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Reported Wairarapa Elopement.

A somewhat sensational account of an alleged olopement is given by the Wairarapa Star. According to our contemporary, a young " remittance man " named Ellers, formerly master of the native school atTe Ore Ore, who had married a chief's daughter named Men Isaiah, has been for some time converting the property whioh came with his wife into oosh. A few weeks ago he received £520 from Home, and went to Wellington, whore he laid siege to Mrs. Ted Murphy, wife of a groom. A Masterton tradesman found him out, and succeeded in getting settlement of a debt of £200. This induced qnite a deputation of other Masterton tradesmen to endeavour to find the erring one, but this timo he managed to keep out of their way. At half -past eleven on Friday (adds the Star) Ellers and Mrs. Murphy started overland in a carriage and pair en route for Napier via Masterton. Nothing occurred to mar the pleasure of the fugitives till the railway bridge at Kaiwarra was reached. Here Ted Murphy and a constable, with two stalwart assistants, tried to waylay the runaways, but a cutting reproof from tho driver oompelled them ,to release the reins, and Mrs. Mnrphy waving her handkerohief over her shoulder, drove away from the despairing view of her half-desperate husband. At Featherston they had tea, changed horses, and telegraphed to Masterton, asking Mr. Neil to send a buggy and man to Carterton to wait their arrival at the Marquis of Normanby, The order was complied with, but in the meantime somebody had been good enough to apprise the bereaved and much wronged Mrs. Ellers of the escapade. When they arrived in Masterton, an unexpected reception awaited Mrs. Murphy, for in the dark she leaped into the arms of Mrs. Ellers, who promptly buried her hands in her hair, and gave her a slight taste of the exquisite bliss whioh an American realises at the hands of a soalping Indian. Loud soreams ensued and the unfaithful Ellers bowled bis shut fist against the eye of the woman he had vowed to oherish till death with such precision as to knock her down and nearly olose her orbit. In the Bouffle and uproar that followed, Mrs. Mnrphy and the runnaway Ellers faded from view, and whither they have gone or where they are concealed is now the problem to be solved.

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Reported Wairarapa Elopement., Evening Post, Volume XXVII, Issue 77, 31 March 1884

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Reported Wairarapa Elopement. Evening Post, Volume XXVII, Issue 77, 31 March 1884

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