AVENGE A WRONG DONE HIS SISTER
A. MOORE PUMMELED WILLIAM J. RIGG, A TYPEWRITER
SAYS THAT RIGG AND MISS OLENDORFF MADE STRANGE
OFFERS TO HER
Star | May 19, 1898
A. Moore Pummeled William J. Rigg, a Typewriters
Under Pretext of Engaging Her as a Stenographer,
An Insulting Proposition was Made to Miss Mabel
|Mr. Thomas A
Moore of the Aetna Life Insurance Company's local
offices, has saved his sister, Miss Mabel Moore,
an innocent girl of seventeen years from what he
believes was a cruel wrong.
William J. Rigg, an employe
of the Remington Typewriter Company, on Locust
street, whose residence is 4350 Laclede avenue is
the man whom Miss Moore, who is a stenographer by
profession, accused of making an immoral offer to
her, ostensibly for some other person.
Miss Olendorff, a
stenographer in the office of Louis A. Rosen
& Co., manufacturers' agents, at 411 Union
Trust Building, is the woman Miss Moore met. She
saw her in response to an inquiry for a
stenographer, made at a well-known shorthand
college in the city.
The whole story as
told my Mr. Moore and his sister is as follows:
Miss Moore is an orphan and has only one legal
protector in the world, Mr. T.A. Moore. With
tears of degradation over the interviews she had
been subjected to with Rigg and the Olendorf
woman last Thursday afternoon, Miss Moore called
on her brother at his office in the Odd Fellow's
Building and told him of insults offered her.
The same afternoon
Moore began to run down the startling story that
had been told by his sister. It resulted in
interviews between himself, Miss Olendorff and
Rigg, reaching a sensational climax in front of
Wyckoff Seaman and Benedict's office on Locust
street where young Moore thrashed Rigg soundly
before a crowd of nearly 100 people.
BEGS FOR MERCY
|This morning Mr.
Moore says that Rigg called on him at his office
accompanied by one of Moore's life-long friends,
and in his presence begged him to suppress the
story with which his name was connected and which
he understood the newspapers had gotten hold of.
Moore says that Rigg told him that he was a
married man and that the disgrace by the
publication of Miss Moore's charge would result
in disgrace to his wife and children. Mr. Moore
promised out of sympathy for Mr. Rigg's family,
but not out of respect for Mr. Rigg himself to
remain silent and he was only induced to talk
about the affair when he learned that the insults
heaped upon his sister had become gossip. Mr.
Moore then consented to tell the story.
It appears that Miss Moore
answered an inquiry which was made at the
shorthand college where she has been a student.
It requested the applicant to apply at room 411
Union Trust Building between the house of 2 and 3
p.m. Thursday May 12 Miss Moore was punctual in
the appointment. On arriving at the office of
Louis Rosen & Co., which is the room of the
above number, she inquired whether that was the
place the stenographer was wanted.
A young woman, who
was seated at a typewriter, wheeled around
quickly at this, and holding up her finger as a
warning, said in a low voice: "Yes this is
the place, but keep quiet and I will talk to you
in a moment." She got up from her seat
without delay and took Miss Moore outside into
the public hall, where she made a proposal that
was so little understood by Miss Moore (who is
young and unsuspecting) at the time, that it was
not then regarded as anything more than the most
peculiar business offer she had ever heard.
"Yes, Know a
gentleman who wants a good looking
stenographer," said this young woman.
"There was a girl here just before you, but
she was not very good looking and did not suit. I
think you will answer as you are handsome and
seem to be about what is desired. I suppose you
have no objection to becoming private secretary
for a very handsome gentleman, who wants a young
lady he can take out in the evening, for a good
time. You understand what I mean."
"No, I don't
understand," replied Miss Moore. "It
seems to me very strange that a business man
would want to occupy his time in taking a
stenographer to the theater and elsewhere, by
which I suppose you mean a 'good time.'"
