Lurgan Coat of Arms The Armagh Guardian

26 November, 1904  


'Gone, husband. Good-bye. To be seen no more.'

A young wife of Lurgan, Ireland, left this brief note on the table before she eloped to Newry with a young man; but, according to the 'Irish Times,' the husband was a man who acted quickly, and was something of a Sherlock Holmes to boot.

By making inquiries at the railway station he found that the pair had gone to Newry, 'but, owing to an inconvenient train service he could not reach that town until a day after the runaways arrived. Luck was with him, however, for at Newry he found the carman who had driven the eloping pair to their lodgings in Sinclair-street. He was soon there, and when the door was opened by a child, in response to his knocking, he rushed boldly upstairs. In one of the rooms her discovered the unfortunate Lothario in bed, and, lifting a chair, he belaboured him with it. The owner of the house shouted for the police, and In the general scramble which followed, the now 'black and blue' lover crept painfully out of the House. The husband then asked where his wife was, and was shown into another room, where the young woman was lying trembling with fear. The presence of other women, however, restrained, him from using violence. After a little persuasion he consented to go down to the parlour until his wife was dressed. A reconciliation took place between the pair, and eventually they both left Newry for the train for their home.

When reaching their home in Edward-street, they found that the husband, so intent on his pursuit, had left the doors wide open and all of their chattels were gone. Word was put out in the town and eventually all of their property was returned.


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