A curious case of mistaken identity

A man’s body was found floating in Leith Harbour and identified as that of a painter named Melrose, residing in Edinburgh, who had been missing some time.

The supposed widow arranged for the funeral, but the Inspector of the Poor, seeing the identification published, thought he had had the painter in the poorhouse for months past.

The pauper was confronted on Tuesday, and was at once identified by his wife, who greeted him more with abuse than affection, and he was glad to again seek his poorhouse sanctuary.

The Gloucester Citizen, March 20, 1890.

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