TOWELS AID HER ESCAPE
Farmington -- By means of towels knotted together, Mrs. Minor Morris of St.
Louis, who recently came into prominence through charges she made against secret service
men at Washington, asserting they had forcibly ejected her from the White House, escaped
from her room on the second-floor of the state hospital for the insane here.
THE BISMARCK GAZETTE, Bismarck, St. Francois Co. MO, Fri. July 17, 1908
"Missouri News" column
THE BONNE TERRE REGISTER, Bonne Terre, Missouri
Friday, July 24, 1908.
ESCAPED FROM NO. 4
Mrs. Minor Morris, a Private Patient, Eludes Watchfulness of Attendants.
Early last Saturday morning Mrs. Minor Morris escaped from her room on the second floor of
one of the cottages at State Hospital No. 4, by means of a rope made with towels
knotted together, and no trace of her has since been discovered.
Mrs. Morris is a sister of Congressman Hull of Iowa, a woman of rare accomplishments and
refinement and several years ago attracted sensational attention by being ejected from the
White House at Washington when trying to secure an audience with President Roosevelt in
regard to the suspension of her husband from an official position. She was subsequently
adjudged insane and was placed in the Hospital at this place about six months ago as a
While treated with the greatest consideration at the Hospital, she was closely watched,
and it is a mystery how she eluded the watchfulness of the guards and secured enough
towels to make the rope by which she descended from the second story, unless she took
possession of them one at a time and concealed them about her person. No trace of her has
been found, although the surrounding country has been searched and inquiry has been made
at all the railroad stations. --Farmington Times.