Witness to the Deed | George Manville Fenn

In Witness to the Deed, a young girl who is the daughter of an admiral, had previously married a man who turned out to be a forger, and who was believed to have died. The hero of the book was due that day to marry her, and was very much in love with her.

Just as he is departing for the church, a visitor appears, and states that, far from being dead, he is the girl's husband. He demands money; there is a fight; two pistol-shots are fired; the bridegroom-to-be does not turn up at the wedding; several people are seriously upset, and remain so throughout Witness to the Deed.