A Girl's Leap For Life: Driven to Desperation By Her Lover's Brutality 1887


During an attack of delirium tremens four weeks ago Thomas Sheridan, a plumber, jumped from a window on the fourth floor of the tenement house 737 East Eleventh Street, New York, where he lived, and died suddenly in consequence of his rash leap. Among the mourners who attended his funeral was a young and handsome woman who was escorted in a carriage by Daniel Sheridan, a brother of the dead man. After the funeral he introduced the young woman to his father and mother as Lillian Trinneer and said she would become one of the Sheridan household to help his mother. His parents at last consented to this, but not without much reluctance. The girl was modest and refined and seemed far superior to the surroundings she there met with. It was not long before the old folks found that she loved Dan with an affection that approached idolatry. She often said that Dan would marry her some time. He treated her brutally, however. Often he would slap her face or knock her down with a blow of his brawny fist because she was a little slow in obeying commands he might give her. A week ago he came home intoxicated and attempted to take liberties with the girl. She resisted and a struggle ensued.

Finally the girl escaped from the room and ran downstairs into the street. Dan followed her with an open razor in his hand. She dashed into the hallway of 741, a few doors above, and there fell down in a fainting fit. Old Sheridan, who had been visiting friends in that house, chanced to be coming through the hall just as his son rushed in after the girl. The old man sprang at him as he rushed toward the senseless woman. A terrible struggle ensued between the men, but finally the father was victorious and for that time the girl's life was spared. After that people advised her to leave the house, but she said that she had no place to go and preferred to die, anyhow, if she could not induce Dan to marry her. Dan has never been known to be sober of an evening, but on Friday night he was more intoxicated than he had ever been before. He got home about midnight. Lillian, with his father and mother, was sitting up waiting for him. As soon as he entered the room, and despite the presence of his parents, he began to maltreat the girl. She remained passive until his actions became too offensive and then she sprang to a window in the west side of the house, overlooking a two story shed of the Quintard Iron Works.

"Dan, if you do not respect me I'll kill myself," she said, looking pale but determined.

Her action only made the young man furious.

"__you," he shouted, "I'll save you the trouble. I'll kill you myself." As he spoke he seized an ax and started toward the girl. Without a moment's hesitation she threw up the window and jumped out. Hardly had she done so when the ax, thrown by Dan, struck the wall just about where she had been standing. Sheridan ran to the window and as rapidly as he could he threw the ax, chairs, dishes and every missile he could lay hands on down at the girl, who lay unconscious on the roof of the shed, forty feet below. On account of the darkness he could not see her and she was not struck. People on the second floor, the windows of which are about on a line with the shed roof, climbed out and dragged the girl into their apartments. Meanwhile old Sheridan went into the street and meeting Officer Calvin, of the Union Market Police Station, told him that "Danny was a little wild wid the drink" and asked to have him arrested. The officer did so and in the Essex Market Police Court yesterday morning Dan was sent to the island for three months as an habitual drunkard. An effort was made to suppress the fact of the girl's injuries, but yesterday afternoon she became so ill that it was feared she was dying, and then the people in the house went to the Union Market Station and informed Sergeant Little of her dangerous condition and how she came by her injuries. He had her sent to Bellevue Hospital, where it was found that her right side was paralyzed and will be so while she lives.

At the hospital the doctors do not think she will survive. She is only 22 years old and very handsome. Not a thing about her antecedents could be learned. Sergeant Little will send a request to the magistrate at Essex Market Court this morning asking to have Sheridan brought back and tried for the more serious offense of felonious assault with intent to kill.

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Article Name: A Girl's Leap For Life: Driven to Desperation By Her Lover's Brutality 1887
Researcher/Transcriber Miriam Medina


The Brooklyn Daily Eagle December 18, 1887
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