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A CARDIGAN BREACH OF PROMISE CASE. At the Glamorganshire Assizes, on Friday, April 12th, a breach of promise case from Cardigan Bay, was heard before Mr. Justice Mellor. The plaintiff was a young woman named Catharine Williams, daughter of a re- tired master mariner, Jmd the defendant John Morgan, master mariner. Mr. Bowen (Instructed by Mr. Ivor Vachell), appeared for the plaintiff and Mr. B. F. Wil- liams and Mr. Fyffe (instructed by Messrs. Hughes and Evans) for the defendant. The pleadings set forth that the plaintiff was always ready to marry, but that defen- dant had married someone else after the breach of promise. Defendant denied that he and the plaintiff had ever agreed to marry each other, that if they had done so the promise was rescinded by mutual consent; and that at the time thereof defendant was an infant under twenty-one. The plaintiff upon this joined issue with the defendant, and alleged that the agreement made when he was an infant was repeated when he came of age. The parties were both residents of St. Dogmell's near Cardigan Bay, and were about the same age, twenty-six. Both were in hum- ble circumstances of life they lived near each other, and their acquaintance, which began in early life, warmed in- to an attachment, which continued for many years, during which the defendant always looked forward to the time when he would be in a position to make plaintiff his wife, until the occasion of a picnic on the Cardigan sand bar, when the defendant formed an attachment for another young woman, named Elizabeth Davies, to whom he was married last Chiristmas. In lS76 defendant went away to South Shields to qualify himself as. a master mariner. He passed the necessary examinations, and was now mas- j ter of the Ann Gamble. A number of letters from the defendant, in which he used the most endearing expressions towards the plaintiff, were read. The defendant in 1873 broke off his correspondence, as well as his engagement with plaintiff. Defendant had promised to marry her sev- eral times, when he became captain of a vessel, the last promises being in l^i and 1^73. She had not heard from him aince, but had refrained from taking proceedings un- til defendant, by marrying someone else, had placed himself out of the way of performing his promises. The counsel for the defendant admitted that his client was a master mariner, and earning £ 5 per month when he was at sea. Mr. B. Francis Williams, then raised the point that it was necessary to have corroborative evidence of the defendant s promise after he came of age. As the parties, however, were in humble circumstances, it would be bet- ter for them that his lordship would reserve this point than grant a new trial for the purpose of obtaining this corroborative evidence. The Judge adopted this view, and said that after the jury had given their verdict he would, if necessary, consider in chambers whether corro- boration was required. The jury, after consulting for ahour an hour, found for the plaintiff, damages JB80.

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