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Now an Inmate of the Santa Barbara Poorhouse
IDA ADDIS ST0JIKJS. She is Now an Inmate of the Santa Barbara Poorhouse. Broken in Health and Spirits, She In Xow Supported hy I'ubilc Charity A Varied Career to End la Poverty and rain. Several days ago Tub Times published the fact that Yda Addis Storke had applied to the Supervisors of Santa Barbara county to be admitted to the poor-house. This was regarded at the time as merely one of Mrs. Storke's vagattes, but it now appears that she was In earnest In her appeal, as will be seen by the following special dispatch to the San Francisco Examiner from Santa Barbara of date of July b : Weak, broken -spirited and sfck, Vda Addis Storke has gone to the poorhouse. The vicissitudes of life were never presented in a more striking way than when she applied to tha Supervisors yesterday for county aid. A woman of much delicate sensibilities, who has wielded with success x moMt facile pen, and who has made a sue cess in the journalistic field while she followed that vocation, she must feel the blow keenly. On being Interviewed by an Examiner representative. Mrs. Storke stated that she had been out of employrnenl for so long, being unable to endure the fatigue of men-tal work and her bodily strength being Inadequate for manual labor, that she had no means nor relatives on whom to call for assistance. C. A. Storke, she said, gave her 823 on June 10, 3801, and that was the last money she had received from ber husband. She had been living slnee then on the telndnesn cl fneadsrand , she could bear, to -tax their friendship ho longer. The step she took ye'sterday was not 3 rash one, but was pressed upon her by a pressing need for food, clothes and shelter.: Mrs. Storke is certainly a much debilitated woman; her face is pinched and wan, her step feeble and her eyes bum with an un restful, suffering look that makes one pity her even before he learns her history. Born and raised fn an aristocratic family of one of the Southern States she received a fine education, and chose newspaper work as her profession. She was a sdendld de scriptive writer, and handled the vernacu lar witn ease ana readiness-Mrs. Storke came to California and went into the employ of tbe Argonaut, and after awhile went to Los Angeles, which place she made her headquarters. While there she met a Chicago journalist named Caster-Held, who became quite Intimate with her, and she was eventually made one of the co. respondents in the divorce, suit brought by his wife, which was a cnuse celebre in Chic Aro some Ave years ago. To escape testifying uasierueiasentnerto Mexico, waere se traveled, and about which country she wrote a series of splendid descriptive articles, published in an Eastern magazine. un returning to uon Angejes soe pursued newspaper work and became, after a short acquaintance, engaged, as she claimed, to ex-tiov. Downey. His affection waned and Yda Addis threatened blui with a breach of promise suit. To escape her he fled to the seclusion of his sister's house, frbm which place the indefatigable Vda had bim taken on a writ of habeas corpus, claiming that his sister was keeping hinj away from her loving arms. Tne ex-uovemor unaiiy paia ner foou to release him from her attentions. In the early part of 1800 Yda Addis came to Santa Barbara, being then engaged In writing a hlstorv of the eounty for a Chicago Iirm. Here she met Storke, who formerly represented this county In the Leirii- lature. Storkcwastheplalnt.fi in a very sensa tional divorce suit against his Sormer wife. who soon alter marrica tne co-respondent, S. L. Law. but after he had obtained his divorce Yda's winning Ways and keen per ception lasciniicu nun. After a ah?rt courtship tbey were married and had trouble from the "start. This culminated in a divorce suit befog brought by her. which was tried last Januarv and occupied a week, storke put in a cross-com plaint, alleging that shewas Insane and therefore the marriage was void ad intltn. Much was said pro and con. butJatige Cope refused a divoree to either and the case Is now on appeal to tbe Supreme Court. Mrs. Storke has lately done newspaper work for different journals, but her health has gradually failed her, she baying been for a long time in the county hospital here. It ii believed that her last more tn asking for old by the county will brine her friends to tbe rescue and save a brilliant and talented woman from dylag a pauper' death.