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Frederick H. Pearce, Canadian soldier, formerly of Sydney, Australia, thought Jt would be a line thing to return from the war zone quietly to San Francisco and surprise his wife, afteiy she had-been officially notified that lie had died from gas in France. A day'or two ago he arrived in the Califprnian metropolis, and went direct to the Dalt Hotel, where he had kissed his wife good-bye when he left to join the British colours on July 28, 1916—and his wife was not there; one knew where she was, or if she- were living or dead. When Pearce stalked iTfto the hotel lobby the employees who had known him ■ before he was a soldier were genuinely frightened. "With the usual human weakness for the incredible, tliey for a moment regarded Pearce as the returned spirit of the man who had gone out and died for his country; for they, too, had been told that Pearce was dead, and had witnessed the grief of his bereaved wife. "Where is my wife?" demanded Pearce, a bit nettled by the dumbness and the staring that greeted him. "She is gone, sir," spoke up an attendant, whose belief in spooks was not so gripping as that of his fellows. Before Pearce became a soldier he was a lawyer in Sydney, and he and his wife, who before her marriage was Alma Chick, had been in San Francisco for 18 months when Pearce enlisted with the Seventh Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Forces. He left his wife ab tiie Dalt Hotel, and journeyed to Victoria, where he was mustered into the service, and he was sent overseas during September, 1916.

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A LAWYER'S SURPRISE., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9586, 14 April 1919

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A LAWYER'S SURPRISE. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9586, 14 April 1919

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