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EX-SWANSEA GROCER ,——— "a —-—- SUED FOR "BREACH" DAMAGES. SEQUEL TO TRIP FROM LONDON. J6500 Damages. I Mr. G. Isaac, Under-Sheriff for Glamor- gan, and a jury sat at Swansea on Friday afternoon zo assess damages in the case of I Thomas v. Mathias for breach of promisol. judgment having been obtained through de- I The laintiff was Miss Elizabeth Thomas (63), College-street, -Ammanford, spinster, formerly cook-housekeeper at Palace Gar- dens, Kensington, and defendant, William Joseph (64), widower, retired grocer, of Wassail-sqllare, and now living with re- latives near renilergaer. The parties met while the plaintiff was on holidays at Swansea, and pending the marriage, which had been arranged, plain- tiff TOOK A HOUSE AT AMMANFORD, where it was understood the parties would reside. The marriage was arranged to take place Iast Easter, was postponed till July, but did not come off. Mr. Mervyn Howell (instructed by Mr. Verley Price) was for the plaintiff. Defendant was not present. Mr. Howell stated plaintiff's case, and said that when the marriage was arranged defendant told plaintiff he would allow her I a week to køep house, and AFTER HIS DEATH HE WOULD I PROVIDE JB1 A WEEK for her during her life, arid would also leave her his furniture and effects, and arrange- ments were discussed for the marriage to I take place in the following year. Defendant promised plaintiff &he should have a pony ajid trap and live in the country. Defend- ant was anxious plaintiff should' not return to London to her occupation; but as plain- tiff was still in service she had to return I and give notice to her employers, who were then in Egypt. Plaintiff's wages were £ 40 a year, board and lodging all found. Before ilaintiff returned to London defendant in- formed h?- be had property worth C3,250, and took plaintiff to see his furniture and also some of his -?property? namely, three houses in Marlborough-road, a shop in Was- ) sail-square, and he informed her he had other property in Aberdyberthi-street and Norfolk-street. She returned to London about the end of September and gave notice, telling her employers she wanted to leave i as she w? going to get married. She M.d been with h& employers over aevpn years, .and had travelled abroad a great deal with them, and her employers were very loth to part with her. Plaintiff bought several articles in London to the value of J320. Plaintiff returned to Swan- i sea on December 15th, 1912, defendant tak- ing her about and introducing her AS H^S INTENDED WIFE. Defendant bought severa l articles for' the house, and plaintiff continued buying articles out of her own monies. Plaintiff, with the I defendant's consent, took a house in Am- manford, and took boarders pending the marriage. Defendant ultimately brought his own furniture to Ammanford and com- menced lodgirfg there. They went to church or chapel regularly every Sunday. At the time of the proposal plaintiff had some money in the Post Office Bank. About Easter de- fendant put off the marriage till June, and then he asked her what she was worth. She said she had spent all her money, when defendant said he thought she had at least L200. Plaintiff, who did not look her vears spoke of the offer of marriage and the formal engagement. At Easter (the marriage time arranged) defendant began to cool off. » 4 the time of the engagement defendant did not wish her to go back, but she had lO go to give notice. St-e estimated her position was O-o-,th the" ^uivalent of R250 a year. When she returned to Swansea in December defendant took her about and introduced her to his friends as his future wife. Mr. Howell: Did he suggest you should have a motor-car? Plaintiff (amidst laughter): No; a pony and trap. In further evidence plaintiff said her rent at Ammanford was now 10s. Since she had lost her position she took in lodgers. In the ordinary way she would have saved mere, but had to support her mother. Mr. Howell: Was it defendant's personal beauty that attracted you ?-Hardly. By the Under-Sheriff: Whan defendant lodged with her he paid her £1 a weelc, Rebecca Elizabeth Aubrey, 80, College- street, Ammanford, spinster, said the locl, ed with the plaintiff. Defendant had said he had property, and he thought IF HE SOLD HIS WASSAIL-SQUARE I SHOP I he would get £ 1,000. The jury awarded RZOO and costs. I

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