fainted on the street

"Sample of the Civilization of the Nineteenth Century. Brutality of Public Servants. 'The Examiner's' Annie Laurie in the Receiving Hospital."
Annie Laurie
Annie Laurie, aka Winifred Sweet, later Winifred Black, (and later Winifred Black Bonfils), feigned illness on a street and was taken to the San Francisco Receiving Hospital, where she was ill-treated. The story launched a long illustrious career.
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