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IRISH BREACH OF PIIOI | CASE. AMUSING LOVE LETTO DAMAGES, £ 1,200. DCBLIN, Saturday Night.—To-day 9 ing breach of promise case came on Lord Chief Baron in the Exchequer The damages woe laid at £ 3,000. Tb? is Miss May Coghlan, and resides at <K ston-park, Rathuiines, and the defetl Edward Spring, at PcssextoW" Enfield. The statement of claitII that plaintiff and defendant agreed one another, that a reasonable marriage had elapsed, and that the p ready and willing to marry, but that dant neglected and refused to marry tM In a second count the plaintiff allege5 and the defendant agreed to marry o"?. on a day now elapsed, that she was ready to marry on that day, but the refused and neglected to marry her. dant denied that he agreed to marry the either on any certain day as stated. or reasonable time at any time. The i-%1 Q.C., Dr Boyd, (,).C., and Mr J. N, peared for the plaintiff. Mr Hugh IIo] Mr John Gibson, k., and Mr John PJ for the defendant. Dr Boyd, Q.C., plaintiff was a voting hdy who was 11 her mother and her brother, the latter support and maintenance of the faflj brother was connected with the Board The defendant, Mr Spring, was t M? James Spring, who lives iO street, a man of coillsiderabl.e and influence, possessing carrier horses and a retinue of servants. chased for his son, the defendant, a county of Meath, at a cost of £ 5,0$* sisted of 340 acres 'of land, and he tW suitable residence on it, -.it a cost of & was called Possextowu. It was very nished. The defendant kept one or and attended the hunt. For a consider' the plaintiff and defendant were other by appeatance, and tiie defendant* several attempts through various frie^ an introduction to the plaintiff) rently having taken a great fancy to hefs not succeed in meeting her, so as to until the month of February, 1879, met at the house of a Mrs Bryson, auced them to c-ach other. A deep aft'6? mmated in Jul}*, 1880, when the | promised to marry the plaintiff. promised to marry her he presented h** engagement ring. From 1879 up to t', year, he returned all the affectIon young lady, and lie then heartlessly, his promise. Both of them were sO the same rank in life, and statable to ope, When they were introduced the lady \V1I9 seven years of age, and the defendant two or three ve-i- older, and they were the same religion—Roman Catholics. tiff and the defendant did not wish to intended marriage spoken of amongst theit and it was arranged between them to matter secret. A large number of lette" between the plaintiff and defendae did not know what became of the written by the plaintiff to the defendan^j had the letters of the defendant up a bundle of copies of nearly 200 lett^, represented the amorous feelings of this^ during three years, and they would ceft^J an iuea that his affection must warm. On the 1-Sth July, 1879, he wro —"Dear little Woman,—Will jou morrow evening at 8 p.m. at the top street." The letter went on:—" I will be the country aH day, working hard, and a little relaxation after my hard day. in the park will attract people there, won't be a soul in the way. Now don't be vexed or cross, but come the brat." (Laughter, j Apparently term of endearment. On the 2ud of to %vrote D,?fzr little one, am I ever t* again ? You are a very shabby wretch' 23th of the same month he wrote :— cannot understand you, and I can't A what 1 have done to annoy you. All that I feel much sat 011—daughter)—a-1?,jl conceited that I feel a wee bit hurt. I could not vex me. Arc you trying to it that you really wish me not to C know' y shan't say any more, but I hope little give (if he has done anything wrong) > This was the man who denied that he marriage to this lady. He was anxious to koep her all to himself, and extremely iealous it she had any design^ 0 person else. He wrote several letterS, calling her Little sweetheart," woman," and similar endearing terms- j wrote in such playful terms as Yoti^ f child," and I long to see you, deatj) He also called her Wifey." Coun-=e',J immense number of of letters'in which thefy used to the plaintiff such "Dear pet, "My own darling," them living together happily, and sa' fjj her, and believed in his heart tii,,tt slie In one letter lie concluded, Good bye, j,{ God bless you." On the 11th Novenih3^ of her as My own child," and exp1'^ wish that she should see his 'l0, f say she liked it. "Margery," ho really cannot do without you. Go-J J darling, with fondest love, from Jlft-I He addressed many of his letters Leinster Club, of which he was e From that address lie wrote to tiff on the 15th cf November, own darling, what :s the matter with baby, you must not vex me, or cist too sensitive, and you seem to doubt ilY 0 for you. Now, Margery, that is not fa'1" n, know how I love you. You do belief are my first care. God bless you.