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I PEER AND DANCER. I T .

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PEER AND DANCER. T SACKVILLE CLAIM FAILS. The remarkable Sackville peerage case was ended on Monday, when Sir John Bigham gave judgment against the claimant, with costs. Air. Ernest Henri Jean Baptiste Sackville- West, the claim-ant, had sought to prove a marriage between his father, the late Lord Sackville, and his mother, a Spanish dancer, Josephine Duran de Ortega, also known as Pepita. It was known that the late peer and the dancer lived together, and that they had several children. The present Lord Sackville, a nephew of the late peer, in opposing the claim, declared that no such marriage took place. The ease, said his lordship, was divided: into two. There was first the alleged marriage of Pepita, and Lord Sackville, who after he became acquainted with her about 1852 made her his migtregs. She told him she was a married woman, and a copy of the certificate of her marriage with Oliva, a Spaniard, was found among her papers after her death. If that were true, and his lordship believed it was, then the late Lord Sackville from the first knew Pepita was a married woman and that her hus- band was alive. Therefore it made it all the more improbable that Lord Sackville would have gone through a useless form of marriage with Pepita. On June 24, 1869, the petitioner was born, and was registered as the legitimate son of Lord Sackville (Mr. Saekville-Weet as he then was) and Pepita. The last child was born in March, 1871, and was also registered ae the son of Lord Sackville and Pepita. Pepita died on March 10, 1871, and her child was buried with her. Pepita was described as the wife of Lord Sack- ville and buried as his wife. If the matter stood on these facts alone it would not be unreasonable to infer that a mar- riage had been celebrated at eome time be- tween them, but the inference was entirely re- butted by the evidence. If Pepita were the late peer's lawful wife why should he dishonour her memory by denying the fact of their marriage? and if the children were legitimate, why should he dishonour them by cruelly disowning them? There was no answer to those questions. The petitioner in a letter to his own sister referred to the fact that they were all illegitimate children. The marriage between Pepita and Oliva, however, was proved beyond all doubt, observed his lordship. The petition would therefore be dismissed with costs. I

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