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WAITED FIVE YEARS FOR HUSBAND TO REGAIN
MIND: NOW SHE WANTS MARRIAGE BROKEN OFF
New York, Feb. 8. Maud
Hamilton Baker, daughter of
Walter R. Baker, secretary of the
Canadian Pacific railroad and
heiress to his millions, fell in love
with, was courted by and wedded
to a hopeless lunatic.
It was one month after the
wedding before she realized that
the man she loved and the man
she was "wedded to until death
did them part" was a madman.
For five long years after that
she waited, while her own beauty
faded in the hope that her hus
band would recover under treat
ment in an asylum.
Then she gave up, and a few
days ago filed a secret suit for
the annulment of the marriage.
This came out today when the
referee filed his report on the
Mrs. Slocum now is living with
her father in Montreal, a broken
hearted, prematurely aged wo
man, whose face is lined with all
the sorrow of the ages.
Slocum is in Carlos McDon
ald's sanitarium at Central Val
ley. The alienists say there is no
hope that he ever will recover.
The romance and the tragedy
date back to 1907. Slocum at
that time was a salesman for a
big New York corporation, and
his sanity was not then suspected.
In July of that year, Slocum
went to Montreal to sell the Can
adian Pacific a heating and light
ing system for its trains. He
'ealt with Walter Baker, father
marry and whose life he was to
Baker liked Slocum. He in
vited him to his home. He intro
duced him to his daughter.
Slocum began immediately to,
pay marked attention to Miss
Baker. Soon he was in the
midst of a whirlwind courtship.
He swore that he loved Miss
Baker better than life itself.
Miss Baker was only a girl. It
was the first time she ever had
been courted as Slocum courted
her. She fell deeply in love with
him, and readily agreed when
he asked her to set an early date
for the wedding.
The wedding was set for Octo
ber 2, 1907, and Miss Baker's par
ents began preparations for a
wedding that. would be the pre
mier social event of the year in
All the arrangements for the
wedding were on the most mag
nificent scale. Congratulations
poured in on Mis.s Baker. She
was loved by everyone who knew
The night before the wedding
Slocum called on his sweetheart.
He acted strangely. He moved
restlessly about the room. He
started to say things and never
finished them. He forgot things.
Miss Baker did not pay much
attention to her lover's actions.
She put it down to nervousness
over the thought of the ceremony
of the morrow.
The next day, at the wedding,
of the girl he was destined to
Slocttur did not make the re-