Monday, July 28, 2008

A Grandfather's Plea

New York, 1895

John Golden Wants the Custody of His Dead Daughter's Babe.

John Anderson, a young mechanic, of Brooklyn, and his wife, Mary, had a quarrel about three months ago, and the latter went to the home of her father, John Golden, at Winfield. Two weeks ago Mrs. Anderson gave birth to a boy, and a week later she died, her funeral taking place on Saturday.

The baby was in the supreme court in Brooklyn Tuesday on a writ of habeas corpus, instituted by the father to obtain possession of it. The grandfather explained the circumstances attending the birth of the boy and the death of the mother. He said he wanted to keep the boy and would do all he could for him.

The father explained that he had gone to St. Louis after the quarrel with his wife, and was afraid to go near her father's house, thinking he might be shot. His mother, he said, was willing to take charge of the infant.

Justice Cullen allowed the grandfather to retain the child for two weeks, pending a further hearing.

—The Long Island Farmer, Jamaica, NY, May 24, 1895, p. 1.

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