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Post by Karen on Tue 14 Feb 2012 - 22:09

I thought it would be a good idea to post up contemporary news articles in which other women named Mary Jane made the news in 1888. Mary Jane Bonell was murdered in Staffordshire on September 15, 1888 by Tom Clewes, a collier.

A savage crime was committed on Saturday in the rural district of Washerwall, about three miles from Hanley. For some time past an intimacy has existed between a widow named Mary Jane Bonnell, a cowkeeper, and a collier named Thomas Clewes, about twenty-one years old. Latterly, however, the widow has shown a decided preference for the brother of her late husband, and this appears to have aroused the jealousy of Clewes. On Sunday week, after Mrs. Connell and her three children had retired to rest he broke into the house through one of the windows, and, making his way to the bedroom, presented a loaded revolver at her, telling her that he would shoot her dead unless she consented to marry him. The woman begged for life, and the children also pleaded for their mother, and eventually he gave her half an hour in which to make up her mind. He then returned the revolver to his pocket, laid down on the bed, and went soundly to sleep. During his sleep Mrs. Bonnell took the weapon from him, and escaped with her children. Next morning she obtained from the magistrates a warrant for the arrest of Clewes, but as the man absconded it had not been served. During the whole of last week she considered it safer to sleep away from home. During Friday night Clewes again effected an entrance into her house, and awaited her return. When she came in on Saturday morning, and was in the act of drawing up the blind of one of the front windows, he came behind her and in the presence of her children dealt her several terrible blows on the head with the sharp edge of a woodman's axe and is still at large. No hopes are entertained of the woman's life.

Source: The Guardian, September 19, 1888, Page 1382

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A DISCARDED LOVER'S CRIME.
DEATH OF THE VICTIM.

The woman, Mary Jane Bonell, upon whom a collier named Clewes made a murderous attack with a woodman's axe, at Washerwall, near Hanley, on Saturday last, died at North Staffordshire Infirmary this morning. Clewes, who has written a confession of his crime, is now in custody on a charge of wilful murder.

Source: The Echo, Thursday September 20, 1888, Page 2

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A STAFFORDSHIRE CRIME.
LITTLE GIRL THE ONLY WITNESS.

The inquest on Mary Jane Bonell, 30 years of age, known as the victim of the Washerwall tragedy, was opened yesterday - and adjourned - at the North Staffordshire Infirmary. Ada Bonell, daughter of the deceased, was allowed to give evidence, though the little girl is only six years old. She stated that last Saturday morning before she was dressed, she heard her mother scream. The witness then saw a man named Tom Clewes go up to her mother with an axe and strike her on the head with it whilst she was on the floor. He then fled from the house. Other witnesses deposed to Clewes having threatened to shoot deceased, and to his having been about her house for a week before he could carry his murderous intentions into effect, notwithstanding that the police held a warrant for his arrest for threatening her during the whole of that time.

Source: The Echo, Saturday September 22, 1888, Page 3

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MURDER OF A WOMAN.

At Stafford, Thomas Clewes, 23, miner, was tried for the murder of Mary Jane Bonell, at Washerwall, near Stoke-upon-Trent, on Sept. 15. He was found "Guilty," and sentenced to death.

Source: Lloyd's Weekly London Newspaper, December 16, 1888, Page 4

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At Stamford on Friday, Thomas Clewer, a young miner, aged twenty-three, was condemned to death for the murder of Mary Jane Bonell. The case presented some pathetic features, owing to the murder having been committed in the presence of the woman's little daughters, aged eight and six, who had to give evidence concerning it. The woman, who had been a widow for two years, resided on her husband's farm at Washerwall, and had contracted an intimacy with Clewer. Becoming jealous he had threatened her, and she had consequently gone to sleep at another house for three or four nights. When she returned to her home at seven in the morning of the 15th of September, a little boy, attracted by her cries, looked through a window and saw Clewer striking her on the head with an axe.

Source: The Guardian, December 19, 1888, Page 1917


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Post by Karen on Tue 14 Feb 2012 - 22:34

Mary Jane Taylor committed suicide in Phoenix Park, Dublin, on September 21, 1888.

FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE.
IRELAND.

DIED FROM OPIUM.

DUBLIN, September 22. - Last evening a priest found a lady lying unconscious in Phoenix Park. There were several bottles marked opium near her, and three of them were empty. She was conveyed to a hospital, where artificial respiration was maintained for seventeen hours, but she died today. A solicitor has identified her as Mary Jane Taylor of Niagara, a guest for the past month of Lady Preston of Kingston.

