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"Finally he got some ammonia and
put it under her nose and that
brought her round and she sprang for
him! They overpowered her and
after she had been given three baths
they took her away.
"They said she Ead -been without
any clothes for years and when I first
saw her her skin was almost black.
She had what must have been very
fine hair once, but it was all matted
and I don't think it ha"d been combed
for years. How Mr. Scott, whom we
have all known as Miller, could live
in such a style I don't understand.
He is always so spick and span nat
ty you'd call him, and just as clean.
But he's here yet and last night he
came and asked me if I wouldn't
come in and have tea with him. As
if I could go in that awful place!"
It is a fact that Scott, held in $1,
000 bail for trial on September 25
on the charge of harboring an insane
person, still occupies the den from
which his insane captive has been re
moved. He takes his situation calm
ly and says that he has saved the
state the cost of keeping Katie
Fisher in an asylum.
"I've taken care of her the best I
could. They say she was emaciated
when they took her out, but that
isn't so. I fed her well. She didn't
care to wear clothes, though, in win
ter time, she draped a sheet around
herself. In summer she wore noth
ing at all. The first time I met her
was in 1895 when she was a mere
child. I lived in 36th street then and
she ran up to me in the street. She
was so bright and pretty that I took
a fancy to her and I remember she
asked me to help her select a 29-cent
"I didn't see her again for two or
three years and then she was living
with a man named Miller in the same
rooms from which they took her
away to Bellevue. Miller deserted her
and I helped her out from time to
time and used to call on her. Grad
ually I fell in love with her and went
to live in those rooms. The people
in the house got to calling me 'Mil
ler," but I couldn't help that.
"Katie was queer even when I first
went there, but I have always liked
queer people. Maybe I'm a little bit
"One reason I stopped her going
out was because once when I was
sick I let her out alone and she didn't
come back that night. But the next
night she returned with her clothes
all torn and I had to coax her to come
in the rooms because she said I
wouldn't want her any more. Her
mania was harmless. We were hap
py and I can't see why we couldn't
be let alone."
The only other person who has en
tered the dingy harem in which the
insane woman was immured is Mrs.
Anna Prescott, formerly a janitress
in the building.
"I used to go in and comb out her
long lovely black hair for her," Mrs.
Prescott told me. "But one day she
struck me, all of a sudden, and after
that I was afraid to go back. She
used to sit all day on the old couch
cross-legged just as the police
found her and without a stitch of
"She would stare and stare at a big
clock and I could tell from her face .
that she was counting the time till
Mr. Miller, as we knew him, should
come back. I don't know whether
she could really tell the time or
whether she was like a dog that by
instinct knows to a minute when his
dinner hour has arrived.
"Once when Mr. Miller was a little
late she struck the clock a smashing
blow in the face and cut her hand
dreadfully on the broken glass; poor
soul I hope she finds rest at Belle
vue!" At the hospital it is said the wo
man has been insane for years. Her
mother, Mrs. Phoebe Fisher, of 4
Columbia avenue, Winfield, L. L,
visits her every day, but Kate Fisher
hasn't recognized her!
"Katie has been a little strange
ever since she was 15 years old," said