Sunday, June 8, 2008

Says She is Sane

New York, 1895

Sent to an Asylum After Marriage and Wants to Get Out.

Mrs. Mary S. Half, 45 years old, who was committed to the Long Island Home at Amityville as a lunatic shortly after her marriage in New York on Jan. 15 last to 22 year old Arthur Half, was produced before Justice Bartlett in the Supreme Court in Brooklyn on Tuesday. She was brought there on habeas corpus proceedings instituted by Lawyer Mott.

Lawyer Mott said that the woman had been improperly railroaded to the asylum and locked up there twelve days in a room. The manager would not allow her husband to see her, and it was only through a letter that she managed to have sent out of the Home that Mr. Mott learned of her incarceration. Mr. Mott also alleged that the purpose of the relatives was to get possession of her estate valued at more than $10,000.

Justice Bartlett adjourned the hearing until Friday.

—The Long Island Farmer, Jamaica, NY, March 15, 1895, p. 1.

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