I'm Shirley Griffith. And I'm Ray Freeman with the Special English program, People in America.Every week we tell about a person important in the history of the United States.Today, we tell about a reporter of more than one hundred years ago.The year was eighteen eighty-seven. The place was New York City.A young woman, Elizabeth Cochrane, wanted a job at a large newspaper.The editor agreed, if she would investigate a hospital for people who were mentally sick and then write about it.Elizabeth Cochrane decided to become a patient in the hospital herself.She used the name Nellie Brown so no one would discover her or her purpose.Newspaper officials said they would get her released after a while.To prepare, Nellie put on old clothes and stopped washing. She went to a temporary home for women.She acted as if she had severe mental problems. She cried and screamed and stayed awake all night.