Although the majority of the items in the attic were of a religious or temperance nature, there were many 1871 copies of The Penny Miscellany, a weekly journal that frequently involved nubile young girls in difficult or unfortunate circumstances. Here are several examples:
With a cry of astonishment, not utterly devoid of alarm, she cried – ‘Why! Where’s the door!’ Raymond Garton laughed his low silky laugh …
She disengaged herself from his embrace. ‘Arthur Kilmine,’ she said, ‘I can never be your wife. I am poor and of low birth, I am a murderer’s daughter …’
With a shriek Frances recognized the man who thus held her, and strove to tear herself from his embrace. As well try to loosen herself from bands of steel, as from those arms.