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- utwis Sfory of Grace Marshall's Long Imprisonment In Her Home on Eastern Shore THF, WASHINGTON TIMES, SUNDAY; NOVEMBER 28, 1915. " (Contlnuoil from Klrst Page.) f thchouse. Had not a doctor told her father twelve years ago she was insane? Why else had they locked her up? Read this true story, that vies with the harrowing fiction of a Poe, apd then determine. FARMER LIVES IN PROSPEROUS DISTRICT. The Marshall farm Is two milts dis tant from Bt. Michael's, a small Eastern Shore, town, wlwse residents. In the Bain, follow fishing and truck growing. and lead an easy-going life, Fourteen allies away Is Kaston, the county scat of Talbot county, which, claims about 8.000 population. Marshall's homo stands well buck from the public highway, a shell road over which automobiles and farmers' wagons pass almost every lipur of the day. A long luno winds through I ho mini in nip uuuinii, ircspurH noutc, boldly nrlnted on v el low cardboard. overtops the swinging gate UWh ono must uniatcn 10 enter the lane. Back of the house Is u river, plainly to be seen from the, rear door. Around Ina fapniaru Aml.,ll. .. .. .tt iin t the farmer's domicile arc flat, wcll-tllled acres; whatever may be Marshall's faults he Is evidently not u sluggard. The premises are neat, and there Is no exterior sign of surh squalor, us Hie lescue party which reclaimed Urate Marshall found. Two other farms arc situated about a mile away on each sldo of tho Mar shall home. The entire country there about Is attractive, even nlrlorpsnllc. Scarcely morn- ihun n mile uumt, Im iim handsome country residence of foimer oiic nenaior Klinnru Uuilsnn, rrum whom Marshall rented, and who praised Marshall as a tenant Of the beauties of nuturc about her Grace Marshall had no view. The sight of the winding river even was denied lltr outlook was through a single win dow, which faced the lane up which ftw persana -.amc. cross n field, now bereft of Its field, she might peep lorougii me suuticr and see a couple f w neat mucks, ana mo woods iiejonu. Sun Never Brightened Her Prison Room The rising sun never brightened tho loom In which tirace Marshall existed. She might see only the sunsct-the end of anothei day of dreariness anil wall ing. When alio leains to talk again she may tell a graphic story of the open ing in the window that fnec.l alwaa the coming of night. When one suffers solitary coiitliicment the little things become events Pris oners have counted over and over again the specks on the walls to keep tho mind occup'ed, they have made a com panion ol a mouse or a cockroach; there Is a story of a man who wept because of the death of a cricket which had brought Into his cell anulher life though the living thing was an Insect. These thoughts tame as the writer aw that the Marshnlls had a few hlckeus and quacking ducks. They pecked about In front of the house as the officers came to take Marshall to Jail. How the capers or these fowls must have fascinated (irace Marshall In the days when her mliid was less a blank and the solitude had not en tirely benumbed her Interest In tho world outside. So much for the setting of this tragedy of the Eastern Shore. It was to the farm of Frank Mar shall that John Hancock, of Winning Ion, Del., canio several weeks ago. Ostensibly he was on a hunting trip. Hancock is tho uncle of (iraro Mar shall, the brother of the mother who died when Grace was a child. Some how he had heard a hazy report that Grace was being 'neglected. Tho child had practically dropped out of his memory, It Is said, until this report. Since the death, of Marshall's Ilrst wife her relatives )avc had little to do with him and Grace was enveloped In the drifting apart process. That la one of the strangest features of this story the fact that even tclii tlves forgot, or took no Interest In tho existence of the girl. Never Heard Name Of Niece Mentioned Anyway, the uncle of Giace Mai -Khali came at last to her prison lie stayed a day and night at the Mar shall farm. Bill not once was the nam" of tin Incarcerated child-woman men tioned During the night John Hancock heard groans In a room near his own. Thty were not tho groans of ono In fitful slumber, but rathei the despair ing outcries of one suffering without hope They distuihed John HancoiU all