CRUELTY TO A CHILD ………. Little Virgie Sampson Removed From Evil Surroundings ….. Was Brought here from Mexico and Lived at the Gem Theater
Virgie Sampson, whose two years and four months of life have not been a path of roses by any means, if stories are true, has at last been put into the worthy hands.The Humane Society yesterday took the proper steps to have the child adopted by Mrs. Charles Clapham*, who lives at 714 East Green Street. The child is of Mexican birth. She was brought to Louisville about two years ago by an actor who gave his name as Sampson. He played an engagement of two weeks at the Buckingham Theater with his wife, who was about seventeen years old. The wife was a delicate little woman, who loved her child dearly. Just before they left Louisville the husband said the child must be left in Louisville, and declared that he did not care what became of it. When his wife expressed a desire to take the child with her, the husband said he would not allow her to be taken along. The child fell into the hands of a Mr. Edwards and afterward into the hands of Mrs. W. A. Cole, who at that time conducted the Gen Theater. The stories of those who worked at the Gem Theater show that the child was very badly treated.They say that Mrs. Cole frequently beat the child with a slipper. William Paris told the agent of the Humane Society that while Mrs. Cole was drinking, he saw her try to smother the child because it would not stop crying. Recently when a license would not be granted to Mrs. Cole to conduct the theater she moved to St. Louis and opened the New Casino Theater. Before she left she gave the child in charge of Mrs. Clapham. During the few months the child has been living with Mrs. Clapham it has grown to love her. A few weeks ago Mrs. Cole wrote to Mrs. Clapham asking her to send the child to St. Louis. Instead of doing this she took the child to the Humane Society and reported the cruelties that had been practiced on it. Miss Wilson, Secretary of the society, began to make investigations. The employees of the theater said they had not reported the case to the Humane Society before because they were afraid of losing their places.