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[. The following curious action for illegal distress was heard in the Court of Coui--i mon Pleas recently. The plaintiff, “Catheriueßolland, CountessHeiurueth,” t wa* of Irish extraction. She first married . a Russian onicer ; secondly Mr Hicks, a 1 Justice of the peace for the county of , Gloucester; and, as slie owned, thirdly, : Agustus Rolland, Major in tlie French , army, from whom she procured a divorce' in December, 1870, in New York. Being ► engaged in litigation, for the recovery of some property in America, she left for New York in 1872, having executed on the 23 th of September a bill of sale to Charles Furbor to secure an advance from him of £4OO from which he had deducted £4O for interest at 20 per cent for six months. The defendant was a money I lender, and, under the power of the bill, seized and sold the goods assigned thereby. Irregidarities, non-advertisement, negligence, and excessive sale were charged against the other defendants, the auctioneers, Messrs Furber and Price, and that they hail not accounted for nor handed over the surplus of the proceeds after paying the advance and all their costs. Th - cross-examination of the plaintiff elicited | frank admission that she had been pro. muineed to have committed pe' jury and forgery in her American litigation by tha Judge who tried her cause ; that she had bigauiously married Major Rollan ■, with Mr Hicks’ knowledge and consent ; he indeed, “ bad seen them off together in the railway; ” and as to « 'Udder from Mr Hicks to her commencing, “ aiy | dearest wife,” and couolu ling P>I member me most kindly to -'ojaads wif she owned “ That ir me S:;*j hud borne two eluld-en while inn.: nod io ilie major, 'whi .b were by “ another man.” These twins she had endeavored to provide with a rather by charging four different persons with their paternity. Cardinal Manning, when a plain priest, bad been her confessor, and she kept a cafe in EJgware Road. Among the items in her “ gallerjr of valuable paintings,” “an allegorical subject” by Rubens roabsed £1 10s; another by the same mister, “ Belisarius,” £1 8s ; a Murillo, £8 ; a head by Rembrandt, 14s ; “ a head of a saint,” by Caraaci, 11s ; “ a bookcase of Irish manufacture of an early date,” £*(>; a superbly sculptured reclining figure in statuary marble,” £llss ; the whole of the choice and costly collection together with the furniture, fetching £1,017. The unabashed announcement by the fair plaintiff that the deceased Hicks connived in the manner described at her bigamy exhausttd the patience of the Court. Lord Coleridge ; Really, how long am I and the jury to be ir suited by hearing this woman’s perjuries. (To the jury.) Gentlemen, do you believe a word she says ? The jury ; Not one word. Verdict and judgment for the defendants.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume I, Issue 20, 11 November 1879

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Singular Case. Ashburton Guardian, Volume I, Issue 20, 11 November 1879