Contributed by Gigimo
Description: A Lost Love. The Manner in Which Illinois Young Ladies Treat Their Fiances.Date: July 31 1882
Newspaper published in: St. Louis, MO
A singular crime is reported from near Nauvoo, Ill., by Frank LEHMAN, a traveler for the Babbit Soap Company. A school teacher living near Nauvoo, named HICKMAN, fell violently in love with one of his pupils, a girl named Mary JAMIESON. The two were engaged to be married, and as the girl's family was very poor he advanced his sweetheart the money necessary to purchase her bridal outfit. They were to have been married on Tuesday last, but on Sunday night HICKMAN's house was entered by supposed burglars, he himself was severely beaten about the head, his trunk ransacked and over $300 in money stolen from it - all the cash which HICKMAN possessed. The next day the JAMIESON girl was missing, as was a worthless fellow named BURT, and gossip connected the two disappearances at once. On Thursday evening Mary JAMIESON came home and confessed that she had assisted BURT to rob her lover's house and had then fled with him down the river. He treated her so badly, however, that she had made up her mind to leave him and come home. Her family refused to receive her on her return. She had been living with her uncle, and after spending the night with a neighbor she left for Chicago, where she has friends. Mr. HICKMAN not only declined to prosecute his lost sweetheart, but furnished her money wherewith to go to Chicago, as her companion left her entirely destitute. If BURT is caught, however, he will be treated with very little mercy, as the people in the settlement where the crime was committed are very bitter against him.