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A will case of great local interest was commenced in the Napier Supreme Court on Wednesday, and was expected to last a week, but unexpectedly collapsed yesterday. A retired blacksmith, named Fletcher, recently died, leaving about L 5,000 or L 6,000 worth of property. In 1880 he made .a will in favor of his daughter, but after his death Parker (a local blacksmith) produced a will leaving everything to him. Fletcher was a great friend of Parker, and had given him material financial assistance. Last year, according to Parker’s evidence, the old man told him to make out the will, say n' he wished it kept a secret. Parker employed a man named Flanagan to draw it up, using his (Parker’s) own will for a model. It was signed by Fletcher iu Parker’s office, and witnessed by Flanagan and one of Parker’s workmen. Before the evidence on behalf of Parker had concluded, his counsel (Messrs Garble and M'Lean) Intimated their desire for a conference with Messrs Coruford and Dick, who appeared for the executors under the first will. When they returned into Court it was announced that Parker’s counsel had advised him that the evidence was not strong enough to prove a will made under such circumstances ; accordingly probate was granted to the first will, with costs on the highest scale. It transpired in evidence that for several years past Fletcher had given Parker bills for a largo amount. These were not met at maturity, or if met were paid out of the pro* oeeds of other bills discounted, and at Fletcher’s death the amount current was L 5.000, or nearly almost the total value of the estate. The bills were not put through the bank, but discounted all round the town. About half the 1.5,000 is represented by discounts and renewal interest. It is probable that further actions will arise out of those transactions.

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A NAPIER WILL CASE., Evening Star, Issue 8029, 4 October 1889

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A NAPIER WILL CASE. Evening Star, Issue 8029, 4 October 1889