night. When da light cumc h crept out on the second-story porch of his brothei-ln-law s home, peeped through tho btokrn ehu'tcr of a win dow, and there saw his nb'ce. She wat. upon her bands and knees. ppaiently she was picking up i rumbs on the floor and conveying them Jerkily, like a munkcj, to her mouth, Except for two oiled and lorn uneicrgaiments, sht was with nut clothing. The files burzed about nn emaciated form, but she appear d oblivious to t tii.fr presence, liven thiough the closed hllnds there came . epelllnc odors. John Hancock ate breakfnsl without 'efcrtnee to his almost unbelievable, discovery. On the rldo to Kaston he. . ondercd what to do how to save the girl, und whether the law permitted an Invasion of Marshall's home and Ihe taking fn.ni him of his dssightei. Hancock had a cousin on Ihu limited police force of lViston. H told the otisln, Mchard Thomas, of what ho had sen. Tnen llnncock. having tartcd the work of delivciahoe, went his way and lift Thomas the duty of leportlng the case to the authorities. Thomas remembered the compara tively recent establishment In Talbot county of a branch of the Marvlnnd Children's Aid Socb ty. with Mlsn fin, ma L. Havles, a sncl-il worker of experience and gieal sjmpathy. In chaige Hcie was a chance to render "aid" of most needed kind Mlm Davljs should begin to tell tho story here Said Girl Had Died Years Before "When I started on m Investiga tion." sas Miss Oavles, "I was told by a number of persons at St. Michaels that the object of my search was dead. Dr. Joe Heth, who had iel the broken leg of Grace Marshall ears before, said I was evidently working on an Imaginary case as Marsh-ill's daughter, accoidlng to his recollection, died eight or pine yeais ago." "Nowhere did I find anyone who had knowledge of such a story as had been brought to me. 1 had difficulty In lo cating the Marshall farm, as 1 was In formed there weio sever il families by that name In tho county. I finally located Frank Marshall's home and without revealing my mission asked If the family did not have an Invalid daughter. Mrs. Marshall icplled affirm atively. "I would like to see her; I think I may do her somn good,' I said. " "You cannot be of any help. It's too late for that,' Mrs. Marshall answered. Sho Informed me, however, that Grace Marshall was not wiistlng away. " 'She Is healthy and hearty ; her mind Is Just gone, that's all,' Is the way Mrs. Marshall explained it. .She ulso told mo that Grace never left her room as It was not safe to have her at large. "When I Insisted upon seeing the girl, I was flatly refused hj the stepmother The excuse was that It excited Grace to Fee stranger. Mis M.ushull further more asserted tbut the girl 'hadn't an ache or a pain" and that 'It will be a 4UtiU deal of U cubic for me to show j'r tp you and I am not going to 'do "t went away disappointed, hut do- . -. ,,iitnt tu rescue ijraco eiarsnau. ine refusal of the stepmother to permit me v nco , mm to .truce, sireaaioeiicti my conviction that she was the victim of ivt .., uci irvuiiutni. i 'yu noi kiiuw how to proceed. However, In advance of I the meeting of the grand jury, for which I wnlted. . "Manwhlle I saw John Hancock at Vl'ltn.l,...,.... If. ,l.l I.I- -. I ..iiiiiiiiKiuii, iic iuiii loo nin story, Him I asked him to testify before tho grand ..J, u .vflllll IIC HBIUVU. ' I "Kor some reason tho grand Jury did ..... nt... ,, ID lUt llttVIWItl tO CUIllinClll OM tlm, tlnM, flifil t.u,!ltn l.uo.. I...... " " .KIM..W II-,.! Irtlll achieved An obstacle In qiy vvny was mo divergence of opinion as to whether the law could Interfere. Thcro are laws to prohibit the cruel treatment of anl- 1 mala, but It seemed more difficult to get nt nninuli u.Iia inl.l,.., h ..Lit... .-....... ...tw i.i.c.fc.vub u CIIHU.' 