Daily News from New York, New York on March 27, 1932 · 12
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Daily News from New York, New York · 12

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Sunday, March 27, 1932
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SUNDAY NEWS, MARCH 27, 1932 11 Y.AMN0L1D? m OMOTE tu. , , 1 1 i- Artitt'm conception of Dorothy Arnold leaving Brentano'e on htfth Ave., together with scenes thawing what MIGHT have happened to her." for the dress. Mrs. Arnold said, "Wait until I change my dress and Til with you." "Oh, never mind," said the 'daughter. "If I find anything I like, I'll telephone you and you can come see it." The girl was wearing a tailored Hue serge dress, a long blue coat, black velvet hat, and carried a black fox muff with white points. She was quite attractive, of medium height, welL rounded, with abundant dark brown hair. Her spirits seemed excellent, the family said later, and she was in perfect health. One hour later she was seen in the Park & Tilford store a$ the cor ner of 5th Ave. and 57th St. She bought a half-pound box of candy and had it charged. (She frequently made her luncheon out of chocolates perhaps that explains why she weighed 140 pounds.) At 1:45 o'clock she came out of Brentano's book store at the corner of 5th Ave. and 27th St. She had under her arm a book she had just bought. The book was "An Engaged Girl's Sketches," and was also charged. As Miss Arnold reached the sidewalk in front of the store she encountered Miss Gladys King, a friend, who was walking north on the Avenue. The Arnold girl called to Miss King and they stood talking for a few moments. "I'm on my way to meet mother for luncheon," said Miss King. "I was to meet her at 1:30 at the Waldorf and I'm fifteen minutes late now. By the way, I received your invitation to Marjorie's party, and I was just going to mail my acceptance. Here's the letter you might as well take it along with you." Dorothy laughed, thrust the letter into her bag, and they parted. And at that spot, so far as any one seem$ to know, Dorothy Arnold vanished. In all the feverish and exhaustive search that fol lowed not one single trace of the young woman was ever found. That night the Arnolds waited dinner for her. When she did not appear, the mother telephoned girl friends, asking each if Dorothy had by any chance visited them and forgotten to call her home. The girls, Elsie Henry and Edith Ashley, reported that they had not seen Dorothy. Later Miss Henry, after a talk over the phone with Miss Ashley, called the Arnold home. "I was wondering if Dorothy got home all right," said Elsie. "Oh, yes, replied Mrs. Arnold. "She's heje now." "Could I talk to her, Mrs. Arnold?" "Why- er - she just finished dinner .and went upstairs to lie down. She has a headache from shopping. But this was just a deception to keep the news from getting around. The night passed. Early the next morning John Arnold, the eldest son, telephoned Lawyer Keith and asked him to drop by on his way downtown. "I haven't got that contract ready yet," said Keith. "It isn't about the contract," said Arnold. "This is something far more serious." Keith arrived. He went to the girl's bedroom but found nothing there to indicate that Dorothy had not planned to return. Her clothing hung in the usual place, her dresser contained numerous letters scattered about. Some of the letters were from Griscom. No Letters From Griscom Ever Made Public. The lawyer, in recounting his visit to the Arnold home that morning, first stated that he noticed a little pile of ashes-burned paper in the fireplace. Later he said he could not remember whether he saw the ashes or whether the Arnolds told him there had been ashes there the previous morning when the maid went in. No letters from Griscom , were ever made public. When it was stated that several of the letters from him bore a foreign postmark the family denied it. Nevertheless, the next day the family got in touch with Lloyd C. Griscom, former Ambassador to Italy, and learned from him that George Griscom, who was a relative of the former envoy, was in Florence. Italy. Keith accordingly cabled George Griscom on Dec. 14 as follows: "Dorothy Arnold missing. Family prostrated. .Cabled Garvarm-con (code name of Keith's firm) if you know anything of her whereabouts." Griscom replied: "Know absolutely nothing. Junior." Later Griscom got' another cable: "Letters received. Dorothy still missing. Cable Henrirusso if you can suggest possible plan or if further developments. Send letter Nov. 26 or anything else. Henrirusso." What this was all about, exactly, never was explained. Lawyer Keith professed to know nothing about this particular message. The police were not notified. For several days the Arnold attorney conducted a personal investigation. He searched the city hospitals, sanitariums and morgues, on the theory that the young woman had Buffered an accident or become a victim of amnesia. Both parents loathed publicity. Francis Arnold was a descendant of the Pilgrim Fathers, and hi wife came from an equally sensitive stock. Instinctively they shrank from anything that might have the appearance of . a publia scandal. When the lawyer's efforts failed. they called in George S. Dougherty, neaa ot the rinkerton Detectiv Agency in New "York. This celebrated organization threw itself into the hunt. Confidential circulars were sent to police departments all over the country, offering a reward of $5,0U0. These circulars brought lot3 of tips from various places, but none of them developed into anything. As the days passed, no trace was found, no word came from the girl, nor any word from her abductors if abducte'. she was. Lawyer Keith wirelessed every vessel that had sailed out of Kevr York harbor (we are reminded of the Starr Faithfull case at this moment) about the time the girl disappeared. All reported that no young woman of Miss Arnold's description was aboard. . (Later, after the case became, public, there were various reports to the. effect that Dorothy had been seen in steamship offices, inquiring about rates to Cuba and other places.) All Efforts Fail To Solve the Riddle. It was not until Jan. 25, 1911, that the public learned about th strange case of Dorothy Arnold. On that night reporters from all the newspapers gathered in Keith's office and heard the news. It was, of course, a sensational story ae sensational, in its way, as the Lindbergh ease. The reporters at once began unearthing all sorts of facts and reports, but all the efforts of the private detectives, the police under William J. Flynn, and the newspapers, came to nothing. The enigma simply could not ba solved. Mrs. Arnold and her son, John, hastened to Italy, on the theory that the girl had joined Griscom there, but Griscom denied all knowledge of Dorothy's whereabouts. The meeting between Griscom and John Arnold developed into a stormy one but nobody was hurt much less accidentally riddled with a shotgun. Junior surrendered several letters lie had received from Dorothy. When young Arnold returned from abroad he stated that his interviews with Griscom had produced nothing of value. Later Griscom himself arrived and hired a detective to aid in the hunt. As a last resort, on March 18, 1911, the police dragged the lakes in Central Park. - Four months of searching, and finally, on April 13, 1911, the Arnold family asked the authorities to discontinue the hunt. They were cen-vinced, they said, that the girl was dead. The reader can imagine how many were the theories advanced to account for her disappearance that she vanished of her own free will;, that she was kidnaped; that she fell into the hands of persons whoj by hypnotism, deprived her of her will and made her forget tha past; that she committed suicide in such a way that her body never was found; that she eloned; that she entered a convent. Etc. Something of a sensation was caused in April. 1921, when Capt. John H. Ayres, head of the Bureau of Missing Persons, stated in an address to the High School of Commerce that the Dorothy Arnold case had been solved and that the family and police had known the solution for a long while. . Lawyer Keith, on learning about the matter, promptly called Ayres to account, whereupon Capt. Ayres declared that he had been misquoted. Still, one wonders ... . Arnold died a year later and Mrs. Arnold died in 1928. Each of their wills contained the same statement about Dorothy ... "I have made no provision in this will for my beloved daughter, H. C. Dorothy Arnold, as I am satisfied that she is not living." , lCjrlht: 13C4: ttt San SjodlUU Co., Xatl

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