Source: The Galveston Daily News, Sunday September 23, 1888, Page 2

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KILLED BY OPIUM.

The Sad Death in Dublin of a Lady From Niagara, New York.

DUBLIN, Sept. 22. - A priest, while walking in Phoenix Park last evening, discovered a well-dressed woman lying senseless near one of the paths. Three empty bottles that had contained opium and several full ones were found on the grass near where she lay. Help was at once summoned and the unfortunate lady was hastily conveyed to the hospital. The physicians worked hard to save the woman's life. Artificial respiration was maintained for fully seventeen hours but without avail, and the woman died today. A solicitor identified her as Mrs. Mary Jane Taylor of Niagara, New York. For a month she has been the guest of Lady Preston of Kingstown.

Source: The Sunday Herald, Sunday Morning, September 23, 1888

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FOREIGN NEWS.
FOUND IN PHOENIX PARK.

End of Mary Jane Taylor of Niagara, Lady Preston's Guest.

DUBLIN, Sept. 22. - Last evening a priest found a lady lying unconscious in Phoenix Park. There were several bottles marked "opium" near her, and three of them were empty. She was conveyed to a hospital, where artificial respiration was maintained for 17 hours, but she died today. A solicitor has identified her as Mrs. Mary Jane Taylor of Niagara, a guest for the past month of Lady Preston.

Source: The Boston Sunday Globe, Sunday September 23, 1888, Page 2

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SUICIDE IN PHOENIX PARK.

DUBLIN, Sept. 23 - A priest, while walking in Phoenix Park Friday evening, discovered a well-dressed woman lying senseless near one of the paths. Three empty bottles that had contained opium, and several full ones, were found on the grass near where she lay. Help was at once summoned, and the unfortunate lady was hastily conveyed to the hospital. The physicians worked hard to save the woman's life. Artificial respiration was maintained for fully seventeen hours, but without avail and the woman died yesterday. A solicitor subsequently identified her as Mrs. Mary Jane Taylor, of Niagara, N.Y. For the past month she had been the guest of Lady Preston, of Kingston.

Source: Daily Republican, Monday Evening, September 24, 1888

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Suicide of a Canadian Lady. - An inquest was held in Dublin on September 24 on the body of Mrs. Mary Jane Taylor, of Niagara, Canada, who committed suicide by taking poison in the Phoenix Park. Mrs. Taylor, who was possessed of considerable property in Canada, had suffered from religious mania. The jury returned a verdict of suicide while temporarily insane.

Source: The Colonies and India, September 26, 1888, Page 16


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Post by Karen on Wed 15 Feb 2012 - 23:16

SLEEPING IN FRONT OF THE FIRE.

At Charing-cross hospital, yesterday Mr. John Troutbeck held an inquiry concerning the death of Alice Hills, aged 53 years, a married woman, lately residing at 9, Little Compton-street, Soho. Robert Hills, a porter, and husband of the deceased, stated that on the 6th inst., at one o'clock in the afternoon, he left his wife alone in her room, doing some washing. There was a fire burning in the grate. About three-quarters of an hour later witness saw her in the hospital, very much burned, and she then said, "Oh, Robert, dear; I sat in a chair and fell fast asleep and got burned." The deceased was in the habit at certain times of seating herself in a chair in front of the fire whilst asleep, and witness was of opinion that she was waiting for her clothes to boil, as they were on the fire. Mary Jane Bryan, a lodger, deposed that she heard the deceased screaming, and found her standing on the landing "all ablaze." All her clothing was burnt off before the flames were extinguished. A piece of wood had evidently fallen out of the fire on to her dress. Mr. G. Barton, house surgeon, said that the unfortunate woman lingered until Tuesday, the cause of death being exhaustion. A verdict of "accidental death" was returned.

Source: Lloyd's Weekly London Newspaper, January 29, 1888, Page 12

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Post by Karen on Wed 15 Feb 2012 - 23:28

The remains of the woman Mary Jane Davies, who was murdered last week by her husband David Davies, a sailor, by cutting her throat with a razor, were interred on Monday at Cockett churchyard, Swansea.

Source: Lloyd's Weekly London Newspaper, February 19, 1888, Page 8

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THE WIFE MURDER AT SWANSEA.

