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TOOK A RISK

♦ Osman's Matrimonial Double (From "N.Z. Truth's" Special Auckland Rep.) Henry Osman is yet another Aucklander who has loved not wisely, but "two" well. JUST fourteen years ago he took unto himself a wife m the person of Margaret Jane Graham. Dissension followed the banns of matrimony and" Henry was ordered to pay his wife the sum of £1 a week maintenance. There were, no children. On several occasions Osman became enmeshed In the toils of the law through' his neglect m respect of the separation order. Then Fate took a. hand and added a sinister component to the separation when the wife was admitted to a mental asylum m Auckland. It was then that Osman com' menced to fall m arrears with the support of his wife. Ten months ago he met a young girl of seventeen. Their friendship ripened until the situation arose which dictates marriage as the only satisfactory solution. Although twenty-eight years the girl's senior, Osman, representing that he was a widower, acted as would be expected and the pair were married at the registry office at Papakura. He had not ascertained whether his previous wife was still of this earth, however, and when he was brought before the Auckland Police Court for arrears of maintenance totalling £130 m respect v of the separation order, there was a second charge of having committed bigamy. The name of Ivy Lilian Pates figured on the charge-sheet as the victim of Osman's indiscretion. The accused pleaded guilty and m a statement to the police admitted that he'had made no inquiries as to whether he were free to again"g* take up the responsibilities of matrimony. He will go to the Supreme Court for sentence on the charge of bigamy, while the matter of maintenance of his first wife will be held m abeyance.

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TOOK A RISK, NZ Truth, Issue 1160, 23 February 1928

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TOOK A RISK NZ Truth, Issue 1160, 23 February 1928

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