'J'ho uiiceitalnty about inetuod of Pro cedure cost time-that accounts for the delay In making the rescue of Grace. I had to work secretly, tor fear the story might become neighborhood goa- , -- .. ...... .... .,..,, ,v, ul)u ,ua WHO, I theieby frustrating our plans. "Uventually I enlisted the aid of At . tornev Fletcher Clarke ntwi ....i .... a writ of habeas corpus. I went to the Marshall home again, and on my last visit I had a writ to Insure mv en trance. "When Deputy sheriff Gannon, Dr. Davldsou. and olau Morsey accom panied me to the farm on l-Ylday of last week we found the door to Grace's ..,..,.. luievu. .,lr .Marsnall had the the'' room " W"1 U,'P flnnl,y ""ncd 'Vt was dark Inside, oo dark that Dr. Davidson and mvself stood on the threshold until our eyes became accua tumed to the change. ,i,'.',l.J'"" w' "J"v lM ,1,p corner a rliketv wooden bedstead Huddled In ts center, almost In tlu shape of a ball, was a human being. Several slats were missing, and the bed withal was a sort of tiimble-do-.n affair. Under neath Grace Marshall was a single mat tress, about hilf-fUIrd with straw. The ri'. W-",la ' ' TK.", V ""Proximately a i"ead " Khrlcr limn the bed- "Th,? ,hcd rlohing consisted of two so-called 'comforts.' badlv soiled. The clrl had on onlv a suit of underwear It too, was well, say soiled. One Old Chair AH the Furniture "In the room, an unprcponcislng elght-hy-ten affair.' was one old chair. That comprised the furniture. "We asked Mrs. Marshall for the girl's clothing. Hhc went into another room and brought an additional suit of underwear. I believe this was elenn. She said thn iHrl "h.,l n il ,.., " ...... " " "" "tnvi cuiwii'B - ' ,,hnve brought ' clothing and vve are going to take her lo t-.aston." I answered. v l.A,M .1 : - -- .... . cm, tu tirens iter .11 c kncw 'nugh- to assist in ,...., i.ik on mini inings. huc merely. nodded when ue aibA.l i.. i t' wanted to go. "" " "" "linr flealt ua nnl.i .1... . . . "" J,lat corpse. , There was no ...1 . !'. '"" neiincr was ihere artll clal light nor the means for mak ing II. "The room had one window. The blinds were clnneH lint !, UI.. 1. or the shutters were so drawn as to admit such light as she had. The odor of her prison place was foul. Wnat else could bo expected? "We clothed Grace and bundled her up In blankets. Then we took her out Into the sunlight and put her In an au tomobile. Hhc said nothing. She has said probably only a dozen words slnco we brought her to Kaston. "That Is about all. except that we hope to rejuvenate the girl both men tally and phsslcally I wish to correct the report that I said I would like to see Frank Marshall hung to a tree. I am not Inciting the lynching spirit. I think those responsible for such cruel ties should be punished by law, but my greatest desire now tu this; "To give to Orace Marshall the hap piness that belongs to her life, light, food, friends; to restore to her the en joyment that Is her heritage. I am glad to have been Instrumental In re claiming Grace Marshall and feci tho mission of the Children's Aid Society In this country has not been without re sults." Miss Davles was asked how long she thought Grace Marshall had been a I'l inunt-i Thinks She Was Confined Eleven Years "My opinion Is about eleven vears," she answered. Miss Davles points to the starved con dition of Grace In answer to her parents' claim that she has been fed "three times a day." The ability of Grace to understand what Is said to her and to obey such directions as "wrltn your name," Is cited In refutation of the claim that sho Is "a raving maniac " Seen apart at the ICastnn Jail. Mr. and Mrs. Krank Marshall told confllct lint stories regarding the duration of Grace's Imprisonment and a supposed "love affair." of her earlv life. Hoth denied the Incarceration of the girl on the general theory that "she wasn't safe to be at large." "How long has It been since Oraco was at large?" the father was asked. Marshall peered through the bars of his cell, reflected a moment and said: " 'Ilout 'leven or twelve years, I guess." "And how long has sho been confined In the ono room?" "Two or three years." he replied. Marshall continued: "Sho has occuoted three different rooms Blnce sho went crazy, hut we haven't been able to let her out of the house slnco she was sixteen. I did the best I could for her: I couldn't af ford to put her In a hospital." "Why didn't you give her heat and light?" Marshall was asked. "It wasn't safo for her to have It," he doggedly answered. "Did she cat7" "Did she' She et thrco limes a day, tho same as we had." Marshall said amonoa of this sinte. ment that he didn't know why his daughter had wasted away. It was duo to her "ailment," he suggested. He asserted that "we ain't been able to have her at tho table In four or five vears." He denied flatly that his daughter had ever had a love