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(Woßtland correspondent, "Lyttelton "Time A") In your iesuo of December 3rd last I made ret'erenoe to a remarkable bit of real life, nnmely,the oaeeof a veritable per of the realm who had for years gained a eomowhat preparioue livelihood aß a working miner, and at the Hrae I wrote was lying on a eick bed aod wai aotually ip repoipt charity and hep from hie kind -hearted neighbors I am dow very happy to state that 11 JJartram " is slowly but surely recover Ing from hie very severe illoeas, and hopes are entertained ' by bis medical advieer that be will be about m the courso of another month .

Balram, by-the-way is only 64 years of age, not 70 at at itod m my letter above referrtd to ; and as it is bis fixed intention to instiuto proceedings for the recovery of bis title and oHtate*, the whole of his very extraordinary history will be made known, and no doubt will at some future date form material for a highly sensational drama. The facts of the caso, so far as I understand them, are as follows :— Many years ago the Earl of married tho widow of a certain literary magnate who by hjai had two eons of whom tbe man we call Bat tram is the elder. Both entered tho armyj the younger got a commisnion m tho Life Guards, Bnd Butt am becamo lieutenant In a crack cavalry reglrrent, and at the tim* I write übout. wan on a visit to his father's eetai oin Esbox ; wbilo there, ho became acquainted with tbo family of a London banker, through an introduction by his your ger brother, and within three months was the accepted suitor of tbe banker's t))ird daughter, and scon after waß married at Hanover square, London Immediate'y after the wedding, and before the aarnago could reach home— (the family wore then living at their town mansion m Porfman square)— h'B yoong wife was. taken seriously ill, and rsroaiaed so for nearly two months. Part of the time Bartram was not allowed to see her, as ber reason was said tp bo seriously affected . 1 hero is no doubt at thfa time he was very much attached to her, and deeply deplored her dangerous situation In faot at times his own reason eeeoaed to be on the wane, at.d foaiß were entertained by his frionds that he also would be laid on a bod "of sicknees Fortunate'y his wife recovered, and st j ps wore at onoo taken towards removing to their own home m Park In no At this time tbe brother had exchanged into thp — th, then under oidorH for India, nnd on the very night of their arrival at their new residence had come to bid them goodbye, previous to starting on his journey^ All that took plaoo on that occasion can never be made known, as the only living witness now is Bar tram, and he, no doubt, was not m his rfgbt mind, and remembers little of what transpired beyond tho horrible, maddening, degrading faot that bis wife's illness bad been oooaaloned by a premature birth, bta own brother having been her reducer. He aleo recollects being arrested for attempted murder of his wife and brother, of bciug In a private lonatlo asylum, and, lastly, of making bis e;oape through the kind assistance of the Rev. , who, singular to relate, was unt|l very lately, the rouoh-reupeoted In* ouoabent of ft certain Melbourne church. For years B»rtram led a wandering purposeloss life m tho wilds of Afrioa and North Amorloa, and tome seventeen years ago came to tbo colonies, and alter visiting Sydnoy and Victoria, settled on tbe West Ooast as a gold digger. Borne two years and A half ago It came to his knowledge through tbe Borne News that his brother, who must have succeeded to tbe title and estate on tbe death of his father, had also died leaving a son, who Is now thought to be the rightful heir, and sits In the House of Lords »s a peer of the t ro&lra.

Mr " Bartram " ha« already taken the first step to^ardi prosecuting bit olalm, and "fßcl&vita by himself and his medical attendant, together with documentary evldenoe oalcalated to prove his identity, haye been forwarded to Messrs Lewis and Lewis, the great Londou ■ojloltora. f!he further development of this remarkable QKte will be wt)tota4 wUh Ifttpteit,

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A TALE OF A TITLE, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2068, 20 February 1889

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A TALE OF A TITLE Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2068, 20 February 1889

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