New York Sun, August 5, 1917, Section 2, page 1:
HIS PRISON GROUCH WRECKS OWN HOME
Wife Says Jail Made Collins, Wireless Inventor, a Misanthrope.
Serving a term in the Federal penitentiary for using the mails to defraud, Archie Frederick Collins, inventor of the Collins wireless telephone and chief promoter of the Collins Wireless Telephone Company and the Continental Wireless Telephone and Telegraph Company, has come back to freedom, according to his wife, with his disposition ruined. His wife, Mrs. Evelyn B. Collins, formerly of 549 Riverside Drive, says that she can no longer live with him and yesterday there was filed in the County Clerk's office a suit for separation.
Collins returned a thorough, blood cold misanthrope, she alleges, soured against the world, soured even against his benefactors, and soured against her. He has often since coming home made long harangues and tirades of invectives against the world in general and the United States Government in particular, she asserts, and has become inhuman and cruel to her in various ways. Among his acts of cruelty listed, in Mrs. Collins's affidavit, is one in which he took a volume on "The Life of Alexander H. Stevens," who was a relative of hers, and tore many pages out of it, scattering them, in his wrath, to the four winds.
After Collins's release, Mrs. Collins says, the family, including herself, husband and grown son, Virgil, lived in Congers, N. Y. In a suit brought by Collins and his son against Mrs. Collins it is alleged that she holds the Congers house in trust for them. She denies this and asserts that the house is her own property.
Collins, Charles L. Vaughn and Cameron Spear were found guilty of using the malls to defraud January 10, 1913. Spear was alleged to have originated "sucker lists" in the promotion of the Collins enterprise.