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one over 50; over that-all ofthero
"We were not engaged, and as
for that I'll say quite frankly .that
. I never had any intentions of mar
rying him. Why would I want to
marry an old man? He spent
considerable money on me, as he
spent considerable money on
other women, and he gave -me
many presents, as he gave many
presents to other women. X never
had reason to believe that Daddy
Napping had any great amount of
money, so there you are.
"He was just a -silly old man.
He thought that every r woman
that looked at him was. in love
with him, yours truly included.
"Napping dqesn't want to
prosecute me. AH he wants is
me. He has told me-as much.
..Well, he'll be badly fooled. As
for the money, if he expects to get
that from me, he won'4 get that
either, for I haven't it. He gave
me some money, but very little.
All this is just a scheme to get me
back to him."
A year of courtship on the part
of David Napping, a wealthy re
tired farmer of Farmington, 111.,
culminated recently in the arrest
of Alice J. Brown, a cloak model,
who was to have been his bride,
but whom he now claims wheed
led him out of $17,000.
. Napping has gone back to his
In the complaint she is accused
specifically with swindling him
out of $3,500, ah amount which he
says she promised to invest in a
hotel, but which she is alleged to
have pocketed. He gays Jhat at 1
various times -during his court
ship he, gave her $14,000 besides.
Napping is past 60 years of age.
The woman is 26. She is six feet
tall and weighs 175 pounds.
According to the story told by
Napping to the detectives, he met
her more than a year ago. At
that time, he says, she was separ
ated from her husband, but not
Napping fell in love with her.
He says she secured a divorce and
promised to marry him when the
probationary period should have
expired. In the meantime they
traveled together to several of the
Pacific coast cities.
In Los Angeles, he says, he
bought a home for. her. She
spent" his money lavishly.
From time to time Napping
says he gave her large amounts of
money for different purposes. In
May they returned to San Fran
cisco. Napping stopped at the
Grand hotel. Mrs. Brown stop
ped at the St. Francis.
On June 20, he says, he gave
her the $3,500 which she prom
ised to invest in a hotel. The fol
lowing day she did not keep her
appointment. Napping made in
quiries. He learned that she had
left the city. He began to get
suspicious and a few days later
reported the matter to the police
It was learned that Mrs. Brown
had gone to. Sjeattle. From there
she was traced to several other
cities, and finally to Portland,
where she was arrested. - .
Deaths 'exceeded, births
France last- yjear bv 35.000,
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