Contributed by Gigimo
Description: The Meanest Man on Earth.Date: January 16 1882
Newspaper published in: St. Louis, MO
(From the Chicago Times.)
An extraordinary instance of human ingratitude and depravity is reported from the little village of Irondale, a suburb of Chicago. A few days ago Ed. MUELLER was stricken down with the small-pox, and, having no one to administer to his wants was placed in a most pitiable condition. Ralph JOHNSON and his wife, a middle aged lady, assumed the role of the Good Samaritan, and nursed MUELLER until he was approaching convalescence. About 10 o'clock last night MUELLER, who was lying in bed, arose from his couch, requested JOHNSON to lay down, as he (MUELLER) was feeling better, and would like to sit up for a few hours. JOHNSON complied with his request, and soon fell asleep. As soon as MUELLER found out that JOHNSON was sound asleep, he searched his benefactor's pants pockets, and secured his little mite, $17.50. The wretch then visited a room in which Mrs. JOHNSON was sleeping, and, after uttering threats of death if she made an outcry, violated her person. He then made his escape and has since evaded capture. Immediately quitting the place, Mrs. JOHNSON, who had collected her scattered senses, hurried to her husband's bedside and informed him of what had occurred. The poor man was almost frantic. A few of the neighbors were gathered together and instituted a search for the villain, who, if captured, would be dealt with summarily, but no clew was obtained.