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Description: Swindling a Poor WomanDate: July 19 1888
Newspaper published in: Hartselle, AL
Source: Madison Co., AL Library
Page/Column: Page 2, Column 3
Swindling a Poor Woman
About ten days ago a handsome gypsy woman, calling herself Mrs. Druella, accompanied by a boy and small girl, and by a man who claimed to be her husband but who called himself Joseph Cooper, reached Parkersburgh, W. Va., from near Dayton, O., says the Baltimore AMERICAN. They took extensive apartments at a boarding house. The woman claimed to be able to tell fortunes and was visited by quite a number, among them a widow named Mrs. Urick. The widow had recently been robbed and wanted the gypsy to find the stolen property. She had also been unfortunate in an enterprise at Point Pleasant, and wanted some assistance. She visited the gypsy several times and was finally told by the woman that she would restore her property to her, and give her other desired information, provided she would raise $1,000 and allow her to use it in performing the mysterious ceremony by which she was to obtain the information. She said she wanted the money simply to place on the fortune stone or "platen," as she called it, and would then return it. She also promised the widow to leave the little girl with her as a pledge for the return of the money.
The poor woman scraped together all her money, drew every cent she had in the bank, and, without a penny left she took the $1,000 to the gypsy, accepted the little girl as a pledge for its return, and awaited the result. This was on Friday, and on Saturday she was to return for the money. When she went she found that the party had fled, taking every cent she had in the world with them. The little pledge was left behind. The poor woman has not enough left to buy bread. For some reason she did not inform the police until last night, and there is but little hope of capturing the swindlers or the money, as they had several days the start.