Would Have Sold His Wife

She Grew Tired of Waiting For The Sale.

Mrs. Charles Rorick Said to Be at Danville—Detective Milt McDonald is Working on the Case—Is Interested.

It is thought that Mrs. Charles Rorick, the wife of the Front street barber, who ran away from her happy home ten days ago, is at Danville. The supposition is that she ran away with a man known only to her husband by the sobriquet of “Zing-Zang.”

Milt McDonald, of near Coatsburg, 62 years of age, one of the sleuths of the Grannon Tin Star Detective agency of Cincinnati, whose housekeeper Mrs. Rorick was before her marriage, is interested in the case and has been working on it for some days. It was he who located the woman at Danville and he asked the local police to write the department there and learn if the information that has reached him is correct. The local department is quite busy with other matters and has not yet found time to comply with the request. Detective McDonald will likely turn the matter over to the agency for further unraveling.

Mrs. Rorick is described at 17 years old, cross-eyed, and weighing 150 pounds. She is not very pretty to look at but Detective McDonald says she is a good housekeeper and would like to get her back in that capacity.

Last year he entered into negotiations with her husband to give up possession of the woman and offered to pay the expenses of a divorce but the husband considered her worth more than that as indicated by the following correspondence that the detective does not hesitate to show:

Quincy, Ill., April 2, 1904—Milt. McDonald: I will make you a proposition, if you want Mary. You will have to make me a present of so much money, as I have been offered that just the other day. But I would rather see you have her than anyone else, and I don’t like to see anyone have her in this town. I have spent lots of money on her, and I don’t expect to sell her or give her away to any one. Write to me and let me know what you will do.

Milt, the detective, appears to have answered this letter for he has another under date of August 24, over four months after the receipt of the one just quoted. The last one reads as follows:

Sir: Your letter at hand; will say that I will take $100 and you can send the money for her to come, providing you send the $100. That’s all I have to say. Write at once. Send for her right away. But if you want her you will have to send the amount.

Mary must have tired of waiting for the closing of the deal. When “Zing Zang” crossed her path she found her affinity and flitted.

Source: Quincy Daily Herald, September 27, 1905.

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