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Extraordinary Case of Sex.

i While such great interest exists in Con*' : ’ nection with the sensational case of' Die 1 Lacy Evans, the following, startling states ment of alleged fact from a New York paper, which has taken it from the La Crosse Democrat,” will doubtless prove ! interesting to our readers coiret-.-' pondent writes us from Waterloo,, lowa,, asking if we know one Edgar Burnham,: and of his history. We do and it, is .a strange true tale, known to hundreds. Wo give it in the ‘‘ Democrat " as it. if, and we may correct some errors those who ■ speak of him have fallen into. Eight years since, when ,we were engaged as city editor of a Milwaukee paper, there livedin this State an editor named Powell, now - connected with a Ohicargo we think. In 1862 Powell was marriedtoa, Miss Ellen, Burnham, Wls' : con sin, after a' courtship of some months.” : Miss Burnhath’s patents' white residents of Brodhead, and of!.’ highrespectability. The daughter taught mUwe', ‘ had ! a large number of pupils,' and Vefcy Powell lived with her as a husbandfor two years, she being all that : tiiiie a good ivife ( in all respects—presenting ‘ him with ;: But ! one child. At the expiration of ab'orit two ’ years, Mrs. Powell’s voice Was changed, 1 she grew light whiskers ' arid gradually changed her sex, developing!nto a mart in all respects. The husband and wife separated when thewifo became a man, and Mrs. Ellen Powell took the name' of Edward Burnhairi, dorined male attirt) sought and' obtained employment clerk in Ohicargo, arid lived a single IlllA for one year. During this time he fell in love with a neico of Senator Morgan,.of New York, but did .not marry her; for reasons not pertinent to this article. ■ But about the end of tlie year he did marry a young lady of Brodhead, Wisconsin-—a Miss Gerta Everett, who whs a music pupil of his when he was Miss Ellen Burnham, over three years previous to the marriage. This second marriage was about' two years ago. Soon after this rixarriage ‘Edgar’ Burnhairi and wife removed to Waterloo,-; lowa, where they now reside, or’did not long sincte. 1 ' The former gild is now a man, the ‘former wife is now a husband, the former toother is now. a father the former young lady teacher of a young lady is now that young lady’s husband. Truth is indeed Stranger than fiction, arid the above simple"statemen t of facts borders so upon the marvellous, we could not believe it, did we riot personally know all the parties, . Any one can be convinced by writing to the parties in either of the places we havo named of the full and entire truth of 'this most wonderful transformation, which puzzles not only the medical but the wh<&A scientific world, and which fact now for the first tima in print, though the particulars have been long known toils and to many other newspapermen • arid prominent citizens of .this State, as' to nealy all the citizens of Brodhead, the parties so long resided.” ’ We that Mr. James Ross, of Melbourne, writes to the “Herald” confirming tha truth of the above story. iHe sajs h* knew Mrs. Powell as a woman and afterwards as a man, A

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume I, Issue 29, 2 December 1879

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Extraordinary Case of Sex. Ashburton Guardian, Volume I, Issue 29, 2 December 1879