Clipped From Reading Times
WIFE DRAGGED ABOUT . DESERTED STREETS. WILLIAM H. LONG ACCUSED OF ENFORCING THREATS WITH A LOADED PISTOL. A peculiar and sensational case of cruelty to a wife was brought to life yesterday morning, when Constable Reifsnyderj oh Alderman Weber's warrant, warrant, arrested William H. Long, aged 22 years, on charges of surety of the peace, aggravated assault and battery and carrying concealed deadly weapons. weapons. The charges were lodged by the accused's wife, and the husband, in default of bail, was committed to jail to await a hearing. Several nights ago the wife, alleging cruel treatment and fear of her husband, husband, left her home, at 426 North Twelfth street, and placed herself under under the protection of Officer Dorse. Later she was taken to the home of a friend on Maple street, and, fearful of her whereabouts being discovered by Long, she cautioned the officer not to divulge where she was. The husband, it is alleged, became very much an gered at his wife leaving him, and later In the night he was seen looking for her in the yard of their home with a lantern and pistol. Solicitous for her two small children, Mrs. Long returned to her home on Wednesday and shortly after 10 p. m. went to her room with the little ones to retire for the night Suddenly the husband, who was not known to be in the house, emerged from under the b' - ci. seized the woman, and, placing his hand over her mouth, bade her make no outcry upon pain of death. . The husband next carried the woman down stairs, where he put on his shoes, holding her with one hand all the while. This done he carried her outdoors, outdoors, where he torn her she would have to go with him, and takirg her hand he led her out Twelfth street and down to Eleventh, out Eleventh street past the brewery, at the fair grounds; over the Kutztown road to Moss street, to Court, to Eleventh, to Perkiomen avenue and then to Hill road. From Hill road he took her down Clymer street to Perkiomen avenue, and thence by way of Miller's park through the woods up on Mt Penn. At last, after a circuitous route, they came back to Reading to a deserted house on Twelfth street, and there the nusDana compelled the almost exhausted woman to lie down and go to sleep, irong aiso laid down, but within close reach of his wife in order to Intercept any attempts attempts on her part to escape. The walk consumed five and a. half hours and the woman was faint from fntieue and the beatings the husband administered while taking her over the deserted streets and hills. About 4 o'clock Long fell asleep, after which Mrs. Long carefully got up ana maae her escape from the house. Mrs. Long appeared at her house early In the morning and then swore out two warrants against her husband, carrying concealed deadly weapons and aggravated assault and battery. Her apron and dress were bloody, the result, result, she said, of injuries inflicted by her husband while leading her awrai.