affair, "either with a youth or an old man. It's nil a He." Mrs. Murshnll, who had not tho ad vantage of hearing her husband make his statement, shortly thereafter aver red that Grace Marshall "had a lovo affair with an old man when sho was about sixteen vears old." "Hut that Isn't the reason wo locked ner up." sue ipncuiy explained. "She went crniy; had funny spells and would break up the dishes and every thing like that. One day I caught her wading up to her shoulders In th" 1 iter "W.in this love affair a tei Ions one?" ' It was so serious the old man wrote her pa asking to many the Ell." an swered the step-mother, who volunteer jRi 4&h 1 1 ' 2b- " l.iaisnVJBJSJSSiaiaBiK-sw flLBBILSJsBflaKv JmfWMS ; HK .ISISISISSSSSISISW HPHs 4F$: vOTsWH V.A -- . Wm-j ijjH KaM fj I fnynfnH ? s)s)s)s)s)s)s)s)s)s)s)s)sm c , t' . V i...H' ,HH IsssssP '-lH At iBBUHV' -' ' .sjsjiisisisisH SSSSSSSB XlP " M .: 4W ' VJH H a T """"i- , tf'Mv ' ABtJsaBBBBBl m W ,v 'i&K s 'vrlVaBBBBBBl fKS9HHHHHKM AjfeT' j- tY'5 visBiHiHBiHiHiHiBiHiHI ) U ML--, iiPHIIaH $ :-ii j-r Jvmmm iflaHl ! " " ' tftMj 1 ''MtJfMfVil.L- i'l VVsBaHPsB Jt--'-'! ' aHKdsVs24nStirl Tu nia n i " . " TOsttlSMjHhMSlMsnSlam- mtH'' -A- . I -- af4jv J ' oro3 tf v 9mY Aiij ja 1 V II Above .MRS. ROSE MARSHALL, Grace's stepmother. Below GREENBERRY. MAR SHALL, Grace's brother. ed that the need suitor died some years ago. Another contradiction of her husband was mado when Mrs. Marshall waj asked If Grace hud been allowed at tho dinner tuble within live ears. "Suic, sho came to the tuble off and on ull the time until incently," she r- tlied. Mrs. Marshall also said she hud een permitted to go ubout thn premises not Infieauinlly, this stati'inent mii flictlng with Marshall's assertion th.it his daughter had been a shut-lit for nearly twclvo yenis, although not ou llned to tho room In which she was found. No ono is able to say definitely, tu the absence of specific admissions h members of the family exactly how long Grace Mm shall has lived In the manner in which she was found. That the years came and went until the famllv giew eaieless of the count and the girl herself crew Indlffrrent to her fate. Is the belief of many In the com munity. The fact retrains that she ceaseel to exist in the pnhlle mind mure thun a decade ago and was re covered ns one dead. This thought causes one to nsk "What of Mra. James, her aunt, to whose home she was taken last weik?" This bi the brief, tragic stntimcnt of Mrs. James: Aunt Thought She Was Being Cared For "Vos, I knew Grace wis 'Ivlng I thought she was getting the rlirht sort of attention from her own father, mid I never Invtstlsntcd 1 was shocked wncn I found out the triilh. I never dreamed such things could be " Tormer State Semtor Dodwon who csn sec the lightning tods on Marshall's rarnihousc from tile uoiton restcenre. i adds another para 'raph In the story of a relchborhood s for. etfu'nes. lie slid know Marjn.il lint an Inval il daughter 1 gucs I went to his farm once or twice a year, lie never men tioned the daughter to me. and I never referred to her. I understood tho girl was a lunatic and I hesitated to icfer to such a p'llnfil sublect. "If I had kno.vn such thl'irs were oc curring on mv land Marshall would not have continued ns my tenant." The community reculls In a vagno sort o i way that Grace Marshall lit ok i her leg manv vears ago. Tho physician who attended her doesn't remember having been called to the Marshall hrmatcad since tint time Nor docs the village, of St Michael" arnetr to have kept track of Gruio Marshall slncr sho broke a limb When the Ilrst Mrs. Marshall died sho left a husband mid four ehll lren. The latter were "distributed around" nmoii lelatlver. as' a native put It. After marrying ugalu tho futher took Grace back home. FSbi. was then eleven year old. was considered a bright child, and her studies loriespouded to what would he the (trill "mile In :i cllv MChnol. Soon afterward, Marshall rlalms, his daughter began to "act slranre.' He cnrrteit tier, lie sas, to Johns Jlopains, Ualtlmoro's famed hospital. "Dr. Thomas Old me she was a rav ing maniac, and nothing could ro done for her " said the father In l.la de fense, "lie suggested that I put her In a home but I couldn't afford It. I brought hr back home." "The doctor didn't tell vou to take n 'raving