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LONE DWELLERS IN THE ROOMS OP MYSTERY
Have you ever noticed a house in your neighborhood, a room
of vhich was always darkened, window shades ever pulled down,
apparently deserted? And haven't you wondered: "Why?"
y Have you ever glanced up t a window and caught the fleeting
sight of a face, a man's, a woman's, archild'4, a face you never met
; with a-cotniflg or a-going near that house?
if " Have you ever misseda familiar face, one you saw that day
s and never again? , ' ,
Five years ago the children who played with little Beulah
Bussler of StewirtstbWn, Ea.vmissed her pne morning. Her parents
said that Beulah had gone away. Soon the boys and girls forgot
their little playraale. On April 5th last, Bejalah was found in the
attic of her home, half itarved, half clothed, and half insane.
Since that day fiV'e years ago when Beulah was penned up
in the attic by A criiei mother and father, now under arrest, she
ghas seen through the window of her i attic cell, the little girls leave
their doll buggies and 'stroll "by hep-home with young men, who as
Doys used to spin tdps aild play leap frog in the old school house
yard .when Beulah went tp school.
On Lenox avenue iriNew York city, an old mansion sheltered
"another hidden mystery. For nine years Louis G. Parma, a stately
and elderly music teacher, caHie and went. His housekeeper knew
that there was somebody jtfways in the front upstairs room, a room
inttpvhich she was fprtfidden tp, set her foot. The old music teacher,
when, forced to explaifl, said that his sick wife was there and she
liked to be alorie- , t
On April 8th, Parma' Was found dead in that room; in a corner
crouched a woman wht showed every trace of earlier beauty and
refinement, a gibbering idiot, Fot" nine years shehad never been
out of that room.
i Some 30 years ago a ydting than living in a New York town
disappeared. His brother said he Had gone west. Friends,, chums,
neighbors wondered fdf a tithe afrout him, and then- forgot him.
Last-winter the brother,' Vjho hadcontinued. living in the family
homestead, annpifncedtHe death of'the missing man. , '
He hadn't left thejipus.ein allv(hose years. In an upstairs room,
secluded behind fHicKjcilrains, the young man had grown aged.
H.ewatched through indrawn curtains thegiris arid"boys he knew
grow 'into inanhodd' and. Wdtnanlidod, marry, bedbme m parents.
. Nevertlid he speak toa single being excepting alopeshis brother and
the tatter's wife. -
iPhese stories could be multiplied stories of the. eccentricities
and mysteries of solttary.voiceless lives. fc--
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