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A MATRIMONIAL DIFFICULTY: A CURIOUS POINT OF LAW. A case involving a curious point of law was recently heard by the Gainsborough Petty Sessional magistracy. A woman, giving the name of Elizabeth Clayton, ap- plied for an affiliation order in bastardy against George Mumby, of Willoughton, to whom she had been united in matrimony. Mr. Howlett, for the woman, said Several years ago Elizabeth Clayton became the wife of David Clayton, and lived with him many years. At length Clayton left her and her two children, and, in order to maintain herself and children, she went into service. Some considerable time after she became acquainted with George Mumby, and the result of that acquaintance was the birth of a child, of which Georga Mumby was the father. At the time my client became acquainted with George Mumby she had reason to sup- pose that David Clayton, her husband, was dead, and, acting upon that knowledge, she went through the ceremony of marriage with George Mumby. The case turns upon this very simple point—whether, at the time Elisabeth Clayton went through the ceremony of marriage with George Mumby, David Clayton was alive. Mrs. Clayton shall give her evidence on that point, and also on the point of the paternity of the child, which will not be disputed. Elizabeth Clayton was sworn, and proceeded to say, in answer to a ques- tion from Mr. Howlett, that she was the wife of David Clayton, when Mr. Toynbee objected to the question and answer after the statement that the applicant had been married to George Mumby. He objected to Mrs. Clayton being asked to prove that at the time of her marriage with Mumby her first husband was alive, for the effect of such evidence would be to bastardise the present issue, and no woman was at liberty to give such evidence. The applicant then gave evidence to the fact that fourteen years ago she became the wife of Clayton, that she lived with him four or five years, and he then left her. She had not seen him since, but had heard of him through Mumby, who found him near Sheffield. On the 22nd of last May she gave birth to a child of which Mumby was the father. Mr. Toynbee objected to this evidence. The Bench: We have not yet had any proof of David Clayton being alive at the time of the second marriage. "Mr. Toyn- bee If Clayton was not alive then, Mumby is the ap- I plicant's lawful husband, and the present proceedings must at once fall to the ground. After some discus- sion, the magistrates' clerk (Mr. Oldman) said the presumption in such cases had always been in favour of access, and there must be very strong evidence to prove non-access before it could be acted upon. And prove non-access before it could be acted upon. And as long as the husband resided inter qnatuor mares, the presumption of access was all the stronger. Mr. Toynbee Suppose in this case Clayton was living and had possible access, the effect would be to bastardise his children. The Court declined to make an order. 'I It is stated that the first husband, David Clayton, is now living at Sheffield, and that he is married a second time, and has two children by the second wife.

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