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The Alleged Bigamy of a Doctor.

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Dr M'Leod, late of Wodiahtij who arrived in Sydne/under ah^i^n^&tion warranty from New t Zealand, wag charged at the ' Water: Police Court; , before Mr Addison,i.S.M., with having committed: bigamy. Theninfornjtotion set forth that on May Bth, frlSfiJ), at St. Louis, :J America^'Ke' married' Mary E. Cameron, knowing"Hist"'wife^ilary M'Leod, was, then £liv&4 t $(r Jtoberts, sen., prosecuted, and Jdr !,Charles Bull appeared for the defence. " Senior Constable Blackburn deposed to having charged the accused with the offence ? whilst he< was inf fMfetody on another charge. "* Maiy^M^cL^v, deposed that she first became acquainted with" the • accused when he was,a-minister of the Synod of; Eastern;*i'A^jklia, and preached in St George's Church, Castle- ■ reagh street.' She kriewhiinabout,six" months previous to her marriage, and was at that time, the widow of William Matson, of the firm of Fraser and C 0. .; The marriage was celebrated On July 13th, 1872, at Winslow,Darliig^int. Under her husband's: will witnew was > entitled to an annual income 6i£l 600, : but on her marriage this was reduced to .£SOO. She had, ,however,^re»dys. money at her disposal to the amount of | £1800, and this she handed over to the prisoner at,his.request.,., After the marriage they went to Graftkh'to^live,

and. afterwards to,. Scotland^-where difficulties first Kbegan/^Hile'^ her v husband left her while he proceeded alone to Canada, under th^sprettnce of - buying land to settle a nuint^F'pl his' relatives on. A few. weeks, later?witness followed him to Montreal and;here they lived, a miserable, r years, during which time? the accused succeeded in obtaining, bis M.D. degree at Montreal College. Theythen returned to England, where prisoner's conduct became worse.. Witness had only £500 remaining from: the sum left her and this he eon*" manded her to hand over. She, however, refused, whereonv-he Jbeat her most unmercifully about'the*head and shoulders'. ,He then locked the .doors and forced her under threats oV violence to write letters and sign documents fixing on him \a7yearly income. His conduct becoming daily more, brutal she :was eventually forced to, leave him. • She, however, his < promising good behaviour, again joined him in Boston, but" a repetition of his conduct in London taking,, place she left him.for the last 'tim&/ii^Sh^kext heard of him in Sydney about December, 1889, on his arrival from America, when he wrote to her asking for money. The whole' trouble of ih'eir married life was , the prisoner's desire -to obtain possession of her money.' - SBeferw saw the second wife, Mary E. Cameron, about three weeks back, when they. had a conversation about the accusod. , .By Mrßull-MDnHearing'of ajccuaed's presence in Sydney she obtained & protection order against him and. subsequently instituted proceedings for divorce. She had no knowledge at the time of the accused's second marriage, but she had frequently detected him in acts of immorality. ; • 5•. y Some, formal evidence having been given. . ...,.-• '

Mary Elizabeth ..Xtaninfa deposed^ that she was a 'naWe-of^ St Louis, America, and was married to the accused in that city on May^tjh, 1889. She was under the imprelkoW^hat he was a widower, as he told.her.that. his wife had died a happy death at London some yearsrpreyic»sly.,; -He appeared to feel her loss acutely, and on one occasion, on %hb matter being referred to,, saw* to/witness,^ "^No l inkn has s,usejjed more^ under the ; married jokfc tha^i I have." A" few-months after marriage she received information o£ the fact that his wife "'was. still living, but this he firmly denied,, swearing on the Bible that sh#. had Ijeens dead for some years, Sfesubse^ufently ill : treated witn^s, J, in a^'shftmeful ■ manner assi frequently :> His. coijiduct at last became unbearaible, iand: they -separated,:. ;Pre\riotis: to their 'marriage the Reused was preaching at the church she a,ttencled,liMKi- he m'isfc hay» had, good; credentials in ordej* to \vg&% thaij position. Before the separation accused had broken open act'boxes. fand ransacked them, and m retaliation she opened his box, and, fwtnd paper» therein whioh proved to^ her-he was leading a false lii&. ' : ! l . ..."-". Three letters: w*ftten by the ic^usedl we're the.ft put hi as evidence!'^These* 'wer-e> ftill of religious sentiment* ands jphra^es. , . ■ --'-j'«i The case was then adjourned.

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The Alleged Bigamy of a Doctor., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2423, 7 May 1890

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The Alleged Bigamy of a Doctor. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2423, 7 May 1890

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