Davis part 2

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Davis part 2 - The most sensational evidence given before...
The most sensational evidence given before Judge Pryor yesterday was that of George Rich, the husband of one of Davis's daughters by his first marriage. He swore that Davis's Massachusetts divorce had been obtained through per? jury. Davis told him that be wished to prevent the possibility of having his second wife, Esther, get any of bis money when lie died, as she was bound to do unless be secured a divorce. At the request of his father-in-law he had testilied on the trial at Springfield, Mass., that he had come to that State to try to induce his wife's stepmother to join bor busband in Massachu? setts, her refusal having constituted the alleged abandonment. As a matter of fact he had not come to New York ami had never spoken to her on the subject. He had only confessed that he had commit? ted perjury when he found that his con? science troubled him so that he could not sleep. He was sure that all of the testimony submitted on behalf of his father-in-law was perjury. Davis, he said, had left Esther one day with the remark that if she did not get oat of the house he would break her neck. He had never returned to her. Mrs. Esther Davis testified that she had never been in Massachusetts and had had no oue t<? protect her rights during the trial of her husband's suit. .Indue Pryor when the ease was closed said he considered the complications extraordi? nary. He was asked to pronounce the judg? ment of a .sister State void because the sum? mons had been served by publication, al? though in this action the summons was al.?o served by publication and Davis did not ap? pear to defend. This condition of atTairs should call the public attention to the divorce laws of this State. He reserved his declson, S3yiug he would examine the questions involved.?New Y<rrk Herald._

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  1. Alexandria Gazette,
  2. 16 Feb 1893, Thu,
  3. Page 2

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