The Dallas Journal, Volume 51, 2006 Page: 2
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Early Twentieth Century Divorce
endured same,hoping defendant would reform, and do better and would finally show an esteem for
herand their marital vow,and plaintiff still clung to him with this hope ,until defendant without any
cause whatever abandoned her,leaving a note saying that he was gone,and she would not see him any
That he left her helpless and penniless and she was forced to go to her mothers,with whom she is
now living and by whom,she is now being supported.
Plaintiff further represents;that he left her in a delicate condition,such as that she will in a short time
become a mother;that he knew her condition at the time he left,and cowardly deserted her at the time she
was about to pass this ordeal that he might avoid the worry and expense, necessary for a mother to
incur,under such circumstances.
Plaintiff further represents ;that defendant failed to care and provide for her,and spent his money in
gambling instead of contributing to plaintiffs wants and necessities.
Plaintiff further represents that defendant misrepresented his business to her and shortly after their
marrage took her to a boarding house in the City of Dallas ,and boarded there for seven weeks and stated
to her ,that he had paid their board, & then after plaintiff handed the money to defendant for that
purpose,and instead of paying the board defendant spent the money gambling and told plaintiff he had
paid same and then left said boarding house ,with the debt unpaid and it was to her astonishment and
humiliation,that she was informed that same was not paid; that this act of defendant was done for the
sole purpose of humiliating her.
Plaintiff shows that it was the purpose of defendant at the very first,to marry her and live with her a
short while and leave her.
Premises considered plaintiff prays that defendant be duly and legally cited to answer this suit;that
she have judgment dissolving the bonds of matrimony between plaintiff and defendant and all costs of
thissuit and general and special releif.
/s/ J. C. Patton
Attorney for Plaintiff.
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