— is another letter from the defendant on ø December—" My precious love, youbavi filled to the brim my cup of happiness, always with me, my little wife." Ot c A. was- imagination. (Laughter.) time after there had been longation of the engagement he her asking her to lie patient, and wotin1 the usual God bless." He wrote 111 letter, I cannot live without vou. 1 when will it be." He (Dr. Boyd) unde^ defendant was now engaged to be Jll Miss Ball, with whom he was to receiv\ B, witli N%, lie was to re fortune. On receiving that letter the. wrote to him the same day in the terms :—" I have read your letter sevey and yet I cannot believe or realise it. .said to me that you would never release my promise, and no matter what l'*j never will release you from yolit, too as you [live niade riie, love ,v and too long to be able to do so. I ca*T this awful suspense and suffering, a-u £ V not see you or hear from you on must malce a confident of Henry (her P.S. As you may now be in the coun-^ send you another letter there." On February she wrote to him" I must yon again my mind is in such a stats j rest. I spent hist night reading ail v°ttyji and they all told me I cannot believe r j one of yesterday says. I -,vil! nevo Eddie. who has been faithful sO years, is about to leave me notv- trying to conceal my story fr#m my P°Hl$ Ali, ,,it"y tltiuk (,f nev er been to you what I have been f suffering as I am, what would you n<'t her? Ah, be yourself, and come and y from letting him now my soriow. p! make me believe that you cannot be 1\.111\" reply to this he wrote fis follows Hotj.se, Enfield, Thcuoday.—I am a and 1 am afraid likely to be a drt',11^' t Maggie, if I do not take tho advice S'vei;1ri (negotiations are being made for my pl'^i I must leave tiie country penniless Believe what you like of me, but solemnly tlat 1 have never cintuged h) 11;;)11 turn to war-is you, and I now leave it ili l hands. What am I to do 1 I lie ).II for is, I believe, attached to me, aud I re^,j highly, but my .old afb-otion remains Tiie money matters are almost conip'^ j the date is not fixed. You are to be and I only ask that I may make use of j three letters t, get me out of this marries, | me to destroy all other letters, a', (y So, Of course, there wi!l be tid after Lent. But there is one tail;, that if I do not marry I must J once. There is only one thing tO ou may remember I told you I had tell you before I could marry you. 11¡,r I i tli oilljy it, and the ah-rjsaid girl is the only the world who kpows it. 1 have been < very bau iieaith, and, if you knew, pity me. I go down to Enfield to-n'jj won't return till this day week, say God bless y.-u from my y. gl# ask you to doctroy this letter. things in it I hope may never be jji anyone else. Consider what you say abfli'jf^i You know you have more influence over jj anyotieeLse. Then good-bye. 4.30 3 not go to Longford, aud will be backflt streol on Saturday night." He wrote loiter 011 the 12th February, saying: I myself by the end of t)ie week. Mag £ ''e-' jf could let me see you again and tell j forgive ma, you might do a lot of good- Y, been, I think, mad. Do not teii fall. God biess you, Maggie." Tl'-e,,fr" thought that after this he hilÙ c¡me ,u,c;J¡ former self, and she wrote to him saying would forgive him, but lie wrote back" J me, or I am ruined." He asked her his last two fitters, as they weie too Some oi her letters pa^ed, and the l^a! now compelled to come into court for ry The plaintiff having been examined, for defendant acknowledged there was -l promise, and did not examine any The Judge having characterised the conduct as not gentlemanly or honoU1 i|J jury retired, a^d after tea minutes' »J» returned into court with a verdict for tiff, giving her damages. ,.1 The verdict was received with loud J!pIP court.

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