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THE MYSTERY OF NEW YORK'S MAD -WOMAN WAS -A
STORY OF HUMAN LOVE AND DEVOTION
New York, April 10. The mys
tery of the mad woman of the mu
sic conservatory has been .solved,
and a story that yesterday was
too horrible to print has become
one of those stories of human love
and devotion, and romance that
brighten the- eyes and help to
make lifeworth living.
Monday, Louis C. Parma, fa
mous musician and teacher of
music, pupfrof Liszt, white haired
and dignified, was found lying on
the floor ina room at-his music
conservatory, 181 Lenose
avenue. He was quite,dead.
And in the same -room, trying
to awaken the dead,' mumbling
ununderstandable words, laugh
ing and weeping hysterically, was
found a woman.
No one knew who the woman
was. The servants of the house
told a strange story.
The room in which the dead
body of the old music teacher and
the mad woman were found wa
the one roorrf in the house that
was forbidden them.
The housekeeper, who had
been in Parma's service for ten
years, never had seen the woman ;
never had set foot insjde that
room ; never had heard the music
teacher mention the woman.
' During all those years, the
woman never had been out of the
room. Her meals were taken up
to her Jty the music teacher.
iWhen he left the house, even if
only for a few minutes, he always,
2o,ckdL the, door ofslh-ro.om--oi
mystery, and took the key with
The New York newspapers
gave columns to the story yester
day, and speculated largely on
who the woman might be. Some
said she was the music teacher's
daughter; some his wife; none
guessed the truth.
The woman is Clara Conners,
of Shelbyville, Ind., whose voice
twenty years ago gave promise,
that she would become the most
famous of the world's singers.
Clara Connor's mother died
when she was an infant. Her
father never married again, and
she was brought up by him. He
was a strict Methodist, and whenf
his daughter's voice became the
talk of Shelbyville, and friends
suggested she should become a
singer, he forbade her ever to
mention the subject in his pres
ence. , ' i
She was just a girl, and she ,
obeyed her father, although all
her instincts called to her to go
forth and conquer the world with
And then, when she was nineA
teen -years old, her father died,
andshe was free to follow her
She wound -up -her father's af
fairs, and went-directly to New
York. There she asked for the
name of the best teacher of music
in the metropolis. She was sent
to Louis, C. Parma.
1 The first time, Clara Conners
sang for Parma he was delighted. .
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