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A SWEEP OF A NEW BROOM.

TOO HARD UPON THEM!

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THE ST. ALBAN'S CASE.

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PERSONATING A VOTER.

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SINGULAR CASE OF MANSLAUGHTER.

THE TREATMENT OF DRUNKEN WIVES.

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THE TREATMENT OF DRUNKEN WIVES. An inquest has been held in St. T uke's, London, respecting the death of Catherine Anna Wright, aged 36 years, when the following evidence was given :— George Wright said that deceased was his wife. For the last two years she had been given to drink. She had been drinking rum and brandy since Christmas. She had not been sober for a single hour since then. Coroner Did you drive her to drink ? Witness: No. I never beat her; all I did was to use hard words when she got drunk. Coroner Why did you give her the money to get drunk ? In old times when a husband found his wife getting drunk he locked her up in a room and fed her on bread and water until she got sober. In Scotland there is, it is said, an island where drunken wives are landed, and all that they are left by their husbands is a loaf of bread and a pitcher of cold water. A juror If that island was near London it would be thickly populated. The witness said that he only gave his wife money when she promised not to drink, and she always pro- mised that. On last Wednesday he found her lying drunk underneath the bed. She died on Thursday. Dr Syson said that the deceased had expired from effusion of serum on the brain accelerated by alcoholic poisoning. Edward Richmond, the landlord of the deceased, said that he had frequently seen her drunk. Her husband was always kind to her. The Coroner said that it was lamentable to see the home of a steady man rendered miserable and broken up by the habits of a drunken wife. There was only one way of reclaiming such a person, and that was by withholding cash from her until she got sober, and then reasoning with her, and with kindness she would come round. The jury returned a verdict of "Death from ex- cessive drinking."

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