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THE LOCAL BREACH OF PROMISE CASE. HEARTLESS CONDUCT OF A NEATH SOLICITOR. PRESS COMMENTS. Voyages to India. (says the Daily News) have for generations been the very inspiration of love- makinl" and of matrimony. But Mr Price, the solicitor, was not going as far as India, and he did not even wait for the steamer to get to Malta for his love-making and his offer of marriage. Who ever loved," asks Marlowe, "that loved not at first 8ight" Mr Price possibly had not read Marlowe, but he certainly aeted or professed to act on Mar- lowe's principle. He declared himself madly in love with Miss Mitchell, and begged her to marry him. She told him sfte must wait for the consent of her guardian. A long and loving correspondence took place while she was in India and the defendant was in England. The letters of the defendant were unusually amorous even for a breach of promise case. He described himself as man of liberal means, a man possessed of landed property and an extensive practice. Miss Mitchell consented to marry him. But when she came back to England, she could not find him. She wrote to him again and agan. and last she wrote to his unc.e. From the uucle she received a telegram an- nouncing that the defendant had died of blood poisoning "But as the defendant appeared 111 court before tn" Under-sheriff yesterday, we may take it for granted chat the story told in the telegram was not true. In fact, it appeared that the evading lover had prepared, or helped in preparing, the telegram himself. One would have thought that a lawyer of any kind would know better than to fancy he could pass bimselt off for dead in the England of to-day merely on the strength of a telegram concocted by himself. Of coursf he was easily discovered and brought to life again. Lord Willoughby D'Eresby asked the other night whether the ghost which he ex- pected to inherit with the ancestral estate would coirie within the scope of the Chancellor of u the Exchequer's death duties. The substantial ghost of the self slain solicitor was promptly made amenable to the junstiction of the sheriff's court. The only defence set up was that Mr Price had not an inch of land and was quite a poor man, and that his fine stories about himself and his horses and lands were about as true as his telegram. ine under-sheriff commented with no undue severity on the conduct of Mr Price. Speaking of the telegram trick he declared that "a more disgraceful, shameful, and cruel deed had never come to light before him during the many years be had sat in a court of law." The jury awarded £300 damages. There would have been little use in awarding any more, after what had been disclosed concerning the real condition of the defendant's finances. The under-sheriff could not help saying that, while damages must be awarded, happy was the woman who bad escaped becoming the wife of such a man as the defendant." There was applause in court—and we are not surprised—at this declaration. A WARNING TO LAWYERS, In the breach of promise action in which Miss Grace Rani Mitchell has secured a verdict against Mr Benjamin Price, a Welsh solictor, there are several incidents which are calculated (remarks the Daily Telegraph) to fill the average mind with amazement. That a solicitor, of all people in the world, should take to writing bve poetry appears to be an inversion of the order of nature which, if the example were widely followed, would throw our whole legal machinery into inextricable confusion. Every- body feels instinctively that prese is the proper and natural medium in which a lawyer should always enshrine his thoughts. Yet Mr Price so far forgot the dignity of hi* profession as to assure the young hidv to whom he had offered his hand that though now in another country "— moaning India—" and many miles apart, and though he could not see his darling, yet no Other had his heart." It cannot honestly be said that 011 the strength of this stanza alone Mr Price has as yet established much of a claim to the vacant Laureateship; but the powers of imagination which he developed, especially in describing his own abundant wealth, his teams of horses, his landed estates, and his sumptuous way of living generally, were undoubtedly of a very high order. Even his ordinary letters to his lady-love were filled with flowers of fancy. Many men, he remarked, married when not in a. position to do so his own case was exactly the reverse. He was the happy possessor of a gilded cage, "but there was no bird inside." fhis is a pretty plece of amorous imagery, and, if Mr Price failed to charge six and eightpence for it a.t the very lowest, he ha reason to be surprised at his own