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IMPERIAL PARLIAMENT. -+--

THE GREAT VOLUNTEER PRIZE…

MR. GOLD WIN SMITH ON REFORM.

DUTY ON FIRE INSURANCES.

SINGULAR LIFE ASSURANCE CASE.

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SINGULAR LIFE ASSURANCE CASE. At the Gal way Assizes, on Tuesday, a man named Kelly sued the National Assurance Company for .£500, the amount of a policy effected on the life of his daughter, Cecilia Ellen Kelly, in 1863. The peor girl was very far gone in consumption, but early in that year he proposed to the Albert Company to effect an insurance on her life for -6500. She w&a then under medical treatment in Dublin, but he represented that she was in a nunnery in Gal way, and induced the company to accept the report of a local physician as to her state of health. Before that gentle- man, however, Miss Kelly never appeared, but she was personated by a friend of hers, a Miss Ken sella, who was in robust health, and has since become a citizen of the United States. The report was favourable, and the policy was granted. Kelly then applied to the National Company for a policy to the same amount, and obtained it with still less difficulty, as be was able to refer to the Albert for a oertificate of his daughter's good health, and the same fraud was practised upon another medical gentleman. Emboldened by his success, he procured, by similar artifices, another policy for X500 from the Standard Assurance Company (against which he also had an action listed), and there is no saying to what extent he might have traded on his daughter's life had not her malady at last reaohed its inevitable termination. All his plans, however, were frustrated by her conscientiousness, for on her death-bed she made a written declaration of the whole fraudulent proceedings to which she had been an un- willing party. This declaration having been givea in evidence, the plaintiff elected to be non-suited, and withdrew the record against the Standard Company.

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