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composed by Dr. Frye especially
for left-handed people, and the
pastor gave out certificates of
membership in his new order.
Rube Marquard was not among
those present. Perhaps the E. O.
of the K. and L. of E. will get him
INFANTS BUT THEY ARE 17
AND 21 YEARS OLD.
San Francisco, May 24. An
"infant" boy, aged 21 years, and
his "infant" sister, aged 17, have
been discovered in the heart of
San Francisco. The boy is James
Crummey, the girl Mary Crum
mey. They lived with their moth
er until she died, two months ago,
and they were discovered by
In the cheerless rooms of the
dingy little house they were con
fined all their lives. Some inex
plicable caprice led the mother to
keep them prisoners. Their father
died when they were infants in
But when discovered they were
no farther along in mentality
than they were during the time
they wore swaddling clothes.
"They are not idiots," says Dr;
C D. McGettigan of the city in
sanity commiss'ion.i "Their brains'
have simply been stifled. They,
will pick up rapidly the impres
sions that develop the mature
mind. I talked with the boy. He
knows almost nothing except to
feed himself and several other ele
mental activities that are the heri
tage of instinct.
"He didn't know the alphabet.
.He had never seen a railway train,
although he had seen a street car
go past the window of his prison.
The "children" were absdlutely
devoid of knowledge of the flow
ers, the trees, the birds, the glory
of being put of doors.
"His and his sisters cases are
of the most remarkable and mys
terious on record of stifled cere
bral development. How the moth
er succeeded in escaping the at
tention I. can't understand.
"The two are past the school
age of average high school pupils,
yet neither knows as much as a
kindergarten tot who builds with
blocks and plies the needles in
making the little rudimentary ar-:
tides in the making of which the
youngsted learns to use his hands
and mind together. A motion pic
ture drama would be meaningless
to them. i
"The hoy has been sent to the
Home for the Feebleminded; the
girl to the Sisters of St. Joseph
Horned There wonders can be
done for them. Their brains are
not defective organically. They
wijl bridge the gap between in
fancy and maturity in a remark
ably brief period, considering
their stifled condition.
"The boy particularly impress
ed me as one who would learn
rapidly. But they will never be f
able to look back upon the child
hood of the normal boy and girl.",
"This hat cost forty bucks?"
says papa with a groan, "A
trimmed hat, did you say? It was
not trimmed alone. Though nice
ly trimmed the hat may be, it is
no better trimmed than me"