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A PIOUS FRAUD.

A WOMAN'S STRANGE STORY. -

(Per Pi'ess Association.)

NEW PLYMOUTH, February 4. A strange story of matrimonial entanglements was unfolded in the Supremo Court to-day, when Clara Berridge, of New Plymouth, widow, proceeded against the Public Trustee in the estate of Benjamin Enroth for an order to set aside the transfer or her property to Enroth, made at a! time when she believed herself his wife. Enroth, a. man of "nearly 70, lived for five years in Now Plymouth with Mrs Berridge, whom he married in 1906, stating lliat he was a widower. Enroth posed as a pious man, and taught Sunday school. He died m 1911. Subsequently it was discovered' that his name was Ebenezer Thorne, and that he had a wife living in Brisbane. . ; . ' ;i In the proceedings to-day _ evidence was given that Enroth married Kate Hoop well in England, and went to Sydney, where his wife died. He married Sarah E. 'Lane, and left her and went to England, where he married a widow named Earle. She died, and-he obtained her estate, and came to New Plymouth, and married the plaintiff" m the action in 1906. Pie induced her in 1907 to transfer land to him, making a will in her favour. Ho obtained £100 from her, built houses on fthe property, and mortgaged it for £745. He made another will, leaving her i3os a week reversiqp. When dying he had a will made iri Mrs Berridge's favour, but was. too ill to sign, and died leaving her. practically• destitute. In 19081 she met his daughter, who in the course of a quarrel said, "You are not father's wife. He has a wife in Brisbane." Enroth made a plausible explanation, which she believed. The foots came to light after his death. The case is proceeding.

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A PIOUS FRAUD., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8786, 5 February 1914

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A PIOUS FRAUD. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8786, 5 February 1914

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