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
Not succeeding, he sent a written statement of his case to a Salt Lake
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.
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.
, 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.