Nesta Nielson NY Daily june 23 1906
GRAVE CHARGES MADE BY MOTHER SAYS DAUGHTER ABUSED HER IN SHAMEFUL MANNER Using Drugs, Assaulting and Robbing Her, Among the Accusations Actress-Daughter Actress-Daughter Actress-Daughter Actress-Daughter Denies All New York, June 22. Mrs. Flonelle Axteli. who, as Miss Nesta Neilson, was famous as an actress, and was a member of Lawrence Barrett's company company when that player died, has been made defendant in'a suit instituted by her mother, Mrs. Anna D. Presby, of Stamford, Conn., who charges that Mrs. Axteli and her husbanu not only abducted her from Wilton, near South Norwalk, Conn., brought her to this city and kept her drugged for three months, but in order to obtain $2,000 worth of diamonds and $12,000 worth of property, had dogs guard her. The mother, who is 63 years of age, Utfso accuses the one-time one-time one-time stage fa vorite of stabbing her with a fork, thereby causing blood poisoning. The ,case will be heard in September m the superior court of Bridgeport. Mrs. Axteli and her husband, James E., are asked to pay $15,000 damages. In the papers It la alleged that Mr. and Mrs. Axteli caused Mrs. Presby to become Intoxicated in her home. Broad and Bedford streets, Stamford, and that while in such condition she was brought to the Axtells" apartments at 300 West Fifty-fourth Fifty-fourth Fifty-fourth street, this city. The aged woman says that opiates were administered, and that she was transferred to Wilton and kept a pris oner, dogs guarding her. She also says that when her daughter beat her and tabbed her with a fork the couple refused to obtain medical attendance for her. On June 4, the- the- papers say, she escaped from Wilton when the effect effect of the drugs had been fought off by her. Through cruel treatment and the administration administration of drugs, Mrs. Presby saS, she was defrauded of the jewels and property. A correspondent at Wilton last night talked with the Axtells. Mrs. Axteli. wno is called a "dope fiend" by her mother, had returned from a drive with ruddy cheeks and bright, clear eyes. "I am not guilty of any of these charges,", she said. "My sister, Mrs. Alice Stetson Gomers, who Is an unscrupulous unscrupulous woman, has fomented this trouble. "When my father died my mother turned over the estate to my husband, telling him to buy a farm. She stipu lated tnat we keep her. Her story about drugging and rob bery Is a foolish fit. I can trace my sisters nana through it all. My mother came to Wilton of her own volition. No door was ever locked upon ner. ro dogs guarded her. and no Jewelry or property was taken from her. "When she left here she said she was going to Boston, and we gave her Joo in addition to $100 she had. "It Is untrue that I ever treated my mother badly. My sister Is taking advantage or her .advanced age and enfeebled mentally to do myself and Mr. Axten harm. "We shall have witnesses to show that my mother had the utmost free dom and every care while here. T3r. Allle, of Wilton, called at the house during her stay, and she was cheerful and happy." Mrs. Axteli formerly was the wife of Ernest Mason, the millionaire head or tne Mason Springfield Car works. Her last notable engagement was with twrence Hanley, when she toured the south. Perhaps her most distinctive triumph was In London, when Miss Broughton. the English actress, became in, and the American girl shone in her place as Virginia Squeeze in "The Swiss Express."