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A MATNTEJf-VXCE CASE.
At the Magistrates' Court. Port Piric. on Friday last John Lawricwaa- proceeded against by liw wile Elizabeth Johus Liwrie for the maintenance of herself and child
ren. * Mr.- E.-C. Padman appeared for in formant; and Mr. 11. X. Barwell for the defendant, who did not appear. After th-? information had been read Mr. Harwell said he wished to withdraw from the case, as he had no recent- instructions from ths defendant, in accordance with a promise which he had made to settle the matter. The informant stated that her husband had not lived ivitb her for about eight years, and the money he sent her ave raged only three or four shillings per week. She bad a family nf four, and ohlv one of them (Arnold, aged 14 years) was working. The witness put in a letter from defendant, to his son. in which he etatcd tint he had bought some shares worth £50, nml also that he would soon be able to wnd one of his sons to tbe University. After further evidence defendant was ordered l« pay £1 5/ per week toward the support of his wife and children, and a request as to cohabitation was cranted. Mr. Padmau mentioned that the case bad been adjourn ed by the Court on six different previous occasions, and the last time defendant harl agreed to pay bis wife £1 1/ a we?k, but nothing hail since been heard of him.