previous next

A singular divorce and bigamy case.

--A singular divorce and bigamy case has recently occurred in California. A man, named John R. Robinson, formerly a banker, had tried to get a divorce from his wife, Kate, in a San Francisco court. Not succeeding, he sent a written statement of his case to a Salt Lake court. Without hearing any evidence, without any publication of the matter being had, without either party to the suit being within one thousand miles of Salt Lake at any time during the pendency of the suit, the Probate Court over there granted the divorce. Robinson married a woman named Laura Hatch, in this place, when he got the divorce. His first wife was living at Georgetown, D. C., when the second marriage took place. She went out there and had Robinson arrested for bigamy.

An examining magistrate dismissed the complaint on the ground that Robinson thought he was doing no wrong. Robinson, however, is not yet clear of the meshes of the law.--The Grand Jury will have the matter before them at their next sitting. If the courts sustain a divorce granted in this manner, there will be nothing binding in the marriage relation, and discontented husbands and wives can get rid of each other without the least difficulty and at trifling expense. If the laws of the State in which they reside happen to be too stringent, they have only to write to Brigham Young's courts that they wish a divorce, and the divorce is forthcoming as soon as it can be transmitted.

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License.

An XML version of this text is available for download, with the additional restriction that you offer Perseus any modifications you make. Perseus provides credit for all accepted changes, storing new additions in a versioning system.

hide Places (automatically extracted)
hide People (automatically extracted)
Sort people alphabetically, as they appear on the page, by frequency
Click on a person to search for him/her in this document.
John R. Robinson (5)
Brigham Young (1)
Laura Hatch (1)
hide Display Preferences
Greek Display:
Arabic Display:
View by Default:
Browse Bar: