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Mrs. Lillian Lindley's Shocking
Experience with Millionaire Knowlton's Pet Ape Which Broke Loose, Invaded Her Home, Attacked the Babies at Breakfast and Threw the Bulldog Out the Window //\V7 E vert at break Cast Suddenly VY/ a hairy monster sprang into ?? the room. I was giving the children their oatmeal when the "ntmal entered. He stopped and seemed to sniff the* oatmeal with relish. My babies and I ware paralyzed with (light." With these words Mrs. Lillian 8. Lind ley began the recital to a Jury In Los Angeles of an experience unparalleled in all the records of all the courts in the United States. The similarity of Mrs. Llndley's own frightful ex perience with the hideous events recounted in "The Murders of the Rue Morgue," by Edgar Allen Poe,. ere indeed startling. It was an experience which Mrs. Llndley will never tally recover from, and the Jury promptly awarded her a verdict of damages against the own er of the ape which in truded on her little family circle. Frozen with terror Mrs. Lindley stared at the mon ster, but was instantly aroused to action when the hairy visitor stretched out a long, aggressive arm and jerked her four-year ' old baby girl, Miriam, toward him with a brutal grin. Leaping from her seat at the table the frantic mother went to the rescue of little Miriam, but was shaken off by the ape. At the same moment the family bulldog gripped the bristly ankle of the chim paniee. A huge brown hand descended, seised the dog's ootlar, and "ftth an easy backward gesture threw the growling bull dog oat of the open window. Inspired by mother lore and forgetful of her danger Mrs. Lindley again tackled the brute. Her clenched hands flitted frantically like a bamming bird's before the chimpansee's eyes. She beat at the creatine's hardened chest and strained to loosen his grasp upon poor Miriam. Just what purpose the ape had in mind is not clear, bat his attention was fixed upon the child, and the attack of the little one's mother gave him no concern whatever As the ape's fingers circled the throat of the little one Mrs. Lindley screamed piercingly. He loosened his clasp on Miriam and for the first time took note of the mother. As Miriam dropped to the floor Mrs. Lindley seized the child in her arms and looked toward the nine-year-old son, Mil ton. The ape sensed the meaning of her glance, and seising Milton around the neck threw the boy across the room. Darting to where he lay, Mrs. Lindley lifted him and pushed him into a closet along with baby Miriam In another moment she had herself stepped Inside the closet and locked the door, leaving their uninvited guest alone In the dining room. Before long a shout from neighbors in the front yard told the terrified mother that the chimpanzee had departed. He ted made his way from the Invaded home by sliding from a rear window down an eave spout, after the custom of Poe's mys terious murderer of the Rue Morgue, who avoided paths of mankind and glided in and out of third-story apertures by stealth ily moving, hand over hand, over cornices, drain pipes and shutters. The ape in the modern instance, however, did not depart until he had poured onto the dining room table the hot oatmeal breakfast Mrs. Lindley was preparing to serve her brood when he entered. But he is said to have Intelli gently waited until the gruel was cool and then to have scooped It into his jaws with andlbte smacks of relish. The suits for damages which Mrs. Lind ley, her husband. O. P. Lindley, and her son. Master Milton Lindley, later filed in the County Superior Court named Colonel E. W. Knowlton as the owner of the beast. Knowlton is a millionaire patent medi cine manufacturer and a connoisseur of sorts. At the time Mrs. Llndley's home was Invaded Knowlton was also a col lector of simians. He maintained a pale tial place at No. 3tS Grand avenue, the famous "Millionaires' Bow" of Pasadena. When Knowlton took the witness stand in his own defense and that of his pet's reputation, he testified to the human char acteristics of the beast which Mrs. Lind ley alleged had disturbed the tranquillity at her home. According to Knowlton, the pet tre l?ssfly wore clothes like a ****** muled "Frozen with terror Mrs. Lindley stared at the moqpter, but was stantly aroused to action when the hairy visitor stretched out < loof, agfressnre arm and jerked hef four-year-old baby girl, Miriam, toward him with a brutal grin." a cane, smoked cigarettes, had been a movie actor, and meant no harm to any child, especially to Mrs. Lindley's. At this point the court cnt the million aire's testimony off shortly by ruling that culture was merely superficial and that all monkeys were wild beasts no matter what their training. When Mrs. Lindley appeared on the stand, her appearance corroborated the story of nerrons pho-k given her by (he monkey. Her face was thin sad drawn. Even her hair was cnt short, for she said she could not bear its weight when grown to normal length. A nurse, Mrs. Lillian Mc Eneny, from a local sanitorlum, accompa nied Mrs. Lindley to the courtroom and cared for her during the trial. Dr. Ross Moore, a Los Angeles physician, testified for her. Knowltoa's contention throughout was that Mrs. Lindley had suffered no shat tered nerves and that his chimpanzee meant no harm. A demand of total damages amounting to $56,250 was made in the complaint filed by the Lindleys in the Los Angeles Su perior Court, June 24, 1914. Of this amount Mrs. Lindley demanded $40,000, alleging she was made sick snd hysterical by the behavior of the beast, and the amount was necessary to repay her for her sufferings. The balance of $16,250 was demanded by O. P. Lindley to reimburse him for ex penses of medical treatment for Mrs. Lind ley and his individual loss resulting from her illness. A Jury in Judge Louis W. Myers's court awarded the Lindleys $2,000 damages. May 2*. 