Reaction: Mortimer Thomson's "The Witches of New-York": Arrest of Fortune-Tellers

Reaction: Mortimer Thomson's "The Witches of New-York": Arrest of Fortune-Tellers

by: | publication date: October 23, 1858 | Publication: The New York Tribune | pages: 5

The war upon the class of impostors popularly termed "astrologers" and "fortune-tellers" was begun by Mayor Tiemann a few days ago, in the arrest of the notorious Madame Morrow. Yesterday, the work was followed up by the capture of twelve more of these witching beldames.

This article reports of an undercover sting by the New York City Police against the city's fifty or so astrologists and fortunetellers, whose crimes ranged from extortion to child prostitution. Some of these women were profiled the previous year in the Tribune's "Witches of New-York" series written by humorist Mortimer Thomson under his pseudonym Doesticks.