David Davies, seaman, was indicted at Cardiff assizes for the wilful murder of his wife, Mary Jane Davies, at Swansea, on Feb. 7. - Prisoner had been for some weeks in a despondent state, and on the 6th prepared a rope and attached it to a beam in the kitchen to hang himself. He seemed to have taken a razor to bed with him, and on the morning of the 7th cut his wife's throat with it while she was asleep. She awoke and screamed, and he ran downstairs. His wife's mother, who lived with them, called to him and asked him what he had done, and he replied, "I have cut her throat." Mrs. Davies came out of the bedroom and followed her mother downstairs, although blood was pouring from the wound in the throat, calling, "Oh mother, mother!" She then returned upstairs, fell at the bedroom door, and died in a few minutes. Prisoner ran to High-street police-station and gave himself up, saying, "I have cut her throat." The police soon found that a murder had been committed in Hall-street, where prisoner lived. His whole demeanour while before the magistrates was that of an insane person, and in prison he was examined by medical men, who certified that he was insane. Insanity was hereditary in the family. He had a brother a lunatic, and a sister an idiot. - The jury now found the prisoner "Guilty," but also that he was a dangerous lunatic, and he was ordered to be detained in a lunatic asylum during her Majesty's pleasure.

Source: Lloyd's Weekly London Newspaper, March 18, 1888, Page 4


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Post by Karen on Wed 15 Feb 2012 - 23:36

LONG-LOST RELATIVES.

MARY JANE HODGES left Oregon, United States, in November, 1884, and arrived at Falmouth, April, 1885, since when she has not been heard of. Her father and family write.

Source: Lloyd's Weekly London Newspaper, April 22, 1888, Page 3

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SENTENCE OF DEATH.

At the Mid-Ulster winter assizes yesterday, Arthur M'Keon was indicted for the murder of Mary Jane Phillips, in Belfast, on August 30 last. The murder took place in Robert-street, a very low locality in Belfast. The case occupied the court during the entire day. The jury found the prisoner "Guilty," and he was sentenced to death.

Source: Lloyd's Weekly Newspaper, Sunday December 16, 1888

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At Ulster winter assizes, a car driver, named Arthur M'Keown, has been found guilty of the murder of his paramour, Mary Jane Phillips, in a house of ill-fame at Belfast, on August 29. He was sentenced to be hanged on January 14 next.

Source: The Hackney Express and Shoreditch Observer, December 22, 1888, Page 4


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BRUTAL OUTRAGE ON A WOMAN.
JUDAS ISCARIOT'S EFFIGY.

The Liverpool papers report a terrible outrage on a woman named Mary Jane Bert, who had resided at 46 Gore-street, Toxteth-park. It seems that it is a practice among a certain class in Toxteth-park to go about early on Good Friday morning with an effigy of Judas Iscariot stuck on a pole. A number of persons carrying such an effigy knocked at Bert's house shortly after five o'clock. They presented the effigy at one of the windows, at the same time asking for money. Bert, putting her head out of the window, requested the men to go away, at the same time informing them that she had given to another lot of men who had been round at an earlier hour. One of the men in the street then hurled a brick at her, which struck her in the eye, and burst the eyeball, the constituent parts of which were hanging on her cheek when she was taken to the hospital. After this the men ran off, and none of them have yet been apprehended. The woman being already partially blind owing to a growth of cataract, for which she was about to undergo an operation, there is only a faint hope that she may be preserved from total blindness.

Source: The Courier, April 7, 1888

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MISSING.

The father of a young girl named Mary Jane West, aged 16, stated at Bow-street police-court, on Monday, that his daughter, who was engaged in a family residing at Wharton-road, West Kensington-park, on Sunday evening left the house with the intention of going to church. Since that time nothing had been heard of her. She was of fair complexion, light blue eyes, and was dressed in a black cloth jacket, black dress, and black hat.

Source: Lloyd's Weekly London Newspaper, April 29, 1888, Page 3

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DEATHS.

WILLIAMS. - Oct. 25, Henllys, Montgomeryshire, Mary Jane Williams (late of the Home, Wakefield), eldest child of the late John Williams, Esq., of Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury.

Source: The Guardian, October 31, 1888, Page 1637

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KILLED BY A PARAFFIN LAMP.

Mary Jane Bee, whose husband is alleged to have thrown a paraffin lamp at her on Saturday night, at Grimsby, died last night from the burns she had received.

Source: The Echo, Thursday October 18, 1888, Page 2

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MYSTERIOUS AFFAIR AT HULL.

