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She lay amid a pile of pillows in
a morris chair in the home of her
aunt, Mrs. M. L. James.
In the dim lamplight, one. could
still discern the traces of her former
I asked her if she was glad to be
free again and under the compas
sionate care of her aunt. She gazed
at me for a moment tried to move
her lips and then slowly nodded
her head. It was all she could do !
Attempts to make her write failed.
Her wasted hands could not hold the
"Had it not been for the curiosity
of a relative of the Marshall family
she might never have been found,"
Misb Davies told me. "This man,
acting bn a rumor, stayed over night
at the Marshall house. In the next
room to his he heard groans during
the .night Next morning he went
out onto the gallery and peered
through a shuttered window. There
on the floor of a darkened room, he
says, he saw the girl, picking some
thing from the bare boards and put
ting it into her mouth. Only for a
moment he watched the form sil
houetted in the half-light of dawn.
Then he left the house and eventual
ly his report reached me.
"After great difficulty I got into
the house and the stepmother un
locked the door of the girl's prison.
There on a broken-down bed she
crouched, like an animal.
"She had no clothing except a suit
"If the room was not actually a
prison cell it looked like one. There
was no carpet on the floor. The only
other furniture besides the bed was
an old chair. On this was a cup and
plate, but no knife, fork or spoon.
The place had adsolutely no toilet
It was a cousin of the girl who
hinted at the love story which may
be at the bottom of this unique tragedy.
Just before she was incarcerated
Grace was seen a great deal with a 1
farmer named , Jasper.Ew,elL He was"
at least 60, and Marshall is .said to
have objected" to his courtship.
Just as the budding fomance was
becoming the talk of the town, Grace
suddenly disappeared. In some un
explained manner the idea that she
was dead spread throughout the set
tlement and finally wasaccepted as
a ful explanation. Jasper "Ewell was
seen near the Marshall home no
more, and five -years ago he died.
IT'S RATHER' UNUSUAL
for a young woman who has listen
ed to the heart-rending tales of do
mestic infelicity as told by no less
than 15,000 disappointed wives to
elope. That's what Elizabeth Mori
arity did. Sh&'s social secretary in
Chicago's famous court of domestic
relations and to show that she still
has faith in Cupid she eloped with
John J. Gardner, a fellow clerk, who
had helped her to mend the broken
A six-footer may be some liar, but
he s seldom told so.