1863 in CA-Bit 'o trouble between Mr. & Mrs. O"HARRA
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Transcribed by Dee Sardoch;
Stockton Daily Independent
Stockton, San Joaquin Co., CA
>>FRIDAY, 13 FEB 1863<<
LOST HIS WIFE -- A 'scene' was enacted yesterday morning at the corner of Centre street and the Levee, about the time the Sacramento stage was starting. John MARK was aboard with Mr. O'HARRA's wife, having come from Columbia on Wednesday. During the absence of her husband at San Francisco on business, the faithless Mrs. O'HARRA eloped with Mark aforesaid. Some friends telegraphed to O'HARRA at San Francisco, who started at once for this city, and arrived on the boat yesterday morning, and, as luck would have it, he caught the guilty parties, but could not hold on to them with sufficient tenacity to retain his spouse.
O'HARRA cursed some, uttering oaths deep and loud, until John MARK, alias Bernard DOOLAN, chimed in a few threatening remonstrances, when O'HARRA 'dried up.' He succeeded in getting a ring from the finger of the faithless woman, and at the same time, with a few tender expressions, she intimated to the forlorn father of her babies that if she had anything belonging to him in the trunk that was strapped on the stage, she would get out and give it to him. But Mr. O'HARRA was 'high toned,' and averred that it was only his respect for the law that prevented him from making her and her paramour 'bite the dust' and make trade for the Coroner.
O'HARRA let her 'went,' and with a little loose lip at the parting, that brought out another abrupt remonstrance from the lady's protector for him to 'dry up,' he dried. It seems that O'HARRA and the woman have been married 7 years and got along very well until a fellow that pleased her better came along. When the 'runaways' arrived in this city, the man entered the names in the Weber House as 'Jno. MARK and wife,' but matters did not work to please the clerk, and he induced the man to re-enter his name (which he did by writing Bernard DOOLAN) and occupy a separate room from that occupied by the woman. Mr. O'HARRA is still in town, but does not seem to take the calamity that has befallen him seriously to heart.