Leeds Mercury, 18 Jan 1913, page 4

Telephone Girl Becomes Countess

A former telephone girl becomes a British Peeress in consequence of the death of Lord Ashburnham.  The new Countess of Ashburnham is a New Brunswick girl, who as Miss Maria Anderson, was employed as operator by the New Brunswick Telephone Company at Fredericton.  Major the Hon Thomas Ashburnham, who succeeds this brother as sixth Earl of Ashburnham, arrived in New Brunswick twelve years ago.  He married Miss Anderson in 1903. The Earl and Countess of Ashburnham will sail for England immediately.  The new Earl of Ashburnham was formerly a captain in the 7th Hussars, and an aide-de-camp to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland.  He is fifty-eight years of age.