Asheville, that the family wasn't the least bit mad at him but that Sophie was shocked to hear the news of his departure for an unknown destiatnion only after searching for him at the Strauss store where he'd been employed. Julius was a real gentleman in the best sense of the word and didn't want to cause Sophie harm. But in his view that meant not giving her the choice of marrying a man who had no future, even if she'd wanted to do so. They never spoke again.