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Tell-tale letters - 1919

Loughborough Herald - 12th June 1919

Thomas William Smith, labourer, Great Casterton, was summoned by his wife Maria, of Quorn, who asked for a separation and maintenance order. Defendant did not appear, and Mr Lancaster said the parties were married in 1900, and there were five children, of whom three were now dependant.

Defendant join the army in 1914, and when he was home on leave on one occasion while his wife was brushing his coat she found letters showing that he had been intimate with two other women. She taxed him with this, and he wrote admitting it and promising reform. Last November a letter came addressed to him from a woman at Blackpool. He was demobilised in February, and had not been home since. Applicant confirmed this statement and said her husband had been a brute to her all their married life.

The Bench, on the advice of their clerk, was not satisfied as to the evidence of desertion since February and the case was adjourned for the issue of a fresh summons.

 Submitted on: 2011-09-20
 Submitted by: Kathryn Paterson
 Artefact ID: 1403

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