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than twelve different names. She has
victimized 30 public service corpora
tions. Finally, one day, she appeared in
Seattle. She collected $600 from the
Seattle Electric Company in March,
1909. Her chest had been injured by
falling on a suitcase. She spat blood.
Her eye became dilated. Her voice
became husky. There was a quick
settlement and a quick get-away.
I was the attorney for the state in
that trial in Seattle, and I learned
there to share somewhat in the feel
ingpf the spell which this woman
was able to cast over all those with
whom she came in contact
We had tried to prove that she was
a crook. But we were unable to
prove that she had not been injured.
She had witnesses who swore that
she had been.
So she won. She had her $600
and the vindication of the court in
which she had been tried. She was
free to go and she went But the
lure of the game went along with her.
The very train that was carrying
her away gave a sudden lurch. The
familiar suitcase was in the aisle. ,
Perhaps by error, perhaps by force,
she tripped over it when the train
stopped at the little town of Yacolt
The claim agent was properly im
pressed. He was more than glad to
settle. He paid her $1,250 in cash!
And was a much hurt young man
when he reported to the main office
in Portland and was told that he had
This time we captured her. For
Maud Myrtle Johnson, queen of ac
cident fakirs, and sketches of some
of her accident performances.
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