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Disappearance of Ruth Cruger Is
the latest to attract wide attention.
While the city was wondering over
the Cruger case, a remarkable dem
onstration occurred of the fact that
women may be forcibly abducted in
this town in the midst of crowds and
nobody will lend a helping iand.
This was the "arrest" in a subway
station of Mrs. L. T. Smith, wife of
a hotel man, by a man who styled
himself a detective and insisted that
Mrs. Smith was Dorothy Arnold. He
dragged her four blocks to a police
station, where Mrs. Smith was re
leased and the "detective" was sent
to an asylum for observation as to
An apathetic crowd watched Mrs.
Smith being dragged away; had she
been dragged to some other place
than a police station the man who
seized her evidently would have suc
ceeded in his purpose.
Dorothy Arnold disappeared in
1910 and has since been "identified"
several times, while search has been
made in various placss for her body.
The mystery of her disappearance is
as deep as ever.
One of the most famous cases was
that of Jessie McCann. Her body
was found off Coney Island months
after she went away.. No explana
tion of her disappearance or her
whereabouts in the meantime ever
has been found.
Other girls who never have been
traced are Florence Whittier -and
Fate of the girls who are traced
gives a hint of those who never ap
pear again. There were Anna Au
muller, murdered by the ex-priest,
Hans Schmidt; Marian Odell, abduct
ed by a lover who was arrested; Alma
Myers, who merely left town discour
aged after failing to find work and
was found in Port Jervis.
White slavery was the fate of Hel
en Kelves and Caroline Kaufman, as
their testimony revealed; and this
evil Is believed tro lie back of a good
share of the disappearances. In 1916
the district attorney's office success
fully prosecuted five white slavers.
Systematic search of the "port of
missing maidens"" the cabaret belt
of the Great White Way is to be
made in the spring, to aid in solving
the mysteries" which time has failed
WIFE AT SIDE WHEN WILSON
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Mrs. Wilson will be the first wom
an in the history of the United States
to stand beside the president when
he repeats his oath March 5.
Until then the most imposing part
ever taken by woman in inaugura
tion ceremonies was that of Mrs.
Taf t, eight years ago, when she rode
down Pennsylvania av. with her hus
band. She went as far as the senate,
where the ceremonies were held,
but did not accompany him to the
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