Marcus Infant

The Cartersville News
Cartersville, Georgia
March 13, 1873, Page 2
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From The Rome Commercial.
Polk County The Scene of the Tragedy—Miss Nannie Marcus Drowns Her Infant Child—“The Old, Old Story.”

Some five or six months since there came to the neighborhood of Cedar Town, in Polk county, a beautiful young lady named Miss Nannie Marcus, aged about eighteen years.  She was from Social Circle, Walton county.  Ostensibly she was visiting relatives and friends.  She won, by her beauty and intelligence, the love and esteem of all with whom she was associated.

Was the centre around which turned the gay and gallant young men of the neighborhood, until time told plainly that Miss Nannie had not confined herself within the strict rules of propriety, but that she would, in a short time, be confined.  About a month ago she gave birth to
And Miss Nannie’s admirers dropped off like leaves after a cold, biting frost, and she was left alone with herself, her child, and her God.  Let us hope that “He who tempers the wind to the shorn lamb” supported her in her great trial of self-banishment from the world and its social enjoyments with the friends and companions of her youth.  But the sequel does not justify even this hope.  Three days since her brother
About twenty-one years of age, arrived at Cedartown, and went to the house at which his sister was staying.  The brother and sister met—the sister subdued and penitent—the brother calm and determined.  Monday night the child was taken from the house and thrown into a stream running near.  The young life was given thus treacherously back to the God who gave it, in the vain hope that its death would
As soon as arrangements could be made after the drowning, the brother and sister left to return to Social Circle.  The absence of the child was so completely hidden that it was not known or suspected until about the time they left, or just afterwards.—However, the suspicions of the neighbors were aroused, search made, and the
And the inhuman mother and the more inhuman brother had made their escape.

The authorities acted promptly, a warrant for the arrest of William and Nannie Marcus was obtained and placed in the hands of Messrs, J. H. Price and M. E. West, who at once gave pursuit, following them to Rome, but arrived in time to know that the birds had just a little the start of them to Atlanta.  Having to wait for the next train, these gentlemen determined to try the virtue of a telegram to the Chief of Police of the latter city in overtaking the fugitives.  This had the desired effect.

Were arrested and are held to await the arrival of Messrs. Price and West.  These gentlemen left last night for Atlanta to take charge of their prisoners, and will return with them to Cedartown.

She loved not wisely but too well.—Her own weakness and the damnable perfidy of her betrayer, have wrecked her own soul and that of her brother, and made the declining years of a loving mother, whose child had been torn from the shattered roof-tree by the hand of the betrayer, a perfect hell on earth, and robbed her of that peace and happiness looked forward to with so much anxiety by the old people.

To this, the Atlanta Constitution adds:
The Commercial is incorrect in locating the residence of the accused.  A reporter of the Constitution visited them while they were confined in the station house.  They do not deny the birth of the child.  The young man denied killing it, however.  It appears that the young girl is handsome, and in affluent circumstances.  The “gay Lothario” in the case is said to have been a colored boy raised up in the family.  It is supposed that he has “gone where the woodbine twineth.”


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