A Wife’s Maintenance

January 1899

Sheffield Independent – Monday 23 January 1899

A Wife’s Maintenance

Joseph Smith, dataller, late of Conisbro’, was summoned on Saturday, at Doncaster for maintenance arrears.

Mr. Edwards, solicitor, appeared for the complainant.

The order was made, at the rate of 12s. 6d per week, in October, and the arrears came to £5. 17s. 6d.

The defendant said he found could not pay the money, so he left, the district, and had been working near Manchester. The average work in the coal-pits was five days per week, and he received 5s. 3d. per day.

The Chairman (Mr. Yarborough) pointed out that the defendant had paid nothing.

Defendant replied that he had not been able to pay but he could find employment again in the district, and would pay 7s 6. on the following Saturday.

Mr Andrews asked for a remand to see what the defendant was prepared to do, and the Bench agreed to this.