April 5, 1883
Wife and Baby Ran Away
About nine weeks ago, F.A. Benjamin, a house painter, came to San Rafael with his wife and child, a babe of 18 months. They took board at the Pioneer House, kept by George H. Marchant. The husband obtained work, and had had steady employment here. Last Saturday, when he went to dinner, he noticed that his wife had a little extra color, and had lost her appetite, and, as he expresses it, "that she appeared to be guilty of something." He ate his dinner, and went back to work, and shortly after the Deputy Marshall went and told him that his wife and baby were going away with a stranger. He jumped into the buggy and drove to the hotel. He found the whole party at the head of the stairs, Mrs. Benjamin, her "friend", whose name is Springer, the young Benjamin, and baggage.
"Well," said the husband, "what does this mean?"
"Oh," replied Mrs. Benjamin, "You know I always told you that I had a friend, who would take better care of me than you do, that I could go to any time, and now he has come for me, and I am going with him!"
Springer, the wife's "friend", then made a little speech in which he intimated that in case of any interruption to his journey with the mother and babe he would have the husband arrested and securely locked up in the penitentiary, a proceeding which he said would take place as soon as he chose to open his mouth.