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derations, however, the Court al- latter has constantly eluded this, loted the sum of 2001. per annum, and on the 4th of October last, in addition to the sum of 2001. entered a claim of nullity of marper annum pin-money.
riage, thus to obtain the pretext
of demanding a maintenance from The Princess of Aremberg. her husband. Paris, Tribunal of the First Resort, M. Bonnet, Counsel for the -Department of the Seine, Janu- Prince, opposed the claim on the ary 10.--To-day was heard a ground, that the conjugal tie still claim for maintenance by the subsisted ; and the attempt made Princess of Aremberg, against her by the Princess to dissolve it, ha!!, husband, while at the same time as yet, no result before the tribushe is prosecuting the nullity of nals, because the whole of her their marriage before the Tribu- dowry was absorted in the unnals. The circumstances were productive purchase which her these:
husband had been compelled to On the 1st February 1893, the make; and because, besides, the Prince of Aremberg contracted respective situation of the two marriage with Mademoiselle Ste- parties was now altered. At the phanie Tascher, niece of Na- period when the claimant had the poleon's first wife. In the con title of Sovereign Princess, and tract of marriage, Napoleon set- figured at a superb court, she tled a dowry of one million for had annually 240,000 francs at the benefit of the future wife, un her disposal ; but now that she der condition that this sum should had entered the ordinary class of be employed in the purchase of a society, the 36,000 francs of pinhotel, which should not be held money which she claimed was out in common, but be always the of proportion with her rank in personal property of the Princess life, as well as with the present of Aremberg. On the formally fortune of her husband. The expressed wish of the Princess, Princess of Aiemberg had in her Towever, who would have a pa- possession moveables of great valace and not an ordinary hotel, love, plate, diamonds, and a con1,096,000 francs was vested in siderable kitchen furniture (batthe purchase, repairs, and furnish- terie de cuisine). Her husband ing of the fine hotel of Bouillon. consents to leave her, as judicial The portion of this hotel let at guardian, part of the kitchen furpresent produces only 10,000 niture found in the cellars, and francs, being scarcely enough to which is therefore useless to the keep it in repair, and pay the or Princess ; 2. Her state carriage, dinary and extraordinary taxes. of which she can make use ;
For several months past, the 3. The diamonds, estimated at Prince of Arenberg has in vain 231,000 francs, with the excepemployed persuasion in the first tion of such as the Courts may instance, and then the means pre- deem necessary for her use. scribed by law, to compel his wife M. Tripier contended, in reply, to live with m, not in his states, that even the total loss of the but in the conjugal domicile; the dowry could not exempt the hus
band from the obligation result- was merely entitled to an aliment ing from the mere fact of his mar- proportioned to the state of reriage: That the change of things treat in which a woman solicithad not affected his estates, but ing nullity of marriage should be merely stripped him of the title of placed ; and orilered the Princess Sovereign Prince, and the hono- to give up the moveables claimed rary rights thereto attached. That by her husband. the Princess was, in fact, his creditor to the amount of the dowry of one million, and not proprietrix of the hotel which her hus Court of King's Bench, Wednesband thought proper to purchase; day, June 5.- Mary Gibberson v. that the interest on that dowry E. L. Charlton, Esq.—The plainwas due ; that the sentence which tiff is a widow, residing in Queenshould pronounce nullity of mar- street, Brompton; the defendant riage would grant that interest is a person of property. The acac ruing from the date of the tion was to recover damages for claim; and that thus it was pro the seduction of the plaintiff's per to grant her during the suit a daughter. part of that interest.
Attorney General, in M. Bonnet, in the course of opening the plaintiff's case, stated, his reply, stated, that the Prince that the defendant was not unof Aremberg was absolutely com known in Westminster-hall, his pelled to vest the dowry upon this name having formerly appeared unproductive purchase : his wife to a transaction not very dissimi. threatened him with her supports lar to the present: he had an (de ses apuis) if he resisted her ample fortune, residing principalwish.
