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DRAMA INJtEAL LIFE.
LETTER TO EARL. ,'1 AM GOING TO SHOOT THE GIRL.' LONDON, Wednesday
Great interest is manifested in the scii6.itiou.il ch.irg-c .ig-amsl the dang-htcr of \ithur Orton, tho notorious claimant to the Tichbornc cstato.
When the caso was called on at wic Bovv-street Police Court yesterday, th6 accused, who calls herself Theresa Doughty-Tichbornc, protested that she did not intend to do any harm' to Miss Grcvillo, her only motive in writing- to tho Earl of Granard being- to attract attention to her case. In the courso of her letter to the Earl, the accused refeis to the ap pioachmg marriage of ' my cousin, Sir Joseph Doughtj-Tichborne,' and con tinues, 'I have asked %ou to use jour influcnco to make them give me some of the monev thov stole from us, but \ou do nothing1. It is nothing to you if I starve, as long as vou and jour wife can give parties and flaunt about with people, who, if thov knew the truth, would be ashamed to know jou ' ' You cannot hide anj more, for I am making- -ou an acccssoiy before the fact bv lolling vou- that I am going to shoot that girl rather than Sir Joseph should 111am hei, for they will live on my monev As there is a God in hea ven, I am going to do it.' The Tichbornc case, of couisc, pos sesses a special interest for Australia, for it was fiom Wagga that the notori ous character who posed as the real Sir Roger Tichborno came. It was v\ the late sixties, pfter tho death of the eleventh baronet, Sn , \!f cd Kseph Tichboino, that the fimous W'ag-ga but chei, Thomas Castio. o.he wi.-e Aithur Oiton, rame forward iO ponson ite Sir Rogei Tichborne, the pijsumptive I.eir to tho family est ite^ m England Sir Roger had sailed for R.10 dc Janeiro from New York in \i-ul, j'-i4, bv tho 6lup Bella, which was lost at sea '. - e importer's ca#c collapsed complctelv, and the 'claimant,' as he was called, was sentenced to 14 v cars' imprison ment foi peijurv. Orton died in 1S9S