The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931), Friday 28 March 1924, page 8

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Hors so mid for many lon^. |»assac;es years, in fact, thai offirial hut an not there vtas little figure ilijs queer knciv Jn furtive The life story or Xottie Cox a (writes London 'Daily Clmjiiicle'' n-presentaiixTp) reads like one of those sombre fragments in which epi*: an Otrorj^ Gissjn? exi*onr*l I lie lonely, of women' the 'odd of the world. first Kettio was Xearly 20 years ago the .ilwiit in no!ii«d v-anderine vjeiaity -!i' in the rtreets the courts, and at the -ity, tli-r^aiml in a S!ir jHrculUr manner. is: sud io have been a native of Chris! chiirrh, Konrtiemouth. oli was and \iousiy a woman of cood family and well who bad In 'conic olucatoil. erne down the world.' lirst r-vorded The fact of her London life is that she was found in wanJcrinp lOO-'i. taken police, iiy the and after up (-ertitiod insane. wards Her hcalUi miisl
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scdl bark at a cost several of pounds postage, bat the printern w-h;W not take so responsibility, the music found burial in the Office. Dead Letter the J^iw Courts IWntly had missed and -ctnc. then a constable found her a id cofbpscd foiuii;i«.n in Long-ianc. Xo -ame r.-Iainos forward, no landlady knew of her, and the coroner himself declared that in 23 years of office he 'had never seen such a skeleton of a woman.''

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lieoame 1oio»\ti to evorylMHly, but from no one wlience s-hp -rame knonr. this allhoiisli Indeed, to day. her was description all circulated over the mrfrojKiiitan police area, not a soul knows whi-re she lived. tell anyone. never She would She went to Mr. A. ,11. H. Short, secrelarjto the l'oor Persons' Dcpartmont, at the Law *V-urts-, many times for help, hut always cave io addresses which to he was send loiters. Jn 101*, when the Poor Persons Kufe of Court commence^], she consulted him about suing the Kensington Guard ians, she London County Council, the Asy lums Board, in the lioyal Commission relation* Lunacy, several doctors and two for 'puttiaK her away,' but her applica tion was refused. Altogether *he made eleven other ap 5-oplications, and some were considered foro tin: records various and masters, .show that she once did get well forward with a casr against the I^ondon i.'ounty Council. Slio was the at always courts, and except for a liltie charily and needle one work no knows how she lived. 1 he reason «o she why was always heavily veiled was that she lived in con Ikstant ttoe would fear that 'put away' It is believed again. that she never sloppi-d under one for this same roof long reason. living, so a Long ago she earned she said, by teaching musi(\and occasion ally she wrote religious music which she would have printed on small cards for
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Once the printers sent a whole batch of these cards to someone in Australia for her. but the mysterious recipient would not accept them, and they were scdl bark at a cost several of pounds
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