ui'inlac' ba k home." suggested an Incredulous newspaperman. "I don't remember about that, re flected Marshull "Hut I brought her homo and It hasn't been safe to let her at large since then." The n cords at naltlmore show that Dr. Hairy Thomas, a Johns' 'Hopkins neurologist, observed a defective girl by the name of Grace Marshall about twelve years ago Thcro Is not a coni rletc record, howevei of her alliiicnl, a she was nnf t rested Marshull was .ihked win tii.iuv Till hot count) icsldcutM believed llraie Lto be dead I'll fanner bulled another uau&iucr auuui citini years ago. jivr Above CIJAC'K, in a picture ettpeci Hclow CRACK'S home mar St. .Mi prisoned for )earn. The X-mark confined. I ody was brought from Kent Island, where the child had been since her mother'a death ' Tney linn no iigui to tniriK n whs Graie." said thn father. "I had II put In the p.'pcr that It was my daughter Vliglnla and the funeral wils over Vir ginia Some of the people, looked lit the corpee ... .,..,. -.1. ,l.n I .....-r...alA. Bn,ea .M i'l tllt'l l-e, tie- iiii.i een,,, ....... how went abroad that Grace had illfil ... .. . ,.. .-,. ,.., lll.u ll..wl..d -just lis 1 'I . iciii unit .'iii." i'." and tills Impression in ide II easier to foiget Grace Marshall. Dr Joseph Hoi-, of St Michaels, told i...... ..t.... . . i... i. ...I uii.ii.li.il ill,. Mur- illiri iimiin n ,n... ............ - hlialls in leccnl ycais and nevci know they had i shut-lu daughter at the house. Here again docs Maishull con flict, ni lie sum "We haven't had any doctor In a lone time Wo haven't needed medical attention" Hut all or the lime I irace was mere In dire need of medical aid Stale's Attorney ('buries J nutler will seek to punish both Marshall and Ills wlte The bitter, howevei, must l.n Irlert on I llBI EC of Slinnle !SSIlUtt, a misdemeanor. The i ommon law. which Mariann ras never anrnsiirn bv speclllc statute, forbids prosecution of a wife for a felony committed In the presence of her husband. So, re. curdles" of the culpability of Mrs. Marshall, she cannot be charged with .,-- ..!.-.. ..K'n.A t.llt, I, ItllllM 1llHt lltl- other complication to this baffling story or tne i.Timi ,"""':; , ,, , The writ Issued against Marshall nl ltged assault with Intent to kill. Mr nutler suggests that It may bo pos sible to trv the husband under either the common or statutory law Different Methods For Prosecution ' I'nder the common law proceedings may bo had on the ground that Ma shall failed to provide sustenance and cruelly treated n minor child Sen tence on a conviction thus obtained, Mr. Hutlcr sas, Is discretionary with the couit. The atatutoiy ctftenso of as .,,,,ii tilth Intent to kill carries a pen all or not less than two nor more than ten years' Imprisonment Slate's Attorney llutler Is an aggres sive prosecutor, and is not unmindful ot the feeling against -Marslnl and his wife In Talbot county Tho trl il will be unlquo in the cilmlnil -innnla of Ma rv land. IT. Indeed, It has had a par allel nn where In modern times. The Marshall's, who are possessed of some means, have engnged Seth & Shehan as their attorneys. That the couplo are not poverty stricken was Indicated when the offi cers enmo after Marshall, who was arrested Ilrst. As he was led away Mrs. Hose Marshall, standing half dctlsntly In tho door of tho farm house, shouted after him: "Vou go by the bank and get ssrhe monej. I don't want you locked up ill that Jull. 1 ooni wani any iiaiin cuffs on you." That night Mrs. Marshall was hi ought to Jail, too, and thero they remained until ball was furnished two das afterward. When tho writer talked with Mrs. Marshall lust Wednesday sho glared at the sheriff and said: "This Is ceitalnly rough treatment I'm gelling us good as I hnvo been to Grnce. ' Sheriff Harvey Stevens said nothing. No prisoner ever relished eonllnement, even though it bo trht foi two davs, In comparison with nn offense which had mado a prisoner of another lor more than a decade. So the sheriff only smiled a bit whimsically, somo of us thought. Mrs. Murshnll posed for n photo graph In the Jail anteioom This was with the understanding that "my pic ture will bo printed alongside or l-'runk's In the paper," liven then sho posed reluctantly, with tho reservation that "I don't like all this business.' It Is difficult to deseilhe In words, or lo reveal by photographs, tho Glare Maishall of today When a Mi'org and H.vmpotlictle man reached ilnv n to lift bet 'nun the lllthv ill Jlaildiiled h d ip m which hhc hud died In hei father's home she weigh ed llfty sven pounds She had been e a tins Just enuuch foud, R would iSWXXSE5: t'"' 1 r n"ii i r!"'