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A SECRET MARRIAGE AND ITS SEQUEL..

Melbourne, November 3.

A secret marriage, the contracting parti1.:* to which were both connected wjth the fneatrical world, ended in the Divorce Court yesterday. The suit was heard be fore Mr. Justice Hodges, and tin; parties were Vera Dampier (29), of Phillip-couit, Phillip-street, Sydney, petitioner, anil Alfred Julian Dampier, respcnd.nt. Evidence was given that the petitioner met Dampier at the beginning of 1905, end

«ic (ULai uci lu juany jjilll. OJIC WaS lot.i to do so on account of his want of means to give her a home. Towards tne ?end of that year Dampier told iier 'he was going to England to try his luck, stating that lie had influence there fihrouga his father, the jato Alfred Dampier, a well-known Australian actor, with the celebrated Eng lish actor, Terry, and others. He pressed Iier to marry him before he left, and fin ally she consented to a secret marriage. U'he ceremony took place, and afterwards the petitioner continued to live with her Juother. She had never lived with the re spondent as his wife. There was no issnie of the marriage. A few weeks later the respondent left for England, and the . petitioner continued to support her-; eelf on the' stage. The respondent wrote to her on the voyage and afterwards, but he failed to get employment in England In 1906 he returned to Australia and went on a tour with a company^ of. his own. U?ho petitioner was also on tour, and they did not meet. They continued to correspond, and in 1903 they met by appointment at Kushcutter's Bay, Sydney, cue asked jiim to make a home for her. She had. not seen him since, though she liad a letter from him in. February, 1909. He had^sent her ;*mall sums of money ] from'-tuM^ito-time lip to that date. The-'iipB and downs of a theatrical career were , tjhowii in a number of letters from the respondent to the petitioner. In three letters it'imw shown that Dampier bad been variously employed in a barber's jshop, as a chip's steward, ticket collector at a picture show, and barman in an notel. The petitioner bad received in formation that the respondent was now jupposed to be in America. Mr. Wolf said in 'order to keep the fiatriage secret the respondent had tried lo conceal his identity by making false Entries in the marriage register, describ es himself as Fred Dampier, draper. The decree nisi was granted*

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