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Description: Consequence of a Fraudulent DivorceDate: April 1 1887
Newspaper published in: Tupelo, MS
Source: Lee Co., MS Library
Page/Column: Page 1, Column 5
Consequence of a Fraudulent Divorce
CHICAGO, March 24.—A special from Monticello, Ill., says: “The Illinois Supreme Court to-day affirmed the decision of the lower courts in the sensational divorce case of Caswell vs. Caswell. The affirmation sets aside a confessedly fraudulent divorce which Daniel H. Caswell, now a wealthy merchant in Nashville, Tenn., secretly obtained nineteen years ago, from his wife, Ann Mary, of New York. The six children of Caswell by a second marriage with Miss Mary Broadwell, of Dayton, are rendered illegitimate, and he is made liable for bigamy and perjury in Ohio and Illinois. Caswell, after deserting his wife and wronging her by the fraudulent divorce, concealed his whereabouts for seventeen years. His defense in court was that it would be contrary to public policy to disturb a decree that had stood unchallenged so long. The defendant and his two wives are highly connected, having relatives scattered throughout the Union, holding distinguished social, political and commercial positions.