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A FLINT DOCTOR AND HIS ¡ WIFE. I At the Flint Petty Sessions on Wednesday, the Mayor (Alderman J. Hali) in the chair, an application was made by Mr. J. P. Marston, Mold, on behalf of Dr. Stewart Kirkpatrick, for the variation of an order made on the 2nd of November last, whereby his wife was gran- ted a judicial separation. Mr. Brassey, of Chester, appeared to oppose the application. Mr. Marston explained that by the term of the order referred to, the applicant was to allow his wife 24s. per week, and she to have the custody of their only child. This arrangement was made privately between the solicitors of both parties, and was simply confirmed by the Court without having any evidence, and his client now stated that he was entirely ignorant of the terms of the order until it was levied upon him, and he now asked the b3nch to vary the order to 10s. per week, and to give the father the custody of the child. Owing, he contended, to the conduct of his wife his practice had been spoiled, and consequently he had been compelled to file a petition in the bankruptcy court, and now he had absolutely nothing which he could call his own, everything had been banded over to the official receiver, from whom he had borrowed the horse and trap which he now used for the purposes of his profession. Even on Tuesday night, his wife had gone to his house and created a disgraceful disturbance. Dr. Kirkpatrick corrobotated his solicitor's statement, and said that his cash takings for last week only amounted to one shilling, and the week- before, Is. 6d., and he received from appointment a salary of about £78 6s. Out of this he had to pay his coachman El a week. His wife had attacked him in the public streets, calling him a murderer, and charging him with serious criminal offences which were entirely baseless, and she was guilty of using most foul language. In cross-examination he at first stoutly deo ied ever having signed a document agreeing to pay his wife 21s. per week, but on being further pressed, he admitted that he might have done so, but he didn't recollect doing it. He remem- bered that it was to have been £100 a year, if his income exceeded a certain limit. His wife was a widow when he married her, with four children, so that there would be six people to maintain on his offer of IOJ. per week. When he first took over the practise it was estimated to be worth from 9400 to JE500 a year. His wife had advanced him 9100 to pay for the practice, and there was a balance of 915o still owing for it. Mr. Brassey contended that the whole of the applicant's proceedings were simply a dodge to get out of paying hisjjust liabilities, and that having filed his petition in bankruptcy, he was now in a better position than ever to carry out his agreement. He owed his wife over JE300, and there was no prospect of her ever getting a penny of it, as his assests were practically nil. Mrs. Kirkpatrick was called and said that while she lived with her husband she kept all his books, and wrote his business letters, and that during the first six months of his practice, he was earning at the rate oi aboui £ 12 or jEI5 a week, but owing to his conduct towards her his practice had considerably diminished,.and he was not making more than about 9300 a year at present. She had raised £300 as a mortgage on her property in order to start him in the practice as he had practically nothing of his own, and she was now dependent upon the 24s. per week, and what little she could earn herself for her living. The bench after some deliberation decided that there was not sufficient evidence to justify them in varying the order.


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