Arthur Cartwright married, at the close of the Seventeenth Century in old England, Ruth Joyce, and to escape the old parents' wrath, fled to America, settling at Plymouth, Mass. Ruth's mother accompanied them. Though they lived happy, they were completely isolated from their Puritan neighbors who had small tolerance for their faith. The time came when the Indians wrought death among them. Arthur and Ruth were slain in sight of Mistress Joyce and Alice, the baby. Mistress Joyce became demented from the shock. Because the Indians held an insane person sacred, she was saved from death. This led the Puritans to believe that Mistress Joyce was a witch and when she wandered back among them they seized her and planned to burn her at the stake. With the intent of treating Alice, now sixteen, in the same way they tore her from the Indians and imprisoned her. Her condition touched the old constable, who called in Abner Morton, a newly arrived conformist minister, to administer Christian ...
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