Rama spent her childhood visiting Hindu shrines. She wanted a home. But no. The family wandered until death left Rama alone.
Twenty years old, erudite and womanly, Rama arrived in Calcutta. She met her husband and was content until death again destroyed her life.
A single parent, Rama crossed the water to England and the United States, educated herself, and returned to India a Christian. Ready to open a school for child widows, Rama faced prejudice. Could she be trusted?
At every point, Rama pushed against a labyrinth of isolating false starts. Engulfed by controversy, without resources, and determined to fight death, Rama built a home for famine victims. Would this be her labyrinth’s center or another dead end?
The case was the biggest scandal ever to hit the pages of Calcutta newspapers. Mary Pigot, well known and respected among Indians and Scottish missionaries, suddenly found herself the object of false accusations.
Was she in the habit of beating the orphans until they bled?
Did she deprive them of adequate clothing for the cold weather?
Was her orphanage really a brothel?
Was she involved in two simultaneous affairs with married men?
Reverend William Hastie said the charges were true. That the unmarried spinster consistently violated every social propriety and he could prove it.
Three novellas stories of graft and corruption in Twentieth Century Seattle.
In 1910, Seattle folks couldn’t decide whether to close down saloons, gambling, and prostitution or let the town run wide open. Newly elected mayor Hiram Gill compromised with a Restricted District under the supervision of his police chief, Charles Wappenstein. When the chief went to trial for graft, he said he was innocent. Gill testified he knew nothing about the chief’s misadventures. Who was honest and who was the liar?
Independent businesswoman Nellie Curtis moved to Seattle in 1931, because the city tolerated discreet vice. In 1942 Nellie opened the LaSalle Hotel, a place friends were “made easily.” Asked why hotel guests left so quickly, Nellie replied, “I never asked any personal questions of the guests.” If you don’t know, you can’t lie.
In 1951 Nelson Durham, son of Seattle’s highest ranking female police officer, sponsored Bunny Scott’s house of prostitution. When his investment became public, Durham said he couldn’t remember anything. Was he telling the truth?