No. 425
Crime, Eccentricity, and the Sporting Life in 19th Century America.
May 20, 2019

A Pair of Turtle Doves.

J. C. McLean, of Anderson, Ind., discovers that his wife is of a too-loving nature.
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Chapter 2
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In July 1890, a man came into the 126th Street Police Station in Harlem, New York City, to report a conversation he had overheard in an elevated train. A young man and woman sitting near him were talking about the mysterious disappearance of Miss Goodwin from the Storm King flats on East 126th Street. They believed that she had been foully dealt with by “professional malpractioners.” The woman
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Ought to be Ashamed of Herself. | Demi-Monde Excursion.

A Pair of Turtle Doves.

Turtle Doves

J. C. McLean, of Anderson, Ind., discovers that his wife is of a too-loving nature. [more]

A social sensation was recently caused in Anderson, Ind., when Grocer J. C. McLean handed his wife a check for $700, escorted her to the train for Paris, Ill., her former home, and then went back home and filed suit for divorce. McLean had discovered his wife in a loving attitude with James Benson, who lodged at McLean’s. She was sitting on Benson’s lap. McLean said not a word, but at once consulted a lawyer. Mrs. McLean was a leader in society and church affairs, and is a handsome woman. Her husband is broken-hearted over the affair. Benson, the cause of the separation, is a clerk in a shoe store.


Reprinted from National Police Gazette, September 10, 1892.