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Barbour news item - WILSON/WORTHINGTON
Atlanta Constitution, 17 January 1898
Personated An Eloping Girl
How a Young Lady Helped Her Friend To Reach the Preacher in Time
Lumpkin, Ga. January 16 (Special)
The marriage in this city of Mr. Elmer Wilson of Louisville, Ala, and Miss
Claudia Worthington of Union Springs, Ala., had behind it an unusual story.
The young lady's parents were, for some reason, opposed to the marriage, and
when their daughter slipped away from home they immediately set diligently to
work to interfere with the consummation of the vows. Telegrams were sent to
various places forbidding the issuance of license and ordering the lady's
arrest. An officer found out of the presence of the couple in Eufaula, and
started to carry out his instructions.
Now, it happened that Mr. Wilson's sister was in the party and when a policeman
approached her, asking if she was Miss Worthington and telling her that if she
was he would have to arrest her, Miss Wilson promptly told him yes and burst
into tears, which had so much the appearance of genuineness that the officer
immediately became sympathetic and told her she could remain at the hotel, under
guard, until Mr. Worthington, supposedly her father, arrived.
While this was transpiring the couple was on their way to Lumpkin by private
conveyance. Papa Worthington found out the deception of Miss Wilson and the
whereabouts of the lovers upon his arrival at Eufaula and telegraphed Sheriff
Holder to arrest his daughter and prevent the marriage. But the message came a
short while after the ceremony was performed.