$50,000 Alienation Suit. John Cooper Arrested on Charge Made by C.N. Robinson of Maspeth, L.I - JuniperCivic.com
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Originally published in the November 2010 Juniper Berry Magazine

$50,000 Alienation Suit. John Cooper Arrested on Charge Made by C.N. Robinson of Maspeth, L.I

(January 24, 1909) On an order issued by Justice Maddox of the Supreme Court, Brooklyn, yesterday a Deputy Sheriff arrested John Cooper, said to be President of the Cooper Construction Company, a New Jersey corporation, in a suit brought against him by Clarence N. Robinson of 3 Columbia Avenue, Maspeth, L.I., to recover $50,000 for the alienation of the affections of his wife, Mrs. Leonora Robinson, Cooper gave $2,000 bail, and was not locked up. He says he has a good defense.

In an affidavit Robinson says he married his wife on Sept. 14, 1887. They have a daughter 17 years old. Robinson is employed by the Booklyn Rapid Transit Company. He says he and his wife lived happily until last August when, while he was at home ill, a postcard arrived for his wife. It purported to come from South America. He asked Mrs. Robinson who she knew there, and she replied no one.

A week later another postcard arrived from the same place. He says his wife denied any knowledge of the person it came from. On Sept. 1, 1908, says Robinson in his affidavit, I went on a visit to relatives of hers in Wayne County, and I saw in the room of a cousin of Mrs. Robinson a similar postcard. I asked who the writer of the card was and she said that the sender was John Cooper who had visited my house three years ago while I was away.

Robinson further sets forth that on Jan. 18 of this year while his wife was away a letter in the same handwriting was delivered for her. He opened it. It was addressed to My Dear N., and signed Cousin John asking that Mrs. Robinson make an appointment.

Robinson says he resealed the letter and said nothing about it. Two days later another letter arrived. It read: Dear N.: Will look for you Wednesday afternoon. Should some accident prevent meeting would expect you Thursday, Yours, Cousin John.

As a result of these letters Robinson says he went to a house in East Twenty-seventh Street and found Cooper and Mrs. Robinson.