Enoch Arden Again.

The Courant American Newspaper
Cartersville, Georgia
December 2, 1897 Page 1:
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Enoch Arden Again.

This Time He Claims His Wife and Gets Her.

She Heard He Was Dead,

And Had Married Again—Returns After Six Years—Second Husband Appeals To Court.

Calhoun Times.

We often read of strange things but do not see many of them, but one day last week a case came up before Justice W. D. Fain which surpassed in reality most of the sociological entanglements invented by fictionists. The facts disclosed by the investigation were these: About six years ago a young man named L. N. Newton fell in love with and married a Miss Huskins. They lived in Bartow county and for a short time their married life was as happy as a summer dream.

But after a few months the husband suddenly disappeared. After a year’s waiting, a year full of heartaches and bitterness, the young wife received the sad intelligence that her husband was dead. The cold iron of despair entered her heart. But time is a healer and mender of all things, and the young widow was soon seen in the ranks of the gay and dashing belles and beaux of the neighborhood. Among her many admirers was handsome young Bill Cook. He was touched no less by her sad beauty and her womanly loveliness and he besought her to forget the sorrows of the past and join her fate with his. She consented and the twain, as many other twains have done on previous occasions, were made one.

The old time joys and sorrows were alike tucked away in the meshes of oblivion and again life went as happy as of yore. After a year a baby came to cheer and enliven the home by its melodious voice and the future loomed rich and abundant with roseate promise.


Time, the soother of sorrows and the healer of broken hearts, is also a regular nuisance in the way of bringing unexpected and undesired troubles. Time is pretty much of a fraud anyway. Bill Cook and his family had moved to the vicinity of Red Bud in this county and a few months ago Newton, the first husband, mourned as dead, suddenly appeared on the scene and demanded his wife. This kinder rattled Bill and he cast an appealing look at the fair face of Mary. For a moment her cheeks were blanched even as a linen collar that has just come out of the laundry. She looked upon the form of her first love. He was a dandy to look upon and she knew it all of a sudden, like the rushing of an Alpine torrent, the kind of Alpine torrents that dash down the sides of John’s mountain and feed on the waters of Snake Creek, her old love came back, and she declared that she would go with Newton withersoever he listed, and they went.

This was a sinker on Bill. He didn’t like for his wife and baby to be taken away, especially by a man who had tried to die and made a howling failure. He kinder wanted to help him die, but he came to town and after swearing much on the way, swore out a warrant for Newton.

When the case was called Cook was represented by Cols. J. C.Harkins and W. P. Dodd and Newton by Cols. W. S. Johnson and F. A. Cantrell. After the evidence was put in, the law covering such cases which declares that all second marriages occurring while the parties to the first are living and undivorced are null and void, was expounded by Col. Johnson. Judge Fain dismissed the warrant and Bill Cook rose up sorrowfully and went and swore out a peace warrant for Newton and they (all of them but Bill Cook) lived entirely happy forever (that is up to this date) afterwards.


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