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William Smith alias James Sidney Cheater appeared in the City Police Court this.mori> ing to an3wer the charge of having issued a valueless cheque for the sum of £lO. Smith i ppears to have passed a career the monotony of which has been relieved from the ordinary tedium of tho majority by forgery, bigamy, and promises to marry. He arrived in Dunedin from Wellington some five months ago, and during a greater portion of this time he occupied tho humble, though useful, position of second cook iu a Maclaggan street restaurant. When freed from his culinary duties, however, he changed to a man of leisure and pleasure, with ample means at his disposal, and ha seehh to have convinced others of the genuineness of his cairns. In any event, although Smith alias Chester fiad reached the sober age of fifty-three, rind is a married man, he succeeded in captivating the affections of a comparatively young widow and her two olive branches," Representing himself as heir to and owner of proparlyandcashto the amount of £16,000, there is little wonder the weddiDg day was fixed a3 promptly as modesty would permit, and orders for the bridal trosseau, the piano, the furniture, the confectionery, etc, were placed by the happy man with the no less happy tradespeople. A house was taken near the Ocean Beach, the lioense was obtained, and Wednesday, the 17th, decided upon for the joining of "two hearts in one. Unfortunately Smith alias Chester had been issuing oheques for various amounts to various tradespeople, without having flrsfc provided funds to meet the same "upon presentation. Then, again, the millinap was anxious to see some ooin before parting with the wreaths, and veils, and robea, and, finally, the lady her. self grew suspicious and vexed, la foot, so serious became the oloud looming up on tho horizon that Smith alias Oheßter determined, upon suioide. So he wrote two melancholy farewells—one to his lost love, the other to the trusting woman who bed made his lost love's wedding coatumeß, and in these he bewailed bis untimely fate, declaring he wai driven desperate from loss of his Nellie's love and he would not survive bis misery. However, he did not drown himself a'fc Port Chalmers, as he intended, but went to Palmerston, deeming this, perhaps, a fate nearly as sad, and in this town he was last night arrested. The man's career from all accounts dots not appear to b« a very savory one, and this is not the first occasion in which the police have taken an interest in his welfare.

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A SWINDLER'S ROMANCE., Evening Star, Issue 10472, 16 November 1897

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A SWINDLER'S ROMANCE. Evening Star, Issue 10472, 16 November 1897