A Precious Husband.
In the course of the divorce case of Brodie v. Brodie, the petitioner, Catherine Brodie, Btated that she was married to the respondent in Edinburgh on March 20, 1879. They lived together for about a week, and her husband then came to New Zealand. She followed him about two years after, and they cohabited again at WaDganui, where she again went through the marriage ceremony, Archdeacon Thorpe officiating. The ceremony was performed there because her mother did not care about the ceremony by the Registrar at Edinburgh. Witness heard that her husband was leading a fast life, and b cause she wanted to go back to her people in Great Britain he tried to shoot himself in Mr S. T. Fitzherbert's office at Wanganui. After this they went to Waimato, where the first two children were born. During their residence there he treated her badly. After the birth of her second child she had puerperal fever, and whilo she was delirious ho got her committed to the Wellington Lunatic Asylum, While Bbe was in the asylum he went to her, and said that if she would again live with him he would let her out. She consented for the sake of her children, and she was liberated. They then went to live at Belmont. During the time she waa in the asylum her baby died. After her liberation, he told her that he had been living at Greymouth with Ada Walsh, one of their former servants, and had passed her off as his wife. While they were living at Belmont he treated her more or less cruelly. After leaving Belmont they went to Te Ore Ore, near Masterton, when she was subjected to further ill-treatment. While they were living at Te Ore Ore he once threw her down, put his hand on her mouth, and dragged her into the house. On another occasion he threatened to shoot her with a revolver which he had. His behaviour towards the female servants was so bad that none of them woXild stop in the house.
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A Precious Husband., Evening Star, Issue 7938, 20 June 1889
A Precious Husband. Evening Star, Issue 7938, 20 June 1889
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