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(Per Press Association.)

WELLINGTON, February 10. At the Supreme Court the Chief Justice, delivered judgment in a case in which the Official Assignee in bankruptcy proceeded against John White Harding, bankrupt, under a statute of Queen Elizabeth for an order to be made setting aside the settlem Mit made by bankrupt on his wife.. The action was brought by the Offieinl Assignee to set aside the-transfer of two properties made by the defendant to his wife prior to tlipir marriage on November 4, 1911. Hi.', Honour held that the marriage was arranged on a basis of settlement. "Tn my opinion," continued his Honour, "Harding would not have married her (his wife) but for the fact that he was in financial difficulty and wished to try- and save the property that would have gone to his -creditors for his own purposes. The settlement doos not provide for the children. If he had been willing to marry his wife in June the marriage would have been carried out without any settlement." Judgment was given for the . plaintiff with costs as on ■ a claim for £2000, with fee for second counsel according to scale and for three days extra at £15 15s ;l day, witnesses' expenses and disbursements any any mleivhmttcry costs that were reserved. His Honour added that the minutes of the decree would have to be drawn up and approved.

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ANCIENT STATUTE., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8791, 11 February 1914

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ANCIENT STATUTE. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8791, 11 February 1914

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