CUSTODY OF AN ILLEGITI-
An application for the custody of an ille- gitimate child named Robert William Tuckett, of whom a girl of 18, Henrietta Tuckett is the mother, occupied the atten- tion of Mr. Justice Hodges for some time yesterday. The applicant was G. R. Tuckett, of Dumbalk, grazier, the child's maternal grandfather, and the respondent, in whose possession the child is at present was John Butterworth, also a grazier, of the same place, the child's paternal grand- father, the father's name being John But- terworth. It appeared that the applicant, soon after the baby was born, agreed to hand it over to the respondent in considera- tion of the sum of £30, in full satisfaction of any claims he might have with reference to his daughter's seduction, &c. Of this sum £12/10/ was paid, but the respondent refused to further carry out the agreement, and would not hand back the child.
Mr. Justice Hodges, after hearing the evidence on both sides, said that he did not think the application was bona-fide. The
proceedings had been misconceived alto- gether, and had been taken, not with the view of having an order made for the benefit of the infant, but for the purpose of mak- ing the most for somebody's pocket. The infant seemed to be well cared for by those who had charge of it. The application would be refused, with costs. The mother would, however, be allowed to see her child on the first and third Sundays of each month, between the hours of 2 and 5 in the
Mr. Potts appeared for the applicant and Mr. Arthur (instructed by Messrs. Court- ney and Dunn, for Mr. Frank H. Geach, of Warragul for the respondent.
The monthly meeting of the Australian Litera- ture Society (registered) took place last night at Furlong's Music Studio. The work of Henry Law- son was the subject for the evening's discussion. Papers were read by Mr. T. P. M'Inerney, the pre- sident, and Mr. Msrtin, and recitations were ably given by Mr. Bert Hamilton, Miss M. Ryan, and Miss Charlotte Malmgren. Mr. W. R. Furlong «hur lils musical setting of "The Bimmil of Going Hack " and "Tlio ? Fren Solcotor'» Dviughtor.",