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sponses. He had to be prompted
by the best man. After the cere
mony he refused to kiss the bride.
At the wedding dinner the
Archbishop of Rupertsland pro
posed the health of the bride
groom. Slocum sat silently in his
chair, staring vacantly in front of
him. The archbishop was forced
to reply to the toast he himself
But no one thought very much
of these things. Most men are
nervous at their wedding. All of
Slocum's strangeness was put
down to nervousness.
With the good wishes of all
their friends following them, the
young couple set off for Liver
pool for their honeymoon. And
Slocum's insanity became more
He walked the decks constant
ly, with a quick, nervous stride.
He seldom slept. He imagined
that one of his fellow passengers
had accused him of stealing a
watch, and showed a bitter hatred
Mrs. Slocum called in the ship's
doctor to treat her husband. The
doctor loked Slocum over.
"Nervous indigestion," he said.
"He'll be all right soon," and put
Slocum on a diet.
For a time Slocum seemed al
most to have overcome his insan
ity, but on the steamer coming
back from Liverpool he became
worse. For the first time he used
violent language to his wife. He
called her a "traitor," dnd cursed
The steamer reached New
stay there for several days to
make some purchases.
One day they were crossing the
river on a ferry boat. Slocum
bought an evening paper. A lurid
headline across itV face told of the
suicide of a prominent man.
Slocum threw down the paper,
dashed madly to the boat's side
and jumped into the river before
anyone could stop him.
He could not swim, and he
would have died there had not
two deckhands risked their lives
and jumped in after and rescued
Slocum was takfen to Bellevue
Hospital. There he was pro
nounced insane. His bride could
hardly believe it at first. When
she at last realized the tragedy
that had entered her life she had
her husband taken to a sani
tarium at Yonkers for treatment,
and went into deep mourning.
That was five years ago. Dur
ing all those years Mrs. Slocum
patiently waited in the hope that
her husband would recover. Her
father, - her friends, everyone
urged her to have the marriage
annulled. But she would not.
"I still love him," was her only
A few weeks ago, at the re
quest of her father, a number of
expert alienists examined Slocum.
They reported that he never
could regain his mind.
Then, and only then,' could
Mrs. Slocum be induced to sue for
the annulment of her marriage to
the lunatic she had loved and
wedded under the belief that he
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