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First Wife Left Him; Second Discovered His Association With A Third Woman; and Now He Has No , Feminine Companionship BIGAMY IS AN EXPENSIVEJWBBV WHEN FOUND OUT

TO the average man one unsuccessful 'venture m matrimony is sufficient, but Vince was a glutton. He was running two wives at the same time, while a third woman had hopes that she also would be able to change her name to Vince, and share his life and his income. Vince, a good-looking young Englishman, came to New Zealand as a sailor on the "Port Nicholson," and, not content with the customary sailor's allowance of a girl m every; port, he apparently set out to have one m every town. ■'-.■■ Owing to sickness, he signed off his boat at Gisborne, m; 1921, and after drifting about the country for a couple of years he met Violet Mary Giddens, a young Otaki girl, to whom he was married m the Church of England, at Otaki, on September 6, 1923. •.;. i i — 1

Three brief months of connubial bliss terminated abruptly when Violet deserted/ her family hearth to live with Bill McEwan, a jockey. . For a year, Vince heard nothing of his wife. Then, near the end of 1926, while employed as a cook m the Commercial Hotel, at Palmerston North, he was recognised by a man 'he did not know, and informed that his wife had a chftd, the father of which was McEwan. . > ' This did not d.eter Vince m his desire to induce his wife to again : live with him, and. he wrote to her, asking her to come and see him. She went to, see him m Palmerston North, and, admitted that she was the mother of a child of which McEwan was the father, but she flatly declined to again live with Vince. , He afterwards learned through the papers that his wife had taken action against McEwan for the maintenance of the child. •

(From "N.Z. Truth's" Special Christchurch Representative). 1 imiiiiiCimimimn niimimimimiimiiimiimiiiiiimuiiiimimmimimimmimimiimmiimi niiiiiiiiiiiiiiiin i iiiininiini iitiitiiiiiiniitMitiinmimii ii|j SI =1 If A man without a hobby is a man without a soul! jj it . There are many hobbies, some cheap, some expensive. | If The one which Albert Edward Herbert Vince indulges mis the | || most dangerous and expensive of them all. § Jf Vince's hobby is wives. |

Violet .then faded out of Vince's life altogether, but he had not benefited by his unhappy experience. Apparently regarding marriage as some casual contract prompted by a violent impulse, Vince, a few years later met Emily Marion Jewell, of Hamilton, and after four months of preliminaries, he went through the form of marriage with her m the registry office at Hamilton, she believing that Vince was a bachelor. Vince seemed to have a little better luck m his second matrimonial venture until he got himself into trouble m Christchurch with a young single woman, Kathleen Gooch, who, having given birth to a child before his second marriage proceeded against him, and it was on her warrant «iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiMnmiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiii

that Vince's matrimonial duplicity was discovered. Vince, m a statement to the police, said he intended to marry Kathleen m Christchurch, as he was the father of her child. He had lived with her for nine months m 1926 and 1927. But he did not carry his intentions into effect, and subsequently married his second wife m Hamilton. He lived with her until the time of his arrest, and was employed as a chef at the Kohukohu Hotel, North Auckland when he was taken into custody on a warrant issued by Gooch m Christchurch. , When he appeared m the police court m Christchurch before Magistrate E. D. Mosley on a charge of bigamy, Vince identified the signatures of his two wives, and admitted the essential details m statements they had iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiniiniiiiiiiminiiiiiiiiiuiniiiiiiiiii

each made to the police m Otaki and Hamilton. Violet May Vince, of Otaki, m her statement, said that Vince was a bil-liard-marker at the Wellington V.M.C.A. when she met him. After ' they were married he failed to support her, and she was entirely dependent on her parents at Otaki for her living. She admitted living with McEwan aH his wife for a year and having a child, now three years old. * She refused to. return to Vince because, she declared, he was living with a cook at the Otaki Kiosk, and for an- ; other reason, both of which were de- ; nied by Vince. The woman further stated that some ■ time after she had given birth to McEwan's child he left her, and she proceeded against him but had to drop the

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proceedings because she had not sufficient money. Vince's second wife, Emily Marion ' Burns, residing . with her sister, Mrs. Doms, of 51, Cook Street, Hamilton East, said she met Vince while he was employed as third cook at the Hamilton Hotel, Hamilton. After being married he obtained a position as chef at the Kohukohu Hotel. She said Vince told her when arrested that he had got a Christchurch girl into trouble, and told her that he was going- under the name of Owen at that time. It was Vince's failure to 'keep faith with the girl m Christchurch ■ which led to- the discovery that he was a bigamist, and when taxed, with the offence he frankly admitted it. Vince admitted the statements of. his two wives, pleaded and was committed to the Supreme Court for sentence.

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COOK'S MATRIMONIAL HASH NZ Truth, Issue 1206, 10 January 1929

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