Search America's historic newspaper pages from 1789-1922 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. Chronicling America is sponsored jointly by the
National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress. external link Learn more
Image provided by: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library, Urbana, IL
Newspaper Page Text
A RUNAWAY MYSTERY
After a Man Really Goes
"Crazy" Over a Girl.
Dave Barrington sat On a low
bench in the s-uicidal ward of the
.Oldenham asylum. He was tall
and handsome. The records gave
has age as 22, but a sprinkling of
gray that showed through his
dark hair added 10 years to his
appearance. He was gazing fix
edly at the ceiling and running
his long thin fingers through his
slightly curly hair. Suddenly he
jumped to his feet and ran to the
"Margie, Margie, why don't
you come back? Don't you hear
rne, Margie? It is your Dave,"
he wailed piteously.
"Sit down, Barrington," com
manded an attendant, gruffly.
"You have been calling that girl
for two years, and she never
comes, so what's the use of act
ing crazy." "
Dave Barrington and Margie
Gordon had been playmates in
the little village of Sherwood.
.They were graduated on the
same day from the high school.
Dave became a bank clerk and
Margie put her domestic science
into practical application in her
foster parent's home. Every
evening they met, and eventually
their engagement was announc
ed. They were to be married in
.The evening before that happy
day Dave hurried homeward
from the bank. Margie would be
waiting for him on the porch and
wave her handkerchief as soon
as he hove into sight, as she had
been wont to do since .they had
left school. Dave's home was
two doors farther down on the
same street. As he turned the
corner, he took a hasty survey
of the porches on their street, but
no one was in sight. He quick
ened his steps and rushed into
Margie's home without knock
ing. "Hello, squire, where is Mar
gie?" he called to the old gen
tleman, seated in the parlor.
"She is'gone," and the old man
started to cry. He handed Dave
Dave read the note again and
again, but no reason for her flight
was given. He rushed to the rail
way station. Margie, he learned,
had gone to the city on the early
morning train. Dave got a ticket
and left on the next train.
A week later the following ar
ticle appeared in one of the daily
A well dressed man, who says
he is Dave Barrington, and re
fuses to tell where he, lives, was
found wandering aimlessly about
the streets last night. Unable to
give an account of himself, he
was arrested on a vagrancy
"I am searching for Margie,
and I will look the world over
until I find her," was all that he
would tell the police. He was ad
judged insane and committed to
the Oldenhairi asylum.