New York, May 11, 1900 – Because she would not marry the man her uncle had selected, Rosina Chieffo, a pretty, fair-haired Italian, lies at the point of death today. There are ugly pistol wounds in her left shoulder and above the heart. Her uncle, Domenico Arena, who shot her twice for her refusal, is a fugitive from justice.
The Chieffos live on the fourth floor of the tenement at 22 Broome Street. There is the father, Filippo, and another daughter, Vincenza. The mother is still in Rome.
Rosina came to this country three weeks ago, and as she is a perfect blonde and pretty beside, soon became a belle and much sought-after prize.
Rosina's uncle, Arena, took his niece's matrimonial prospects in charge, because he has been in this country several years and knew the financial standing of each suitor. He finally fixed upon an elderly man, who offered a liberal sum for the hand of the girl.
"This one you must marry," announced Uncle Domenico, but the girl tossed her head in objection.
In Italy she loved and was loved by Michelo Clemente, nineteen years old, a handsome cornet player. She ha plighted her troth to him, and when he had followed her a week later their love making wa renewed.
The uncle saw this and became angered. "If this Clemente comes around here, " he warned, suggestively touching his stiletto pocket, "there will be trouble." The girl laughed.
Arena came to the Chieffo’s apartment early this morning to find Clemente and some other callers. He ordered the musician out, but the girl bade him to stay. There was a quarrel. The uncle declared the girl should marry the man he had picked out for her or none at all. The girl taunted him.
Maddened by this, Arena pulled a revolver and shot her twice. She fell to the floor screaming. Then he walked out.
The police are not confident of catching him. The physicians at Gouverneur Hospital succeeded in extracting the bullets from her breast later and she improved so much that she was taken home. She may live.
The Evening World, May 11, 1900