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An Adless Newspaper, Daily Except Sunday
VOL.4, NO. 193 Chicago, Thursday, May 13, 1915
LOVE SLAVERY CHARGE
MADE BY WIDOW
Girl Says She Was Chained To Bed by Powerful
Rancher Accuses Man of Beating Her and Hold
ing Her in Bonds for Six Months.
F Los Angeles, May 13. Grim as a
chapter from the dark ages is the
story of imprisonment carried before
the courts here by Mrs. Rosie Whit
lock, 21-year-old "love slave" recent
ly rescued from a lonely ranch house
where she claims to "have been
chained in the bedroom of P. M.
Meeks, a farmer, during months of
The plight of Mrs. Whitlock, as
charged in her complaint of false im
prisonment against him, was revealed
through a hastily scribbled note she
persuaded the little son of her cap
tor to carry to his cousin, Mrs. P. M.
, At the time of lier rescue she had
been fastened to the bed in Meeks'
home with a chain for weeks, attired
only in a thin wrapper, and at night
was handcuffed to him, i3 her charge.
Several attempts to escape, she
declares, were frustrated, followed by
terrific beatings, until her spirit was
completely broken and she became
too weak to combat Meeks further.
Meeks was bound over to the su
perior court to answer the sensation
al charges of Mrs. Whitlock.
"I first met Meeks," said Mrs.
Whitlock in an interview, "a year
ago, while I was working at Coulston
and living with his cousin, Mrs. F. M.
Bandy. I had been married to Mr.
Whitlock at 15 and widowed at 20,
and had to take care of my little girl,
"The day after I met him he asked
me to go out with him. I refused.
He was a powerful man and I admired
his strength, but there was something
in his eyes that I did not like.
"He told Mrs. Bandy that he liked
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