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Suing a Live Man for His

„ Apparently, the^ last.of ; the- r mypt*rious drowning, or suicide case ,at WilliamstownV in" which 'a man named Bluett was supposed t<> have .been buried -.twifiey but is sci^f'alive, has not .been Heard of. It will'tiei remembered .that,;tjhsubody, jof a man much resembling Bluett, wiip,recently started in business as dai^yniaji^io^ the village, was found on, tlie ,BlAjßk ; ' ! S^Ach. Tfo'e^emams werc..renibv|ed to. the. "local morgue, and in due course, an..'inquest held, resulting, through.,theV.atipng evidence; produced by Con»tabl^ <s*rdner as to,', thp body 'not being the missing daily] man 7ln ah 1 adjournment. Subsequently, however, the evidences as to identity were so conflicting that the ( jury returned an open; verdict. '. Mrs Bluett still maintained that: the body was that of her husband, and made arrangements with the' undertaker to defray thS'expense of a decent burial.' " She'also "had the name of her supposed dead husband put on the Jcdffin. .f Some small amount: of.Mnohey found ori the dead corpse was also handed over to her, which she has since returned to the police. After an absence of over a i month, Bluett turned up alive nd well, the result of which is that legal- proceed •> ings are now to'be taken against him for his burial. Tn an interview with the undertaker * (Mr Shepherd), he told our reporter that up to the prosent time he had not received .any money, and is in the position that the police authorities refusei to recognisel any claim-upon "^he Goveninient lfor even *.pauper's iborial, he having taken his instructions from Mrs [Bluett. He has seen both .Mr.'and Mrs Bluett, and they state it will be all right Tin- time, '•■ aStMthe : amount! lirill be liquidated,: but iig: he. considers delays are dangerous, and has been advised thai) he cantrecover thu amounts from .Bluett as the work was performed under his wife's orders, he intends taking legal steps, for ; tlie recovery. The decision will be looked forward to „with interest.—Melbourne '^Herald." '.. ; ..'.,. .'■ „ [.;■ /, '„•

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2449, 24 June 1890

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Suing a Live Man for His Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2449, 24 June 1890