The Eva Hamilton Scandal — Part Eight


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The Evening World/27 September 1889


Showing the Wound Made by Eva Hamilton’s Knife
And the Whiskey Bottle Which Ray Hamilton’s Wife Drank From.

Nurse Mary Donnelly, who was so nearly carved to death by Mrs. Eva Hamilton at Atlantic City last month, has joined the noble army of freaks.

A museum on the Bowery has allured her, she alleges, for two weeks’ engagement at a salary of $150 a week, with the privilege of a renewal, and she will begin to hold “daily receptions in Curio Hall,” from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Monday next.

She arrived in town from Atlantic City this morning in company with Manager Hoffman, of the Globe Dime Museum, who has been hard at work for two weeks past trying to induce her to accept his offers for her services.

At first she would have nothing to do with the proposition, but finally she yielded to the persuasion of Mrs. Rupp and her sister, and accepted the engagement which she is now confident opens for her a brilliant career upon the stage.

Nobody would have suspected the short, stout, middle-aged woman, plainly dressed in black, who was wandering around the museum this afternoon, as the woman who had played so prominent a part in the Hamilton scandal.

She talked freely with the reporter of the evening world and seemed to be quite elated at the prospect before her. ‘‘

At her daily receptions she will sit between Dolly Lyons, the Circassian girl, and Maida Kennedy the albino, and will be ready to answer any questions in regard to the domestic affairs of the Hamilton family that may be put to her.

She told the reporter all she knew, and even went so far as to show him the wound in her side made by Mrs. Hamilton’s hunting-knife.

It was originally purchased, she said, by Mr. Hamilton from a Norwegian sailor whom he met on his travels. Mrs. Hamilton had always taken a great fancy to it.

The management of the Museum has also secured the whiskey bottle from which Mrs. Hamilton imbibed so freely on the morning of the tragedy, and it will form a part of the exhibit.

The telegram sent from Atlantic City by Manager Hoffman announcing the engagement of Nurse Donnelly, together with her picture, is pasted up in front of the Museum, and is stared at by crowds.

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