ly upon his estate at Ludford, M. Marchangy, the King's Ad near Ludlow, and having filled vocate, notice the remarkable the important office of high sheriff phrases which the fortune of the for the county of Worcester Princess had assumed ; lately short time ago. The charge aher personal establishment was gainst him was of a most flagrant 240,000 francs of annual income; nature, and the case disclosed a now her claim for 36,000 francs scene of profligacy and immoralwas resisted. He thought she ity scarcely equalled in the history had a claim for maintenance while of the courts where such injuries the other suit was going on,
were redressed. The plainti tf lost as her situation under such cir- her husband only a few months cumstances might rather be con before the still more afflicting casidered as one of mourning than lamnity which had given rise to of luxury, he was disposed to re this action. She resided in a strict her claim to 1,500 francs a house at Brompton, where she
and her husband had carried on The Court pronounced for a trade for upwards of 20 years, maintenance to be paid by the and was assisted in the business Prince of 1000 francs per month, and the household duties by a son, on the ground that the Princess a lad, and three daughters, Mary,
Hannah, and Charlotte ; the first find it convenient to leave Lonabout 20, the second about 16, don on the day of the elopement, and the last not more than 15 but promised until the next to years old. The jury would scarce- lodge the young ladies at the house ly believe that the two last had of a friend. The Jury would not become the victions of the seduc be astonished to hear, that that tive arts of the defendant and his house was the bagnio, called the friend Captain Seymour, of the Key, in Chandos-street, where guards : these two gentlemen had the guilty design of the defendunited their exertions in the most ant was perpetrated. Within a cold blooded, and deliberate, and day or two afterwards, Mr. Charl. persevering attempts to gratify ton excused himself on the ground unbridled licentiousness ; lan- of pressing business, which called guage was unequal to the expres him immediately into Worcestersion of the baseness of the design, shire; and he and Captain Seythe cruelty of the execution, and mour, putting these two injured the misery that had resulted from and unprotected females into a it. The two younger daughters lodging in Seymour-place, there of the plaintiff, Hannah and Char abandoned them, making them lotte, had been walking in Hyde. answerable to the woman of the park, when they were accosted by house, where they were literally tie defendant and Captain Sey- confined for some months, being mour, who in vain endeavoured unable to pay for the accommodato learn where they lived; the tion afforded. The learned coungentlemen consequently followed sel then read some of the corresthem home, watched every oppor. pondence of the defendant. He tunity of speaking to the young made many severe remarks
upon females in the absence of their their contents, and particularly mother, their elder sister, or other those parts which recommended, advisers, writing the most pas. in coarse terms, that Miss Gibbersionate and pressing letters, pro son should throw herself into the fessing that eternity of attachment arms of some other man. He which lasts only to the moment left the case to the jury to decide of gratification, and making those upon the question of damages. most flattering promises which are Thomas Coleraine was the first intended only to delude and betray. witness. He was steward to the Having at length succeeded in defendant, and with obvious reovercoming the scruples of Miss luctance proved the hand-writing Hannah Gibberson (for it was to of his master to the letters above her that the defendant paid his as- given. He said, that he had masiduous addresses, while Captain naged the estate of Mr. Charlton Seymour devoted himself to Char. for five or six years, ever since lotte), he prevailed upon her to that gentleinan was of age. The quit her home, that she might estate at Ludford was worth about proceed with him to Bath : and 2,0001. a year, and there were 200 her sister consented to the same acres of park attached to the imprudent step with her admirer. dwelling. Lucien Buonaparte had In pursuance of the plot of these been in treaty to rent it. gentlemen, however, they did not Mrs. Mary Cooke said that she
lived in Sloane-street: she knew Worcestershire, asked her to go the plaintiff, her three daughters, with him, and promised he would and one son: it appeared to her take care of her for life : he adde. to be a well-regulated family. ed, that he had never seen a girl The husband of the plaintiff, be- he liked better, at the same time fore his death, carried on the bu. disclosing his name and address at siness of a tailor.