! t yj H V i r. ' xnA-, A-ro- ally posed for The 'i'imes. chad's, Md., where Rhe was im- shows the room in which she was seem, to retain the sparK of life Her 3slem was then consuming the re maining tow ounces of fatty matter in hei body The doctots say that dea'h by star vatlcti was at best but a few weeks uw ay. She cannot talk In sentences Art the nUhtnmre of snlltar) confinement! passes, she litters a single word now and then. Three days after h"r re moval to llaslon, Mil., she said "Aunt Hene," addietslng an aunt who had not seen her for yeais, but who as sumed that Vho was being ticnted i-jcht " The villagers of Caston spread from house to house the news that "Graco i an say two words" An apple was put before her and she railed It by name A ehulr was point ed to, and she mumbled Vlialr ' Toast was brought and she knew how to ask for It. Flie ate It gieedlly, while a physician watched to prevent overfeeding. One b one the objects with which .1 child Is taught to be fiitrlllut an car ried Into her bedroom. photograph, a letter, n dish, and a spoon were held before her wlde-stretchcd eyes that YOUR, CREDIT IS GQQU I - ' "' " SOLID GOLD BRACELET m:i hut jni.Nr, roi.isinci). km.i.ish ri.MNii, k.mjiuv- in l-Il; ivsllli; CIHCUMFJUtH.X'K 7K, 1NCIIIW. l'HICi:... oil I'AY 60c A WI'.IIK, j, Vv5"i) We carry an extensive and beautiful utock of Silverware, conhintinir of olate wetH. etc., also l.uvnUierea, CameoH, Locketaand Chains, Cigar Cuttem, etc., at apeclal prices and on time I'hnnr M. n", nnd SEABRIDGE JEWELRY CO., OaTta) V sC Isal OUbV X' l3lt X FRANK MARSHALL, Grace's Father. she might regain a lost vocabulary of everyday wen els This process must go on and on, for nobody vet knows how much she e an remember. Klist must he overcomo the toll of the years which Grace Mar shall spent in solitude Then there Is to be the cuie If one were ever need edof the mentnl defects which her fathr snys causd him te lolat thn girl "about twelve years ago." Frank Marshall sas his daughter has not been "at large" withfn these years Her stepmother tells it differ ent slor.v. hut admits that "Grace hasn't carried on a conversation for eight vears' Whether that Is the fault i f the clrl or the result of iountlss days spent alonu In a dark, unclean rooni. may be left lo proof. Grace Marshall's condition today Is evldenllv tho result of the piogresslvo ciuellv of her guardian relatives. When the girl wiib first Imprisoned, for what ever reason. It Is thought she received a fair degree of attention. It Is assumed. In slight extenuation of her father and stepmother's conduct, that as the years passed the care-, of Orace became more and more n burdep. Growing Indif ference to her needs. It Is reasonable to suppose, developed Into cruel neglect. The clrl dropped out of the mind of her neighbors. That such a thing Is possible In comparatively thickly set tled communities seems Incredible. That for more than ten years a girl was held prisoner at her own homo denied conversation, companionship, and medi cal attention and the world was none the wiser seems more Incredible. The Kastern Shore of Maryland is not a primitive section. Perhaps some of the people arc peculiar; probably the Marshalls were Ignorant and suspicious of hospitals snd chnrltablc Institutions; but the community that saw Grace Marshall grow Into near womanhood and then vanish from Its thought can hardlv exDlsIn Itself Hasten Is a progressive tow n and Tal bot county Is not apart from the rest of civilization. Telephone wires are strung over the land plowed by Frank Mar shall. Automobiles pass, and repass along excellent State and county roads; the whistle of trains may be heard In the distance, and the telegraph and the dally malls are at his disposal. Desnlte this there came from the Marshall "farm last week a wasted hu- j man form that might have belonged . to a nolltlrsl prisoner released from an ' underground cell of a country which Hmprlsons and then forgets Its victims. I There can be no exaggeration of Grace Marshall's pitiable condition. Her If you desire lo buy a Xmas present and find thut vim have not the necessary cash, to memhei your credit Is good nt Seahrldge's for any aitlcle. 