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THE FEILDING DIVORCE CASE.

Following is the conclusion of the evidence in the case Henry Bailey v. Ethel May Bailey, William Tonks corespondent. Respondent, continuing her evidence, said : — I occupied the back bedroom ; when McCreedy left there I took his room. I kept my room locked at night. McCreedy endeavoured to get into my room one night, and therefore he would probably not tell the truth. It was at, petitioner's suggestion the divorce proceedings were taken against a certain person for having immoral relations with me, that he (petitioner) would sue for damages, and we would divide the money. I absolutely deny having any immoral relations with Tonks, and McCreedy's statement about my going to Tonks room is absolutely untrue. By Mr Cooper: I think it was in July, 1901 that I left petitioner on the first occasion, that was prior to the birth of the second child, born on April, 1902. Counsel asked the name of the father of the child. Mr Innes objected on the ground that Mr Cooper had no right to ask questions imputing the committal of adultery by respondent with other than the present co-respondent. His Honour ruled against Mr Innes. Witness continued: Petitioner was the father of the child. I never told anyone that some one else was the father of the child. I have not had immoral relations with a man named Jack Campion — if he says so, he is telling a lie. William Tonks deposed: I have 40 acres and 15 cows. Mrs Bailey's brother introduced her to me, and five months after I met her, asked her what she was doing and she said nothing. I offered her 10s a week and hr keep as a servant. She came, and McCreedy was there already. I gave her my room, and I slept in the kitchen. McCreedy drinks, and when he gets a drink or two he is not accountable for what he does. I would not let McCreedv know if I was going to sleep with Mrs Bailey. There was never any improper conduct between myself and Mrs Bailey. I have plenty of lady acquaintances in Linton. McCreedy never complained to me about noises in the bedroom. By Mr Cooper: I did not consult a lawyer before the 26th February, although I got the summons in December. McCreedy occupied the bedroom, and I slept on the stretcher in the kitchen. There is a double bed in the house, and Mrs Bailey sleeps in it. By His Honour: Since Decembei Mrs Bailey and I have been pfettj weU alone all the time in the house. Walter Viles deposed: I know Mn Bailey. I had a conversation wither about Richardson, and she said her second child belonged to Richardson. By Mr Innes: I heard certain rumours and I wanted to clear myself. (Laughter). Mr Fitzherbert (to witness, whe was very deaf): Where did this con. versation take place? Witness : In the street in Feilding. Mr Fitzherbert: I suppose she walked up to yon in tne street, and yelled out to you, "Richardson is the father' of my second child." (Laughter). His Honour, in summing up, said the question was whether, during the time Tonks and Mrs Bailey were living together ample opportunity had been given for improper conduct. It was easy for the respondent to get a situation at a better wage than 10s a week. If McCreedy's evidence were credible, that was an end of the matter. The jury retired, and after 25 minutes' consultation returned with a verdict as published in yesterday's paper. _________________

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THE FEILDING DIVORCE CASE. Feilding Star, Volume I, Issue 210, 8 March 1907

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