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THE FORESTERS' FETE AT THE…

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THE STEP-MOTHER OF CONSTANCE…

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THE STEP-MOTHER OF CONSTANCE KENT., The Edinburgh Daily Ibeview published an account concerning this lady, reflecting upon her character in a manner that was anything but agreeable. We have great pleasure in giving the following contradiction of the truth of the former statement, whioh the same paper has published. It is very sad that scandal- mongers should add to the troubles of a respectable family by stating that which is untrue. The following is the paragraph:— We (the Edinburgh Daily Review) have received from a near relative of Mrs. Kent, residing in Man- chester, a contradiction of the narrative in a recent publication regarding circumstances in the history of the Kent family previous to the tragic event which has caused so much sensation. The accuracy of our correspondent is further vouched for by a respectable firm in the same city; and although, of course, we did not accept our information upon mere rumour, we have no hesitation in believing that the following statement, furnished to us upon the best authority, is correct. We are informed that' Mrs. Kent was never a mill-girl, or in any way connected with a mill. She was born at Tiverton, Devon, and was the daughter of one of the most respectable tradesmen in that town. She was educated from early youth in a first-class school, under the care-of a lady of superior attain. ments. In fact, she received a superior education to qualify her competently to fill the situation of a governess, and such a position she had occupied be- fore her engagement in the family of Mr. Kent. The statement of ill-treatment by her of Mrs. Kent's chil- dren has not even the shadow of truth about it. What Constance Kent instructed her counsel to say was literally the fact—that she had been treated by her stepmother with kind and forbearing love." Mrs. Kent was brought up a/a a. lady, and has always con- ducted herself as such. I must observe that Mrs. Kent's first child was born ten months after her marriage.

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