Mexborough & Swinton Times – Saturday 27 August 1910
Unhappy Denaby Couple.
A Denaby couple who were married in Doncaster Register Office on Oct. 21st, 1908, do not appear to have had a very happy time. They are Waiter Whitehouse, pony driver and Mary Elizabeth Whitehouse and Walter was charge with deserting Mary, who asked for separation order, with maintenance.
She told told Mr Baddiley, her solicitor, that there were no children of the marriage, but that a highly Interesting event was expected in the Whitehouse circle one of these days. Their married life had not been very happy, although they had clubbed together up to Monday.
On that sight Walter locked her out. She brought her sister to the home, but hubby said he did not want any more women—that he had had bags of them. Anyway he declined to allow her in. Then she brought P.c. Shuker, but Walter was obdurate. “You’re not coming in here.” he said, “but you can go with the policeman if you like”. Her mother had come up meanwhile, and both she and the officer tried to reason with the tired husband, but to avail. He told them all to clear off, as he wanted to have a quiet sleep.
Since then she had left him on his own, and he hadn’t asked her back. He could earn 5/3 a shift, and did five and six shifts a week.
Defendant asked his wife some questions, but she told him that he had on more than one occasion threatened to take her life. “How often have you sworn that you were tired of me, and didn’t want me?” She asked.
Walter alleged that his wife spent a deal too much on dresses, and that she had some that he had never seen. That was how his money went.
“You are not telling the truth,” retorted the young wife indignantly. “It’s easy to am what dresses I have. And as for she little money I had It went to pay your fines”
Mary S Johnson, Walter’s mother-in-law said her son told Mary to get to —- —- with all the other Johnson’s. She admitted telling Walter a few months back that they would be better of separated than living a cat and dog life, ae they were.
Defendant had ‘nowt” to say to the Bench. “I have said sufficient.” he added.
He was ordered to contribute half a sovereign a week