Miscellany: Janitress

"TIME brings all things"

A little grey-haired widow, Mrs. Bessie Ellinger, Janitress of three Manhattan tenements, heard loud cries in one of her hallways, rushed in to find a quivering taxi-driver being beaten by three bandits. Moved by the wretch's groans, she fell upon his attackers from behind. They fled to the empty cab but Bessie Ellinger leaped on the running board. Holding on with her arm through the window of the cab door while the knaves pounded her hand and twisted her fingers to make her let go, she drew a police whistle from...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!