Axtell lawsuit 1906
-t -rut Here Last Winter. Marry strange things that happened toward the end of last Winter tn the ground-floor ground-floor ground-floor flat of the apartment bouse at BOS West Fifty-fourth Fifty-fourth Fifty-fourth Street, were recalled last night by tbe other tenants. when' the news came here that Mrs. An nle D. Presby, an aged woman of Stamford,' Stamford,' Conn., had brought suit against her daughter, Flonelle Axtell, and her son-in-law, son-in-law, son-in-law, son-in-law, son-in-law, James E. Axtell. to recover diamonds' diamonds' worth 12,000 and other property worth $12,000. whlcb ehe allegea the Ax tells took from her while she waa drugged or tn a stupor of intoxication. ' The Axtells lived In the ground-floor ground-floor ground-floor flat, ' and were visited by Mrs. Presby last Winter. -Mrs. -Mrs. Axtell was considered by the janitresa and the other occupants of tbe house to be a very kind-hearted kind-hearted kind-hearted woman: The coming of the mother soon Interested the Axtells' neighbors. Mrs. Presby. who was wealthy, said that she had S400 In cash when she came to the fiat of her daughter and son-in-law. son-in-law. son-in-law. son-in-law. son-in-law. For a while she bought many things at tne stores, the purchases passing through the handa of the janitresa. a portly and ten der-hearted der-hearted der-hearted German woman. Then she ceased to go out, and one day she told the Janitresa that in some way her money had disappeared, and the things she had bought bad cost her but a small part ot the sum she had brought with her. . A rear room In the Axtell flat then became became conspicuous because of the fact that Its shutters were kept fastened and no one was allowed to enter It. The Axtells Axtells left the flat, but the old woman did not go with them. A. negro woman re malned to look after four or five bulldogs the couple owned and kege. in their apart mentr and as many Angora cats which were kept tn the cellar. While the daughter and son-in-law son-in-law son-in-law son-in-law son-in-law were away a woman called and tried to get Into the flat. She said that she was tne eldest iaaghter of Mrs. Presby. that, her mother, was 111. and that she wanted to see her. As she stood at the door ot the apartment, one of tbe tenants says., a lawyer, who has an office nearby, entered the hall and told her that she could not go In and that she was not a daughter ef Mrs. Presby. The conversation that ensued was heard by' a woman tenant Stho-was Stho-was Stho-was on the stairway above at the time. -I -I tell vou I am her first born.' the dauarhter below cried to the lawyer, ac cording to this tenant.. " 1 must go to ray mother. She is calling for me now. The tenant aald last nlaht that from the dark room bi the rear ot tne building she could bear tne old woman caiung to nn daughter. .The daughter was not admitted. admitted. - Meanwhile the negro woman fed and watered the bulldogs in -the -the apartment and the cats in the basement. Tbe nights were so cold In this room below tbe street that the kind-hearted kind-hearted kind-hearted janitresa took one of the cats and her four kittens and smuggled them to a warm corner of he. own rooms, . . 1 ! - Toward the end of the Winter the Axtells Axtells sent tbelr dogs and cats away and prepared to leave the city. Their flat was to be kept for them, and arrangement was made with a friend around In Fifty-eig-hth Fifty-eig-hth Fifty-eig-hth Fifty-eig-hth Fifty-eig-hth Street t drop in every day and see that their possessions were all right. , An automobile was driven up to the door and Mr. and Mrs. Axtell. according to a tenant who saw the proceedings, half lifted and half dragged the old mother from the flat to the machine and put- put- het lnlThe old lady seemed drugged." said the tenant. " I haven't seen or beard of them since until to-day, to-day, to-day, when I heard of tfcTheUniws of the suit came from Nor-walk. Nor-walk. Nor-walk. Conn,, near which place the old lady had a Summer home on Comstook Ridge, now m the porseaslon of the Axtells. Axtells. The tranafer of this property was brought about in -this -this city, it is said, while the mother was fn the dark room of the Fifty-fourth Fifty-fourth Fifty-fourth Street flat. It ts a handsome estate, the house being on a hill giving a splendid view of a beautiful CMrsTJpresby. in her suit filed yesterday, alleges that the Axtells kept her Intoxicated Intoxicated Or gave her drugs for three months, during which time theyfcot from her her Jewels, worth 2.onO; d cash deposit In the Stamford Trust Company amounting to SO, WO. deposits In tbe Citizens' Savings Savings Bank of the same town amounting to 11.WM. furniture and effects from her home worth $3,000, eight Iota In Pennsylvania Pennsylvania valued at 15.500. and a mortgage MrsPresby chargee In her suit that her daughter not only kept her a prisoner prisoner but also, cursed and beat her, one time using a fork In an assault, and that she was. locked in the earn e room with a pair of virfous bulldogs. When she got away from New York she went to the home of another daughter in Norwalk.