A mysterious affair occurred in Hull yesterday. On the previous day a sister-in-law of Mrs. Mary Jane Watson, who lived with her husband at No. 1, Providence-place, Finkle-street, went to that place, and found Watson and his wife had been quarrelling. The latter appeared very much bruised about the face, her right wrist was bleeding, and she was evidently the worse for drink. Nothing more was heard of them until yesterday, when a neighbour entered the house and found Mrs. Watson lying on the bed, with her face and body dreadfully wounded, and quite dead; though the body was still warm. The police were at once sent for, and the body was subsequently removed to the mortuary, where a post-mortem examination was held. The husband of the deceased was apprehended, but, up to a late hour last night, the police did not feel justified in preferring any charge against him.

Source: The Echo, Monday March 26, 1888, Page 3

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DEATH FROM FRIGHT. - Mr. Wynne E. Baxter, on Monday, held an inquest relative to the death of Mary Jane Hopkins, aged 44, the wife of a dock labourer living at 18, Park-street, Bethnal-green. It appeared from the evidence that the deceased went to visit a sister-in-law on Tuesday last, at 39, Monteith-road, Bow, and whilst there received a fright in seeing a nephew fall down some stairs. She immediately afterwards was taken in a fit, and never recovered consciousness, and a succession of fits of an epileptic character terminated in her decease on Thursday. The jury found that death was consequent upon a shock from the sudden fright.

Source: Lloyd's Weekly Newspaper, Sunday January 22, 1888

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DIVORCE DIVISION.

ROBERTS v. ROBERTS. - This was the petition of Mrs. Mary Jane Roberts for a divorce by reason of the cruelty and adultery of her husband, Mr. John Roberts. There was no defence. - The parties were married on the 18th April, 1878, at the British consulate, Shanghai, the respondent at that time being in the Chinese Imperial Maritime customs. There were two children of the marriage. They lived together upon good terms till 1882, when Mrs. Roberts was obliged to come to this country on account of her health. She corresponded with her husband, and returned to Shanghai in February, 1884, when she discovered that he had formed an improper intimacy with a Mrs. MacArthur, the wife of a marine engineer, who lived at Shanghai. This led to quarrels, and upon several occasions he was guilty of cruelty towards his wife. - His lordship granted a decree nisi, with costs, and custody of the child.

Source: Lloyd's Weekly London Newspaper, August 5, 1888, Page 1

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Post by Karen on Thu 16 Feb 2012 - 22:39

A LOCK OF HER HAIR.

The bundle of hair which Mary Jane Glosby, of Anslem-road, Fulham, held in her hand, at the Hammersmith Police-court, today, and which, she said, had been pulled out of her head, evidently surprised Mr. Paget, the presiding Magistrate, because of its extent. While she was quarrelling with the wife of William Martin, yesterday, Martin - so she stated - came in and pulled her down stairs, cutting her hand and capturing the greater part of the exhibited hair. His wife dragged out the remainder. - The prisoner was remanded, but the Magistrate granted his wife a summons for assault.

Source: The Echo, Wednesday May 23, 1888, Page 4

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STRANGE CONDUCT OF A FATHER.

A remarkable case was heard at the Manchester Assizes yesterday. John Leach, 55, a hawker, was indicted for the attempted murder of his daughter, Mary Jane Leach, at Darwen, on August 14. The prosecutrix, who is only 14 years of age, was in bed on the morning of the date named, the only other person in the house being the prisoner. It was alleged that the latter went to the girl's bedroom and attacked her with a hammer after he had been guilty of reprehensible behaviour. One of the neighbours, who was afterwards called in by the prisoner, found the girl sitting in her nightdress in the kitchen. Blood was streaming from wounds in her head, and prisoner said he was bound to kill her. There was great difficulty in getting anything like a definite story from the girl when she appeared in the witness-box, and this the learned counsel for the defence commented upon, urging that the whole circumstances of the case were such as pointed to the prisoner being a person afflicted with a certain degree of mental weakness, and one who had no deliberate intention of committing a murder. The prisoner was found guilty on the minor charge, and was sentenced to twelve months' imprisonment, with such hard labour as he might be found capable of performing.

Source: The Echo, Thursday November 29, 1888, Page 3

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THAMES.

