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Early Twentieth Century Divorce
defendant to come to her in the city of Dallas where they were boarding, intoxicated and
he would mortify and humiliate defendant by his conduct in using boisterous language
(two illegible words written in) her and would find fault with everything that plaintiff
would do and would fret and scold at her so as to make her life miserable; still she
endured such conduct, having recently married, believing & hoping all the time that he
would do better.
(3) That in September, 19 , the defendant took plaintiff to Fort Worth on a visit to friends,
& there he became intoxicated and acted so shamefully as to disgrace Plaintiff by
swearing and falling around drunk, and after their return to Dallas the next day from Fort
Worth the defendant in their room at their boarding house assaulted her and jerked her
clothing off of her, tearing every dress she on into shreds and threw them in her face.
(4) Plaintiff further represents that she continued to live with defendant hoping he would do
better that on February 14th, 1900, when they were living at Mrs. McDougle's residence
in the city of Dallas defendant came to their room intoxicated and stamped the floor like a
wild man and assaulted her with his hands by slapping her in the face & knocked her over
& spat in her face. She still clung to him, hoping that he would do better.
(5) Plaintiff further represents that defendant was/an immoral man and prior to their marriage
had lived a licentious life, and she was informed that a short time before their marriage he
became afflicted with a venereal disease, and she was informed that Defendant declared a
short time before the marriage that he was free from said disease (and would marry her),
but he was not, as during their married life said disease came back upin him and he was
so seriously afflicted by same that he could scarcely walk for two or three weeks, and
plaintiff not knowing what was the cause of his affliction gave him all the attention she
(6) Plaintiff further represents that the defendant abandoned her on or about the 19th day of
March, 1900, leaving her without a cent of money and in a delicate condition, almost
ready to become a mother; she alleges that she now believes that defendant never had any
love for her from the beginning and he abandoned her at the critical time above
represented in order to keep (from) paying the doctor bill and the expenses necessary in
the birth of their child; she represents that on the 19 day of June, 1900, their child was
born and it is now in the care and custody of plaintiff and being supported by plaintiff's
(7) Plaintiff further represents that he is now living in the City of Dallas, working at
Leachman's laundry and making a fair salary, and but that he has never contributed
anything to her support or to the support of their child and that he has never called to see
their child and on the contrary when Deft passes her on the street or at all times when
convenient he acts in that disgraceful shameful manner towards her as to mortify and
humiliate her. Plaintiff represents that a short time after he abandoned her he wrote a
letter to a young lady friend of plaintiff saying that he had never loved plaintiff and that
at the time he married he did not love her, but that he loved this young lady, to whom he
had written this letter.
(8) Plaintiff now represents that she was at all time a kind, devoted and affectionate wife to
defendant and did everything in her power to make their married life happy.
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