Ludford. The witness refused, Mrs. Susan Rogers and Mr. W. but the defendant again pressed Taylor deposed to the same effect. his proposal, saying that the wit
Miss Hannah Gibberson said, ness should never want a shilling that her mother had been a wi. as long as he had one, and that dow since last July: she, her two after his death he would provide sisters, one older and one younger, for her. He begged leave to with their brother, lived at home: write, but she said her brother the witness completed her 17th opened all her letters, but not year last July, and her sister those of her elder sister, and the Charlotte was a year younger: witness consented to read his letlast Christinas-day was the first ters under cover. He asked, time she saw the defendant; she when they met again, if the witwas walking with her sister Char. ness and her sisters ever went to lotte in Hyde-park, when the de. the play; and Charlotte, who fendant and Captain Seymour was with her, said they could if came up and asked where they they had orders. This passed on lived : the witness refused to tell, the Monday; and on the Wedand the defendant and his friend nesday, the witness, walking with followed them home. To prevent her sister Charlotte in Burlinghis coming next day, the witness ton-gardens, met the defendant and her sister promised to meet again with Mr. Seymour, whom them in Bond-street; but the they had known six weeks beweather being wet, the defendant fore. The defendant again encame to the house of the plaintiff; treated the witness to leave her the servant, who opened the door, home, promising her every protold the plaintiff they were out. tection. Capt. Seyipour obtained The next time she saw the defen- tickets for the play in the way dant was in St. James's-street; home, which Charlotte accepted, the witness's sisters, Mary and but the witness rejected. Charlotte, were with her : the Wednesday night the witness sent defendant stopped Charlotte, and back the tickets to No. 51, Curafterwards met them again in zon-street, and on Friday morn. Bond-street, and as they were ing the first letter was received ; going to tea in Berkeley-street, in consequence of which the withe said he would escort them. ness met the defendant the next The witness appointed to meet day in Burlington-gardens, havhim at ten at night, when they ing made some execuse to her came away, and he walked home mother: Charlotte went with her. with them ; sometimes he walked The defendant and Mr. Seymour with the witness alone. He told were both there, and the witness her he was leaving London for promised to meet him on Sunday
in the park; and they met ac hour from duty. It was then procordingly. The defendant asked posed that the witness should go the witness to proceed with him into the country with Charlton, to Bath, as Seymour, who was while Charlotte remained in town there, had persuaded Charlotte to with Capt. Seymour ; but it was go there with him: both the gen-' finally arranged that the witness tlemen promised to take care of and her sister should live togethe witness and Charlotte as long ther in Seymour-place, with the as they lived. The witness ap- Captain, while Charlton went out pointed to meet him next day in of town, promising to return in a Burlington-gardens; but, being week or ten days. The witness wet, they could not go. The de- wrote to Mr. Charlton, and in fendant, in consequence, wrote consequence received the two letanother letter requesting the wit- ters read by the Attorney-General, ness to leave her home with Char- which, by consent, were directed lotte the following day : they did to Mrs. Hamilton, the naine the so between 3 and 4 o'clock on witness was to assume. They reTuesday afternoon, and met the mained in the lodgings three or defendant and Seymour in Bur- four months, but Mr. Seymour lington-gardens. After some per- continued his visits to Charlotte suasion they both consented to go only for three weeks. Charlton to Bath with the defendant and gave the witness 101. the first Seymour, but for that night it evening at the Key, and 51. more was agreed they were to sleep at the next morning, both sums to the house of a friend. They ac buy linen for the journey to Bath; cordingly walked to a house of and 101. were sent when they ill fame in Chandos-street, and were in Seymour-place. At the the witness there wrote a note to end of three or four months the her sister to inform her that they witness and her sister returned to were many miles distant with two their mother, who was obliged to gentlemen. Seymour went away páy 171. to the woman of the to dine out, and the witness, her house where they had lodged. sister Charlotte, and Charlton, On her cross-examination by dined together at the Key, about Mr. Topping, the witness said nine at night : Seymour return that the first time they were spoed at about eleven o'clock, and ken to by the defendant, they had they afterwards retired to bed in also been addressed by two other separate apartments, the witness gentlemen in a tilbury, but the with Charlton, and Charlotte with witness and her sister did not reSeymour. Next morning they ply to them. When they went to met at breakfast; the two gentle- Berkeley-street to drink tea, they men went out, and did not return took a walk round by St. James'suntil the evening: the defendant, street, as they were too early. and Mr. Seymour, who was in the Captain Seymour had several times guards, excused themselves from walked with her sister Charlotte leaving town for Bath, as the lat- before the witness became acter could not obtain leave from the quainted with the defendant. BeDuke of York to be absent for an , fore that tiine, the witness and