Alleged Abduction of an Heiress.
- ♦ Some rather interesting and startling particulars have come to light in connection with the alleged abduction of the young woman Isabella Smith. The man charged is a rather gentlemanly individual about thirty years of age, and answers to the name of Herr Ernest Bangers. He appeared at the Melbourne City Police Court on August 3 to answer the charge, and his appearance created quite a sensation. The accused, who has managed to ingratiate himself into the good graces of so many ladies, has had anything but an uneventful life so far as matrimony is concerned. Ho became acquainted with Miss Smith (who will be entitled to a considerable sum of money on coming of age) some time ago, and about a fortnight ago induced her to elope with him. Since the death of her mother, the late Mrs Isabella Smith, of Fitzroy, the girl has been residing with her uncle and aunt, where Dangers met her. The uncle, hearing that she was living with Dangers, wrote a letter to her, telling her to return, under the threat that be would send a detective after her. The only effect this had, however, was the following letter from the girl, addressed to her aunt: — Dear Aunt, —My husband has Just informed me of your call this afternoon, and I can only say i feel extremely sorry that you should put yourself to so much trouble on my account. At the same time, I may state that you could hardly expect to receive the desired information, as I have extracted a faithful promise from Mr
Dangers not to di-close my whereabouts to anyone until I give him leave to do so, as my stay at your house has not be a n such a happy one that i should desire to come back. At present I am thoroughly happy, and quite content to trust my whole future in the keeping of (the man I have taken for my husband; and although you may endeavor to separate us, nothing in the “wide world” will make me come back to you, or make me give him up. The threat which you throw out of getting a detective after me, if carried out, would only lead to throw disgrace upon your family, and end in me putting myself out of reach. lam quite satisfied to let all business matters rest until I arrive at majority, and, if left alone, will certainly not trouble you any more. One other point, dear aunt, is that Mr Dangers and I have been living together for a week, and from this it is unnecessary to mention more. Kindly address your letters to Windsor Fire-station. With best wishes, your niece, Bella Dangers. When Dangers was arrested two marriage certificates were found in his possession—one between himself and a woman at Fitzroy, and one between this woman and another man. He has not gone through the marriage ceremony with Miss Smith.
A woman’s virtue ought, indeed, to be great, since it has often to suffice for two. In the Bundaleer forest reserve (S.A.) 750,000 trees are to be planted. The work is now proceeding at the rate of 10,000 trees planted per day.
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Alleged Abduction of an Heiress., Evening Star, Issue 7989, 19 August 1889
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