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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, September 22, 1914, LAST EDITION, Image 13

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AMAZING CASE OF ONCE BEAUTIFUL KATIE
FISHER, LOVE SLAVE FOR 15 YEARS
BY NIXOLA GREELEY-SMITH
New York, Sept. 22. Babbling in
coherently as she lies on a cot in the
insane ward of Bellevue Hospital,
Katie Fisher, once a beautiful music
hall singer and the toast of the town,
is the central figure in the most sor
did and extraordinary romance that
has ever come to light in New York
city.
For fifteen years this wreck of a
once beautiful woman has been im
mured in two dingy rooms of a cheap
tenement house at No. 409 West 24th
street, the voluntary love slave of
Thomas Scott, a realty broker now 71
years old. During the past 12 years
the woman had left the house only
once and it is said that none of the
other occupants of the house had any
suspicion o"f her existence there.
Every day a little before, noon the
short, portly, smooth-shaven man
who was known in the house as Thos.
"Miller" came out of the door of the
rear west side tenement on the
ground floor and after padlocking it
went on his way to his office in
Brooklyn. Every night .about 8
o'clock he returned, his arms laden
with mysterious packages now
known to be food, which he prepared
for his captive.
A note to the police from a woman
who had formerly lived in the flat
house and who called upon them,
"for God's sake, to effect the release
of a woman held raked and a pris
'oner in a horrible den," brought de
tectives and doctors to the courtyard
upon which the heavily barred shut
ters of the "Miller" flat looks out
Knocking they received no answer
and proceeded to break in the window
through which no ray of sunlight had
penetrated for fifteen years! What
they saw has been described to me by
Mrs. Bridget Lawrence, who occupies
the four rooms on the east side of the
house.
"The room was the foulest place
I have ever looked at," she said.
"When the detectives broke through
those shutters they found over in one
corner on a broken-down bed a wo
man, absolutely naked. She was sit
ting cross-legged like a Turk and she
didn't look up when the men broke in.
If
"I heard one of the doctors say,
'She's drugged or drunk,' and he
went over to her and put his finger
on one of her eyeballs. Still she didn't
seem to know that he was in. the
room,

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