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Belfast Telegraph - 15 May 1908

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TANGLE OF RELATIONSHIPS. WHEN A MAN IS HIS OWN STEPFATHER;

An unusual case was before the City Police Court at Dunedin, New Zealand, a few weeks ago. The relationships borne by two young men who had married each other' mothers, to each other, to their respective mothers, to their wives, and to themselves, presented a conundrum not easy to solve. One of the young men had deserted his wife, the other man's mother, and was sued by her for maintenance. The plaintiff, a middle-aged lady, said her name was Sarah Ann Elizabeth M'Caughan, and that she had several children by a former husband. She had married the defendant, aged, she believed, twenty-one, five months ago. He left her three days after the marriage took place, and she resided at her son's place at Waikari.

Defending Counsel - Before you married the defendant, his mother had married your son?

- Yes.

So, each of the young men is his own stepfather? (laughter)

The Witness - Yes; and it is not a thing to laugh at either.

The magistrate said it was a most extraordinary case. The best thing the plain... [continues]

 

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