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GOTHAM SHOCKED BY HAPPIEST WOMAN
POOR, BUT SPURNS $40,000 AS USELESS!
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Mrs. Edith Kitching, who, sur
rounded by the gayety and wealth of
the world's biggest city, refuses $40,
New York, Feb. 26. Little old New
York has had the sensation of the
winter, and it does not concern sin,
sex or society. Miss Edith Kitching
has made all Broadway'take notice
by refusing good money and a wad
of it, at that!
In a little brick house in Greenwich
village lives Miss Kitching, in a hall
bedroom a quaint little figure with
gray, hair, dressed in gray, short, full
gown, with heavy gray stockings and
"I haven't time to talk," she said.
"There are hundreds of letters up
stairs awaiting me, and' I have been
pestered to death by people who won't
believe I have refused the Ripley es-
Utate. Why is it so hard to make peo
ple understand there are still those
who will give up money for principle."
Getting along as well as she can
on $330 a year, Miss Kitching refused
to accept a cent of $40,000 of the es
tate of her uncle, Francis P. Ripley,
who died Nov. 11, 1915. The courts
may decide she is entitled to the en
tire $200,000, but that, too, she
"Do you mean to say you live in
New York on $25 a month?"
"That is all I have," she said sim- t
"And are you happy?"
"Only one thing can make me un-
happy, and that is that I should fall i
"Poverty -what the world calls
poverty poof!" and she blew it away ""
with a French gesture, although she )
Miss Kitching is one of the few per- -fectly
happy women in this big, un
happy city. She is living for an ideal,
and the work-a-day world may chasa