THREATENING TO MURDER. - John Henry Marler, 32, a sailor on board the brig Albert, then lying off the Isle of Dogs, was charged with assaulting Mary Jane Pascod; also with threatening to murder her, and with attempting to stab her, and cut her throat with a knife on board the Albert. - The prosecutrix said that she came to London from Shields with prisoner. Between 10 and 10:30 on Friday night she was on board when the prisoner caught her by the throat, threw her on to the deck, and threatened to run her through with a knife, which he had in his hand at the time. The previous night he threatened to do the same thing. At Shields the prisoner asked her to come to London, and he would marry her. She was afraid of him, and did not want to have anything more to do with him. Witness, who was 20, came to London without her parents' knowledge or consent. - John Stacey, labourer, said he acted as watchman at the wharf off which the Albert was lying. On Friday night he saw the accused, who was the worse for drink. He said, "Stop me from going on board that ship tonight; if I do I shall kill that woman." Witness persuaded him to lie down, but he afterwards got up and went on board the Albert. Witness saw prisoner catch hold of prosecutrix, and say, "I will run this knife through you." He then raised the knife and witness caught hold of his arm. - Daniel Thorpe, a seaman, gave similar evidence. - Inspector Crawford, K division, said he went on board the brig. In answer to a question prisoner handed him two knives. When told the charge the prisoner used violent expressions. The young woman was taken on board as a stowaway, and unknown to the captain. - Mr. Lushington sentenced the prisoner to six months' hard labour.

Source: Lloyd's Weekly London Newspaper, August 12, 1888, Page 12

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CHARGE OF CHILD MURDER.

Jane Rayson, 62, widow; Mary Jane Rayson, 28, governess; Ada Eliza Sansom, married, 22, sister of Miss Rayson, and Samuel James Moore, 32, physician and surgeon, were charged at Bingham police-court, on Thursday, with the wilful murder of an infant child, alleged to have been given birth to by Miss Rayson. At the inquest on the body an open verdict was returned; but warrants were issued, and the prisoners apprehended by direction of the Public prosecutor.
The case against the prisoners, as stated by the prosecuting counsel, was as follows: - Up to Christmas, 1886, Dr. Moore lodged with the Raysons, and had since been their medical attendant. Last December Mrs. Sansom was visiting the Raysons, and remained several weeks. One day there was considerable commotion upstairs, Miss Rayson became ill, and Dr. Moore was fetched. After this the washing of the clothing, which previously had been done by a domestic servant named Raworth, was performed by Mrs. Rayson, sen., and Sansom and the servant were not permitted to enter the bedroom. On Christmas day Mrs. Rayson showed the girl a parcel, containing the body of an infant, lying on the garden path, with a cloth tied around its neck, marked with the name of Rayson. Mrs. Rayson did not communicate with the police until the following day, leaving the body in the garden-house all night, and then denied knowledge as to how the child came there. Dr. Moore's evidence was (according to the prosecuting solicitor) very contradictory when before the coroner. The contention of the prosecution was, that when the commotion took place in the bedroom Miss Rayson gave birth to a child, which was strangled by one of the prisoners in order to avoid the disgrace attaching to the schoolmistress; that Dr. Moore, being called in afterwards, was aware of what had taken place, and became accessory.
Raworth, the servant, bore out the opening statement, but, in cross-examination, said Miss Rayson's health had always been poor. She never heard the cry of a child in Rayson's house. Dr. Moore did not visit the house for several days before the body was found. During this witness's evidence Mrs. Sansom fainted in court.
The evidence taken at the inquest was put in. Drs. Eaton and Williams described the state of the body, which had the appearance of being born early in December, and was fully developed. The windpipe was flattened against the spine. They thought the cause of death was strangulation. The child had fully breathed, but was weak through loss of blood.
Counsel for Dr. Moore urged that he had acted only as became a medical man seeking to preserve confidence between himself and his patient; while on behalf of the mother and the married sister it was pointed out that their story had been perfectly consistent throughout, and that there was no evidence of any child having been born at Rayson's house.
The magistrates committed the schoolmistress, Mary Jane Rayson, for trial on a charge of wilful murder, but discharged the other three prisoners.

Source: Lloyd's Weekly London Newspaper, January 15, 1888, Page 3

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SINGULAR AFFAIR NEAR NOTTINGHAM.
FOUR PERSONS CHARGED WITH MURDER.

