HEIRESS JULY 12 1895 CHICAGO ILLINOIS
THE CITY IN BRIEF. lira. Townsend Penniless While Heiress to Millions. HER STRANGE STORY. New titreat Nomenclature Con-. Con-. Con-. fuses Postal Officials. Mrs. Gorman's Frantic Grief on Viewing Viewing the Corpse of Her Husband. Mrs. Mabel Benson Townsend, who Insists she is the legal heiress to an English estate - worth nearly f2,00.000. complained at the Desplalnes Street Police Station yesterday that some person had rifled her trunks while she wu ill at the County Hospital. Notwithstanding Notwithstanding the fact that the woman claims to be a wealthy heiress, and shows papers from attorneys in London, and from several persons persons In this country, to substantiate her assertion, she Is compelled to work for a living, owing to the obstinacy of an aunt. This relative, Mrs. Townsend says. Is the only barrier in her wsy to her fabulous wealths The aunt Is now over 90 years old. and Mrs. Townsend lives in hopes of scon coming into possession of her rightful be-lfugings. be-lfugings. be-lfugings. Mrs. Townsend's story Is not a uew one t J the Desplalu.es street police. When IS years of age, Mabel Benson Bel-lew Bel-lew Bel-lew married Captain Joshua II. Townsend. of the English army. Her life with hini proved unbearable, as he continually abused ber. and often subjected her to beatings. Bight years ago, while In a rage. Mis. Townsend says, he attempted lo murder her by cutting her throat. For this crime be is now serving a 14-year 14-year 14-year sentence, boon after this assault, Mrs. Townsend came to America to find an uncle, who was living In New York city. She bad considerable money at the time, she says, but, by continued continued traveling throughout the country, searching for her relatives, she soon spent all she had and returned penniless to New York. She a-aled a-aled a-aled to ber aunt for assistance, assistance, but the latter failed to sei A ber money. Her Jewels were sold and considerable considerable of her wearing apparel was ditHjaed of. In order to keep her fruru win:. After having f(-nt f(-nt f(-nt all of the ui ncy Jerivd from the sale uf her belongings, she was compelled compelled to go to scrubbing lu the M-nLaitaa M-nLaitaa M-nLaitaa Hotel. Mrs. Townsend say be was the first person person to dramatize "Eat I.ynn"." She accomplished accomplished this wheu 1S y.jrt til. Since then she ha written i.li- i.li- r of pla). anioug them. " Her Face Was Her Fortune. Fortune. " "la IJordan." "She Wculd Be an Actress." and others. She claims to be heiress to the llranspe'.li Castle and the Durham estates in the Northern (art uf tog-laud. tog-laud. tog-laud. The annual income of the two estates, he says. Is over Ioo.Oihj pound a year. Three weeks ago Mrs. Townsend. while rooming, at No. i"1 South Jeffersm street, became .lesion. lent and attenined lo end her life by cutting ber throat with a rjr. She was taken to the County Hospital ar.d w hile there, she says, her trunks mt broktu open and several valuable tiri-ssv. tiri-ssv. tiri-ssv. wire taken. .