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LOCAL DIYOECE SUIT.

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LOCAL DIYOECE SUIT. THE FARMER'S WIFE AND THE LABOURER. In the Divorce Division on Wednesday (before Mr. Justice Barnes) the case of Williams v, Williams and Lewis was heard. This was a suit of Mr. Edward Williams, a yeoman, farmer, of Llan Usk, Monmouthshire, for a dissolution of his marriage witn tne respondent, Sylvena Mary Williams, nee Parker, on ci18 ground of her adultery with William Latvia, who had been a labourer in the peti- tioner's employment. The case was in the defended list, but the respondent and co-respon- dent withdrew from the defence. Mt. Priestley appeared for the petitioner and Mr. Barnard for the respondent. Mr. Priestley said that the petitioner and respondent were married on the 5th of May, 1886, at the parish church of Usk, Monmouth- shire, and there had been two children of the marriage. In January, 1898, the co-respon- dent went into the petitioner's service as a labourer, and in March the same year his sister, Jane Lewis, became a domestic servant at the house. After she had been there a little time she noticed that between her brother and Mrs. Williams there was considerable famili- arity. In June the petitioner returned home sooner than he was expected, and in the draw- ing-room he found his farm labourer sitting in a chair with his wife. He was in his shirt sleeves and had a glass of wine in his hand, and the respondent was pointing at some Dresden china on the cabinet. Petitioner at once dismissed him from his service, and, so far as he knew, the co-respondent did not come to the house again. Unfortunately, the respon- dent had become perfectly infatuated with this man, and she actually went so far as to get this young man into her bedroom at night when her husband was absent, and she let him out at three o'clock in the morning through the drawing-room window. The petitioner did not know anything about what was going on until his wife went away to Ilfra- combe in August. Some neighbours then gave him information, and he made inquiries. He questioned Jane Lewis, who was reluctant to say anything, but at last she told him what she knew, and that his wife and the co-respondent had been writing love-letters to one another. She spoke to having found a bundle of letters in her bro- ther's box from Mrs. Williams, in one of which respondent promised to make a will in favour of this man for £ 400, which she claimed to be entitled to as a marriage gift from her father. Some of the letters (said counsel) were of the most depraved character, and he did not pro- pose to read them. He would ask his lordship to look at one or two of them. In one letter she said that as soon as they could they must get married and go off together, and that she would make the will in his favour. The letters could bear only one interpretation. Mr. Edward Williams, the petitioner, gave evidence which substantially bore out counsel's statement. In cross-examination he said that he had ceased to be on speaking terms with his wife after the scene in the drawing-room. Replying to the judge, he said that he iden- tified the letters as being in his wife's hand- writing. His Loirdship asked Mr. Barnard what he had to say with regard to the letters. Mr. Barnard, after consulting with his client, said that, in view of the letters, she would not further defend the suit. The co-respondent, in reply to the judge, said he denied adultery, but he afterwards declined to go into the witness-box. Jane Lewis was called and spoke to two occasions on which she said her brother had been to the house at night and been with Mrs. Williams in her bedroom. Be had been let out about three o'clock in the morning through the drawing-room. His Lordship granted the petitioner a decree nisi, with co-ta against the respondent and co-respondent.

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