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Huntsville Independent (AL)
Huntsville Independent (AL)
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Description: The Abduction of a Woman - Mrs. Martin

Date: October 21 1886

Newspaper published in: Huntsville, AL

Source: Madison County, AL Library

Page/Column: Page 4, Column 1

THE ABDUCTION OF A WOMAN.—Mrs. Fannie Martin, of Maple Leaf, Michigan, who was abducted by masked men while riding with her husband in a buggy on Sunday night, returned home on Tuesday night in company with J. D. Robb, a farmer living twenty miles away. The farmer said she came to his house on Monday night very much exhausted, with her dress torn and her hands bleeding. She says that after being abducted she was put into a buggy between two men who treated her with the greatest respect. She enquired where they were taking her, but was told to wait and see. The men stopped about 8 o’clock as near as she can judge, at a creek to water the horses. One man got out, took a bucket from under the buggy seat, and unhitched the horse, while he went to the creek for water. She then jumped from the buggy, and, with a fever born of desperation, dashed away over a field and into an adjoining woods. She heard the men following her and ran on, fear giving her wings. Finally exhausted she sank to the ground, expecting the men would come up and retake her, but they failed to do so, as she had outrun them. When she realized that she had succeeded in escaping, she fainted, and when she regained consciousness resumed her wanderings. She finally gave up hope and lay down and was only awakened by the sun shining in her face, it was then, so near as can be fixed, afternoon. She walked on and on, fearing to speak to people she met, but on finding darkness again setting in ventured to call at a farm house, which proved to be the house of Farmer Robb.

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