"No, you do
not comprehend my meaning. I mean-but there. I
will take you to the gentleman, introduce you and
he can explain himself, but before we go in I
would suggest that you remove your glasses. as
you look younger without them."
|This last advice
was not heeded by Miss Moore, but she accompanied
the young woman into the office of the Traveler's
Protective Association, next door to 111 and
there introduced her to "Mr. Smith."
looked over the young woman approvingly and said
that he presumed she understood what was wanted.
Still more mystified, Miss Moore replied that she
had no idea of what was wanted.
will learn soon enough," said Mr.
Smith." You will answer the requirements, I
am sure. You will not have to work hard and will
act in the capacity of private secretary to a
very handsome friend of mine, who is traveling a
good deal. I don't suppose you have any objection
to leaving town and traveling with him."
don't know about that. I will have to see my
brother," said Miss Moore, who was beginning
to see through the thin veil of propriety used by
this artful couple.
"No, no, for
heaven's sake don't say anything to your family;
don't tell your brother about it. That will be
all right. We can arrange it without anything of
that kind. I shall see the gentleman and you call
here tomorrow about the same hour, when I shall
introduce him to you."
these subtle insults Miss Moore hurried to her
brother's office and informed him of all that had
taken place. Mr. Moore called at 411 Union Trust
and asked for the name of the stenographer there.
He was told by those in the office that her name
was Miss Olendorff.
He waited for the
young woman to come in and then asked if she had
had a conversation with a young woman that
afternoon about securing a position as a
stenographer. She admitted it, and then he
charged her with being unlawfully engaged as an
immoral middle person. He demanded the name of
the man to whom she had introduced his sister,
and when she saw that he was in earnest she told
him that it was William J. Rigg, and that he was
employed at Wycokoff, Seaman & Benedicts's
Remington typewriter people, on Locust street.
She went to the telephone before his eyes and
attempted to harm Rigg of his danger.
|Mr. Moore then
proceeded to the Remington office, inquired for
Mr. J. Rigg, who he claims responded to his
invitation to go out on the sidewalk for a talk.
When they arrived there Moore at once accused
Rigg of making an immoral offer to his sister. he
says that Rigg did not deny the charge, but
explained the he was not responsible for anything
that Miss Olendorff might have said.
"I am the brother of
that young lady whom you insulted this afternoon
and I intend to thrash you right now."
This last remark
accompanied a smashing blow that he sent in upon
Rigg's nose, following it up with a short arm
punch under the ribs.
Rigg broke away
from him, ran back into the typewriter office,
where the door was closed by one of the other
employes. Moore reached through the door and
succeeded in gripping Rigg's coat, but was forced
to let go by a savage lunge of Rigg's foot.
through the door that he would not have any
trouble with Moore because he knew that he was a
pupil of Mike Mooney, and that he would not stand
any show in a fight. Moore left with a a final
threat that he intended to prosecute the case.
scrimmage a large crowd gathered and cheered
Moore, telling him that if anybody interfered
they would help him out, and to go in and finish
the blackguard. Mr. Moore stated to a
"Star" reported that Rigg has been very
much alarmed since the occurrence on Thursday,
and has several times approached him through
others not to prosecute the case.
Mr. Louis Rosen, who was
dragged into the affair by reason of the fact
that miss Olendorff was in his employ, told a
"Star" reporter all he knew of the
matter . "I discharged Miss Olendorff as
soon as I heard of this unpleasant affair,"
he said, "although I was not convinced that
she had committed wrong. She told me that Riggs
had asked her to secure a stenographer for a
business man, who wanted a girl who would not be
averse to going to eaters or out buggy riding
with her employer. Miss Olendorff telephoned to
Miss Moore, and afterwards had an interview with
her. That same day she took Miss Moore up to the
Century building and introduced her to Riggs.
afterwards Miss Moore's brother came to my office
and unbraided Miss Olendorff, making all sorts of
grave charges against her. Miss Olendorff told me
that the next morning Moore came back and
apologized saying he had made a mistake. I
immediately told Miss Olendorff that in view of
the circumstances I could not keep her in my
employ any longer, and she left. I do not know
where she lives. I was of the opinion that she
was a good woman. She secured positions for a
number of stenographers while here, but I did not
think anything strange about that because that is
a custom among stenographers."
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