Mr. Florimund L Howe was paid $1,000 to drop any claims against the estate, and disappeared. That cleared the way for an accouting. It was figured that perhaps 1,500 women had deposited money in the bank. Three hundred got their money back. Nine hundred filed claims, but got nothing. Perhaps another two hundred were too destitute or too embarrassed to even file a claim. And Sara Howe, protesting during her trial that, if freed she could easily pay all debts, was sentenced to three years in prison.
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