17-JEWELED I if m:snti:n, Aitrict.irs v- . I iii'i.ii ti.vrn. mux. ELGIN OR WaLTHaM WATCH $12.50 PAY 50c a WEEK Salesman will cull with Complete mM7 " UKOIT Over WW m BUILDING skin has lost Its sensitiveness and 11 tight drawn across a stunted frame., i fly might crawl about her face and. shi would not feel It. When Dr. W. T Hammond cricked her ear lobe to malo a blood test she waa unaware of tbj plerclnr needle. , She stares always away out InU space. For ten minute, counted1" b: Dr. Hammond, .she did not bat the era lids. The left side of her face Is anla hapen, as though she had lain loni upon It. The thumb and the foreflnrer of tin average man will meet around the cal of Grace Marshall's leg-. One leg- oroxen years ago only to neat unpen foctly Is three Inches shorter thsn-thl other. . . She Is as devoid of bosom aa a chlU of ten years. Her shoulder blades atlel nut In their near-nakcdneis like thi whitened bonea of a skeleton of,thi medical museum. Her head la coveret sparsely with black hair which la da void of curs and but half-lenrth. Tht face tapers to almost a sharp point a. the chin. Only her eyes approach natun nlness and they are always staring- at though peering Into the dark that en veloped her by day and by nlcht, yeal nicer year. Dr. Charles F. Davidson, of the rescui party that bade Mrs. nose Marshal unlock the door of Grace's snualld room does not believe the girl Is a mehta, defective, unless she has been Incuts ably nude so by solitude. "I believe we will be able to r store the mentality and the bodil strength of Orace Marshall," he aid "I do not think she la Insane. Shi understand what Is said to her and aw swers my questions with a nod or ehaV of the head. "Grace la very 111, however. Bhe wal almost starved when we found her. ITei teeth are uhderslied for want of oss Her system Is so far Incapable of pen forming adequately the functions of dl geatlon. She Is practically without Ills' sense of feeling; her skin has no seni sltlveness. "Solitary confinement means one o two things the person so ronflned elthst retains all or his faculties and seoi dies, or all of these faculties beeomt benumbed and the victim lives, aran Marshall has lived, but her faculties are benumbed. "The girl, or woman, has a bloo rressure of about' in. It should be mer than ion. rhe coloring matter of th' red corpuscles of the blood Is allghtll more than 0 per cent. Her tempera ture is mi, and It should be Mi. Hei pulse Is compressible; that Is you mj make It d'sappear by pressing upon It " Supervising Task Of Bringing Her Back I'l. Mavldson Is supervulnr the task of bringing back to Gran Marshall -no! only her strength and reason, but th ser.te of speech. She must be taught, e eavs. like n kindergarten pupil, bec-juse her vocabulary has gone. The fact thit the girl was In the fifth grade at eleven years of age. Dr. Davidson assert!", docs not Indicate a defective mind He regards It as entirely possible thai the girl may have suffered from neuras thenia ns sho approached womanhood. 1'roper treatment, and not Imprison ment. Dr. Davidson says, waa needecj in surh a ease. The physician, along with others Interested In the unusual tragedy has not cenflrmed reports that a 'lov's nf'ctr and disobedience was the original came of the girl's confinement. Mr. and Mrs. Marshall deny such a ruport. and Marshall's son. Grccnberry. who lived at the Marshall farm, has no comment" excer to say: . . "Whatever pop saya Is all right. The Marshalls are farmers nf thl average tvpe Of the husband and wife, the latter appears to be the stronger character. Marsnall Is a watery-eyed, seemingly mild-mannered man. hut his first wife's relatives have fe kind words for him. The present Mrs. Mar shall Is. florid-faced and gives the Im pression that she Is strong-willed. If net dntrlncerlng. .. ' ,. "She's tho boss out at Marshall t farm." Is the gossip about Easton since the countryside has begun to talk of nothing else but Oraco Marshall s fate. Wl'h the admission of Marshall and his wife to ball, the trial la scheduled next May. 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