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Letter from a dead wife, and a handcart for a vicar’s hearse

January 24, 1914.

A retired captain named Barrett, living at Plymouth, has received a letter from his wife, who has been dead for ten years.

The letter was written by Mrs Barrett twenty years before she died, and posted from Redruth, Cornwall, where she was then living, to Captain Barrett, who was in Spain.

The letter never reached Captain Barrett, but evidently the Spanish Post Office is a most reliable institution, though perhaps a little slow, for the letter was sent back from Spain to Redruth thirty years after it was posted.

The Redruth postal officials traced Captain Barrett to Plymouth, where the letter has been delivered to him.

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The funeral of the Rev. T. Pym Williamson, for 45 years vicar of Thelwell, near Warrington, was conducted in accordance with his desire that it should be marked by the utmost simplicity.

He wished for nothing more than what would be accorded to any of his parishioners, he said, and added: “Perhaps a hearse may be found a convenience, but a handcart covered by a pall is better to my way of thinking.”

The body was conveyed to the church on a handcart, followed by his six sons. The funeral ceremony was of the simplest character.

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When a young couple marry, the mother-in-law of either may make or mar their happiness. It should be the duty of the husband and wife to come at once to an understanding as to how far the mother-in-law may interfere in their home.

It is a mistake to suppose the bad-tempered mother-in-law is most dangerous; frequently the one who is smiling and indulgent creates greater havoc.

 
 
 

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