The following article appeared on the front page of the March 5, 1894 issue of the Chicago Daily News;
“IN THE CIRCUS.
Mrs. Boyde Ships Another Woman’s Trunk to Chicago by Mistake.
As a sequel to the arrest of Mrs. Hattie Boyde last night Englewood detectives are now scouring that suburb for her husband, David, who is charged with abandoning his wife and making threats to kill her.
This morning Mrs. Boyde was before Justice Caldwell charged with the larceny of a trunk containing clothing valued at $200, the property of Etta Stewart. The latter was not ready for trial and a continuance was granted until Thursday. After learning Mrs. Boyde’s story the justice allowed her to go on her own recognizance, pending the hearing of the case.
Boyde is a veterinary surgeon and is the owner of a large patent-medicine concern. He started for a tour through the rural districts, giving a free show to advertise his remedies.
Mrs. Etta Stewart traveled with the circus as a cook, to which Mrs. Boyde objected. In October, Mrs. Boyde claims, her husband deserted her and lived with the Stewart woman as his wife.
Mrs. Boyde says she chased the couple to an Illinois town and shipped the circus goods to Grand Crossing. Among them was the Stewart woman’s trunk and thus the trouble arose. She now claims that her husband came to her home last night and assaulted her.”