William THOBURN

THOBURN, William

Personal Data

Party
Conservative (1867-1942)
Constituency
Lanark North (Ontario)
Birth Date
April 14, 1847
Deceased Date
January 23, 1928
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Thoburn_(politician)
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=e6ff10cd-b633-4ffa-baba-3be20ae91f85&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
woollens manufacturer

Parliamentary Career

October 26, 1908 - July 29, 1911
CON
  Lanark North (Ontario)
September 21, 1911 - October 6, 1917
CON
  Lanark North (Ontario)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 26)


September 17, 1917

Mr. THOBURN:

There was another time when she could not get into the house as quickly as she wished, and sihe took her umbrella and smashed the window. These incidents would not lead you to believe that she was as good-tempered as the hon. member would have us suppose.

The whole question hinges upon the respondent resorting to a house which was proven beyond doubt to be a house of ill-fame. No one could come to any otheT conclusion after reading that evidence than that it was a house of ill-fame.

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September 17, 1917

Mr. THOBURN:

I think it ill becomes learned members of this House, members of the Bar, to throw slurs upon the actions of the detectives of this country. But I am going to eliminate the evidence of the detectives altogether. And then what do you find? Two merchants, one living in the same building that this woman, occupied, and another right opposite, what is their evidence? That it was a house of ill-fame.. What was the evidence of the plainclothes detective, not paid by Mr. Gordon himself, not paid by anybody that I know of? The evidence of the detective was that it was a house of ill-fame. I say that this has been established beyond a doubt. The evidence has not been denied by the respondent that she frequented that house on several occasions in the middle of the night and remained there an hour and a half or two hours and a half. Will the hon. member for North Perth tell me

Mr. MORPHY; A dressmaking shop.

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September 17, 1917

Mr. THOBURN:

Dressmaking? A woman going to a house with another man in the

middle of the night under the guise of going to a dressmaking establishment? I am astonished at a man of the standing of the hon. member for North Perth trying to make hon. members, .swallow such gush as that.

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September 17, 1917

Mr. THOBURN:

It was not my intention to go into the merits of this case until the Bill was in committee, but after hearing the statements of the ihon. member for North Perth (Mr. Morphy), I feel it my duty to this House to give them some information. Having had the privilege of. healing the evidence, seeing the petitioner and the respondent, and ib'earing the matter thoroughly threshed out in the Private Bills Committee, I could come to no other

conclusion than that the petitioner was entitled to a Bill of divorce, To put the case as briefly as possible, this couple were married and lived together, penhaps not under the happiest conditions, for ten years. At the end of ten years they separated. The point I wanted to make was that the father and the mother of the respondent had lived in their home for a certain length of time. When the mother heard that they had separated, she went to the home to take care of it. That led me to believe that the petitioner could not be the had man that the hon. member for North Perth tries to make him out. The respondent herself admits, according to the evidence, that there was a time when she threw a plate of hot porridge over his head.

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September 17, 1917

Mr. THOBURN:

It was $20 on the last occasion.

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