A few days ago an open verdict was returned at the inquest on the body of an infant child, found in the garden of the house of Mrs. Rayson, widow, of Bingham, near Nottingham, and Samuel James Moore, surgeon, was censured by the Jury for the unsatisfactory manner in which he had given evidence. Since then the police have instituted inquiries, which have resulted in the arrest of Mrs. Rayson, her daughter, Mary Jane Rayson, aged twenty, schoolmistress, and the surgeon, Mr. Moore. These three were taken in custody at Bingham last night, charged with the wilful murder of the infant. This morning Mrs. Sansom, the married daughter of Mrs. Rayson, who is alleged to have been present when the schoolmistress was delivered of a child recently, was apprehended at Newark on the same charge. All four prisoners have been remanded until Thursday next. Singular revelations (says the Press Association's Correspondent) are anticipated.

Source: The Echo, Saturday January 7, 1888, Page 3


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Re: Others Named Mary Jane 1888

Post by Karen on Tue 21 Feb 2012 - 2:00

EXTRAORDINARY DIVORCE PROCEEDINGS.

In the Divorce Division, today, Mr. Justice Butt had before him the case of "Blackhall v. Blackhall and Clark" (Queen's Proctor intervening). Originally the petition was that of the husband for a divorce by reason of the misconduct of his wife with the co-respondent, a barge owner. The case was heard last April, before Mr. Justice Butt and a Common Jury. There was a claim for damages, but it was withdrawn, and a decree nisi was granted. The Queen's Proctor now intervened to prevent the decree being made absolute, alleging connivance on the part of the petitioner, which disentitled him to the relief he sought.
Mr. Lockwood, Q.C., and Mr. A.B. Kelly appeared for the Queen's Proctor; and Mr. Inderwick, Q.C., and Mr. H.B. Deane for the petitioner.
In opening the case, Mr. Lockwood, Q.C., said that at the former hearing there was a plea of connivance put upon the record by the co-respondent, but not one word was said about it, nor was the claim for damages insisted upon. Investigations had been made showing

AN EXTRAORDINARY STATE OF CIRCUMSTANCES

connected with the case. The co-respondent, Mr. John Clark, a barge owner, living in Kew Bridge-road, formerly employed the petitioner, and the respondent had been a domestic servant in his employ. In 1878 Mrs. Clark died, and in June, 1879, the co-respondent seduced the respondent. On the 23rd of June, 1879, the petitioner married the respondent, and the case for the Queen's Proctor was that afterwards Mr. Clark and Mrs. Blackhall frequently misconducted themselves, this being fully known to the petitioner.
Mrs. Mary Jane Blackhall, the respondent, gave evidence in support of the Queen's Proctor's plea, and confessed to her misconduct.
In cross-examination, she said that she was now living with Clark.
Mr. John Clark, the co-respondent, and other witnesses gave corroborative testimony.

A WITNESS COMMITTED FOR CONTEMPT OF COURT.

One of the witnesses, a son of the co-respondent, in the course of the case was charged with molesting another of the witnesses, and, this being proved on sworn testimony, he was committed to prison for contempt of Court.

MR. BLACKHALL'S DENIAL.

On behalf of the petitioner and his witnesses there was a total denial of the charge of connivance. In his evidence Mr. John Blackhall said that Clark was present at the wedding. He denied that he connived at his wife's adultery. He wanted his wife to live with him, and she would not leave Clark, consequently he broke the windows and was sent to prison. Had threatened the co-respondent with a knife. Had she left Clark he would have again lived with her.

Source: The Echo, Wednesday March 21, 1888, Page 3

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Re: Others Named Mary Jane 1888

Post by Karen on Tue 21 Feb 2012 - 2:17

SOUTHWARK.
WATCH STEALING AND SMART CAPTURE.

Richard Kelly, 17, labourer, and Richard Renwick, 19, printer, were charged with being concerned together in stealing a watch from the person of Mary Janet, under very impudent circumstances. The prosecutrix, a young lady residing at Camberwell, was returning from the west and arrived at the bottom of Waterloo-road, near St. George's-circus. Detective Gray and Police-constable Brogden, of the L division, were near the spot at the time and saw the prisoners go up and say something to her, and Kelly placed his hand over her waterproof. Gray went up to her and ascertained that the prisoners had called Miss Janet's attention to the fact that her waterproof was unfastened, and took the opportunity of stealing her watch, worth 3 pounds 10s. The officers went after the young fellows, and they were captured, the watch being found on Renwick. It was shown that Kelly had been in prison before for a similar offence, but nothing was known against Renwick. - Mr. Sheil sentenced the first-named to six and Renwick to two months' hard labour.

Source: Lloyd's Weekly London Newspaper, August 26, 1888, Page 12


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