1916; $1,750 for Mrs. Lindley and $250 for her husband. Judge Myers denied them a motion for a new trial July 26. 1915. But the Lindleys returned to the attack on November 5, 1917, when their son Mil ton, filed suit in the Los Angeles Superior Court for $15,000. It was claimed in this complaint that Milton constantly dreamed of monkeys and had not slept soundly since the day he was attacked. In the subsequent testi mony it was brought out that Milton made "monkey faces" in school at his classmates since his terrifying experience with the chimpanzee. The cane was heard before Judge Dehl, who, under date of January 22, 1918, rendered a verdict of $1,000 for the boy. In the meantime Knowlton had appealed the former case from Judge Myers's "court to the Supreme Court of California, and on November 19, 1918, Justice H. W. Mel vln In 8an Francisco affirmed the decision of the lower Lot Angeles court which swarded $2,000 damages to Mr. and Mrs. Lindley. Much interesting detail regarding the chimpanzee was brought oat during the" legal episodes. The simian's name was Charles H. Fuller, so christened by Mr. Knowlton in honor of an esteemed friend of his. a Chtcagoan, who bore that name. The animal was the largest in Knowl> ton's collection, which then numbered more than thirty. His weight was 166 pounds and he ? stood slightly more than four feet in height He is said to have been of prodigious strength. "Never again," expressively groaned millionaire Knowlton, accord ing to a newspaper correspondent who interviewed him a few days after ths first adverse legal decision. . "Never again will I monkey with monkeys on my place." The millionaire held up one hand as he declared it, as though he were taking an oath. _ "I am disgusted. A man takes an in terest in something and he tries to ac complish a little^ and other people immediately begin to try to make trouble for him." The millionaire hotly yet mournful ly admitted Charley Puller had become the property of other parties in Mrs. Lillian S. Lindley Who Saved Her Babies from Mr. Knowlton's Chimpanzee. San Francisco for a consideration. The rest of his collection was offered for sale. Fuller, who was a perfect specimen of a chimpanzee, valued at $10,000, first burst into prominence when be arrived in Pasa dena August 1, 1909, direct from Africa to take up his habitat with Knowlton. The "chimp," who at that time had not at tained his full proportions, dame with a chattering contingent of three other monkeys of lesser stature?a mandrill and two ringtails?whom Knowlton promptly presented with the names of three of his intimates?Bessie Bartholomew, E. E. Lee and Mayor Early. The latter was a name sake of the Pasadena mayor at that time. Always Knowlton named his monkeys af ter his closest friends. The surrounding neighborhood first held Fuller in considerable admiration. He was feted royally, given as many cigarettes as (Q UU, Utanattwal r?tw? ferric*, lac. The Ape, "Charles H. Fuller," Fondling a Child. Mr. Knowlton, Owner of "Fuller" Testified at the Trial of the Damage Suit That the Ape Was Educated and Gentle; but the Judge Ruled That j\ll Monkeys Were Irresponsible Wild Beasts and Their Education and Culture Were Entirely Superficial. a returned soldier and treated to delica cies. According to Knowlton, small neigh borhood boyB developed an attachment for the beast which later was to Invade the sanctity of the home In Eagle Rock. These lads communicated to the "chimp" the rules and ethlcB of modem baseball suffi ciently to make a heavy slugger and ex cellent base mnner out of him. The animal was petted by millionaire Groat Britain Bigkte liwnH - Knowlton's wife and young daughter. It acquired the art of needlework and spent many afternoons with the ladies In Knowl ton's sewing room. Then Fuller became interested in what lay beyond the horizon To him the horizon was the wall surrounding the mil lionaire's spacious grounds. * He went on a voyage of discovery Into neighboring yards, and so thoroughly an joyed the expert* esc* be hired tin rest at the Mon key tribe ta Kaowltoa'a pri vate boo aext tine to p> with hta. A3 way* the oage doora wen Ml op a lor tMr em vealeaee, a* Kaovttm mw believed la keep lag theai p|? It was aot long /until the Bight Rev. Joeepb John (OB, Kaovl|oa'a k nearest neighbor, obfected to hav ing monkey faces peerlag into his windows at aO boors the day and light. The presence of the hnge chim Hmee skulking around his g r o a n d 8 also aroused h?s irv? Reginald D. Joh? son, the free' n er's eon, u. plained to tbe c' authorities. a,u' an ordinaire va> passed wfcich e quired monkeys to be caged or chained to barrel organs, .\fter the ordinance tbea existlag in New York City. The ordinance was adopted in tbe Pall of 1911, and Fuller, with his cronies of lesser sise, pined in their cages until the morning he tore the Imprison ing bars away and loped easily over the two miles in errenlng between Knowlton's hone and Eagle Rock. Throughout his excursion that morning he dem onstrated t h e stealthy trickery Poe depicts in V m Rne Morgue mur derer. Tbe chlm panaee held up a startled barber and approrriated the barber'i hat With a m<wlt ej ture of courtesy be glided away, keeping a w^tcb fal glanc r ?r h' ahoalder at the discomfited victim Then he rang ? doorbell and a horrified housewife locked 'him oat. Record time wu reported to have bee* made on his home trip after frightening the Lindley household. He stopped but once, and then It was to enter a residence where an old rentlemaa awoke at hearing a rattle in the cane rack In time to see the Incredible apparition of a slouching chimpanzee exiting with the old gentle man's favorite walking stick!