moderation. Unfortunately the aifection which he had felt for the plaintiff, Miss Mitchell, wheD he first met her on boara a P. and O. steamer, gradually cooled. As a matter of fact, he had nu grand estates to which to take her, and as he desired to get out of his engagement he sent a telegram purporting to come from his uncle, announcing his own death very suddenly, of blood poisoning." The trick was a cowardly and cruel one, and it is satisfactory to find thai, it was not in the least degree successful. The young lady has been given B500 out of the pockets of her deceiver by a sympathetic jury in the sheriff's couit. Perhaps the case will act as a warning to lawyers when in love to avoid break- ing into poetry. The habit does not come naturally to them, a.nd, while their verse is almost certain to be of inferior quality, it is sure to increaso the damages if the affair should ever claim the attention of a judge and jury. It is possible, of course, to extract poetry from un- promising material; thus even Leading Ca-ses" have before now been versified by members of the profession. But Mr Price had not got beyond the lowest slopes of Parnassus, and in his case the Pierian stream very speedily ran dry. Hence- forth he should abandon billets-doux for bills of costs, and content himself with whatever poetry may lie latent in Order Fourteen A PEIUL OF THE SEA. Is was on an ocean steamer that Mr Price made the proposal of marriage of which he afterwards repented, and (the Daily Graphic points out) h« is by no means th9 only man who baB, under such circumstances, opened upmatrimonial pour-parlers which he has subsequently recognised to be ill- advised. There is always something about a sea voyage, unless it happens to be rough, which throws a halo of romance over the comtr. on place, and induces young people of one sex to idealise young people of the other sex who are by no means those whom heaven has ordained to make them happy. Let such take warning from Mr Price's unfortunate voyage to Cythera, and be- ware how they think too lightly of the perils of the sea. SUDDEN ATTACK OF DAMAGES. A trip in a P. and 0, steamer is (according to the Daily Chronicle) a notoriously dangerous thiug for susceptible bachelors. Yesterday, at Sheriff Burcheli's court, a Neath solicitor was called upon to pay £300 as tho price of five days' flirtation between London and Suez. The parties had become well acquainted by the time the. Rock was passed the proposal came off at Malta, and the acceptance at Suez. Her. however, cruel fate tore them asuuder. He had to land for Egypt, she had to go on to Bombay. A diligent corre- spoudence, samples of which were read in court, served to keep the flame alive for a time. But when tbe lady returned to England it had flickered out in the legal breast. He was driven to the somewhat clumsy expedient of shamming a sudden decease-tile victim, so the telegram ran. of a "sudden attack of blood-poisoning." Whether the lady had her suspicions does not appear, but a timely visit to the registrar's office at Somerset House was sufficient to dispose of the fiction, and now it is a sudden attack of damages that the gentleman from Neath is suffer- ing from. POOR NEPHEW. Can any man (Birmingham GazcUe), with a fit and proper sense of humour, really desire to abolish breach of promise cases ? An action between Miss Grace Mitchell and Mr James Price, a Glamorganshire solicitor, is a strong argument, from the amusement point of view, in favour of their continuance. The two met on a voyage to India, where the plaintiff had arranged to visit her godfather, the Rajah Rampal Singh of Oude. On tbe way out the balmy southern breezes fanned the glow of friendship into the flame of love, and before Suez was reached Mr Price had pro- posed, and was conditionally accepted. He returned to England from Suez, and when the young lady arrived in India she formally accepted his offer. Absence made the heart grow fonder, but when Miss Mitchel! came home to carry out the marriage contract, Mr Price coolly ignored her letters. She then wrote to his uncle, and got a telegram saying that Poor nephew died very suddenly at Bristol of blood-poisoning." In reality, poor nephew was alive and well, and had concocted the telegram to get rid of hie whilom charmer. Feminine curiosity, however, baffled his efforts. Miss Mitchell, being of a practical mind, went to Somerset House to see the certificate of his death, and there found out the true state of affairs. poorer, and Miss Mitchell is that much in pocket. Poor nephew he is in mora than one sense poorer in worldly riches, poorer in reputation, and poorer in that subtle imagination which formerly deteoted humour in the telegram trick.