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MARRIAGE WITHOUT MEANS.

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MARRIAGE WITHOUT MEANS. A MOLD GIRLS MISFORTUNE. AT Handsworth Police Court, before Messrs. J. B. Lees, E. H. Stringer, and J. H. Pearson, Annie Crump applied for a maintenance order against her husband, William Beriah Cramp, no occupation, of 19, Sycamore Boad, Hands- worth. Mr. W. F. Jeffrey, who appeared on her behalf, stated that prior to her marriage the plaintiff was a nurse in an asylum in North Wales. While down there on a visit defendant met her, and told her a glowing story as to his position. His father was a gentleman, and'his grandfather a doctor with an income of f20,000 a year. He further said he would benefit under his grandfather's will, and that he was in a situation at Tangye's and had money in the bank, some of which he would settle upon her. In view of these statements she consented to marry him. After the wedding they came to Birmingham, and she then found that not only was he without situation or means, but that he was living with his relatives and relied upon them for the means of exis- tence. They lived togeth«r for three weeks, and then he resolved to get rid of his wife, and in order to do so he practiced a deception which for depth was unparalleled. He wrote two letters to her father, in the first of which he said It is now nearly a month since you gave your daugher in marriage to me, and during that time things have gone on with tolerable satisfaction, except for the circum- stance of my having been out of employment from the day of my marriage up to the present which very much troubles Annie; but since a disturbed state of mind will not improve matters, I try to assure her that a cheerful patience is far the better course, knowing that the path of life is not always smooth. I wish her to come and spend a time with you while in this unfortunate position, but she says she would not care to. She is quite well. I find she is not so careful as to her health as she might be. For instance, I have noticed her walk upstairs, and so on, without nothing but stockings -a course which will encourage rheumatism, to which she inclines constitution- ally. I hope that by repeated eorrections to make her more regardful of herself.' The second letter was written on April 16th, in answer to the reply of the first. It was also written to complainant's father, whom it accused of lack of parental affection. Defen- dant added that he was still out of employ- ment, and his means of maintaining his wife was quite exhausted. Therefore one of two alternatives would have to be taken. Firstly, she will return to the guardian care of her father and mother (how sweet the sound of mother) and, secondly, failing that, she will take a situation.' To this note was added the following highly-poetic, but somewhat vague posteript :There is nothing in this world so sensitive as affection. It feels its own happi- ness too much not to tremble for its reality, and starts ever and anon from its own delicious consciousness to ask 'Is it not indeed a dream?' A word and a look are enough either to repress or encourage.' Mr. Shakespeare (magistrates' clerk): Is that a quotation ? j Mr. Jeffery: I believe he has rather a poetic I nature. Continuing, Mr. Jeffery said that, not content with that, defendant wrote two anony- mous letters to friends of the complainant's father. In one he said For some reason or other, Mr. Crump has already separated from his wife, late^ Annie Hargreaves, Hill Farm. I he truth will out sooner or later, have patience,' The second read: Mr. Crump, who was lately married at Mold, has for some reason already parted from his wife, late Annie Hargreaves, of Hill Farm, near Mold. °"RS yuly» NEMO.' The only construction to be placed upon such letters was that he desired to convey an innuendo reflecting upon complainant. Defendant 4v as one of those gentlemen who walked about and thought they could get their living by keeping their hands in their pockets. In answer to a request from his wife that he should earn a living, he said it was only fools'who worked. He thought the ability of the defendant to work would be amply proved. His letters showed that he had received a good education, which ought to place him in a position of earning at least £ 2 a week. Plaintiff was then called, and having cor- roborated the opening statement, added that she found that the defendant's banking accounts only amounted to JE3, and that he had not been in a situation for six years. She stayed with him for about three weeks, and then got a situation for a month before going back home. Miss Crump (defendant's sister) told her that she must go, as she could not support her. She told defendant, and he said he could not find a home for her. She must go. Mr. Shakespeare (to defendant): You admit deserting her, do you? Defendant: No, sir. Do you admit not finding her a home ? Yes. Well, that is deserting her, you know. You admit that she was obliged to leave the house? She was not obliged to leave; she was not turned out. But advised that she could not stay ? That my sister could not support her or any one else. And you admit that you had no means to support her? Yes. And you don't want to live with her? I do want to live with her. Well, how are you going to keep her? When I have the means to support her I will do so. Are you prepared to take her to-day and find her a home? I have no means to support her. And you were in the same position when you married her ? Yes. Well, why did you marry her ? I must have been led away by mv feelings (laughter). Mr. Stringer I think the word failings would better describe the position. Mr. Shakespeare: Yott,adii-it you did wrong to marry her? I admit it was not a wise course to pursue. Mr. Lees: Were you ever employed at Tan- gye's? Defendant: No. Mr. Shakespeare. Then 111 these statements were untrue. About the £20,000 a year ? I never made such a statement. Mr. Shakespeare: What about the substantial wedding present? I eannot account for that. Mr. Shakespeare: Have you anything else to say ? Defendant: I can say no more than that I was quite carried away by my feelings and did not know what I was about. If I could pro- cure employment. Mr. Lees: Why don't you try! Mr. Shakespeare: What is your business? I have never been in any business because of ill health. Mr. Shakespeare: How do you live? My father and sister have kept me. Mr. Jeffery: He never tries to get work, and never will. Mr. Lees: It would be difficult for us to be carried away by our feelings in expressing our contempt for a man who compelled his wife to make such an application. We think you are a heartless scoundrel. It is impossible to charac- terise your conduct in anything like moderate terms. We shall make an order that your wife will no longer be bound to cohabit with you, and you will have to make a payment of 10s. per week towards her maintenance, and that you pay the whole of the costs, including her solicitor's fee. Defendant asked for time to pay, and again said he had no means. Mr. Lees: Well, wheel a barrow. You'll get £1 a week at that, and it will do you good. Defendant: I ha ve my physical health to consider.

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