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A lady and gentleman were travelling together on an English railway. They wero perfect strangers to each other. Suddenly tbe gentleman said — '• Madam, .1 will trouble you to look oat of the window for a few minutes ; I am going to msfce some changcß m my apparel." Certainly, sir," sho replied with politeness, rising and turning her back upon him, la a short time he said — " Novr, madam my change is completed, and you may reeume year sea 1 ;." When the lady turned she beheld her mala companion transformed into a dashing lady, with a heavy V6il over her faoe, " Now sir, or madam, whichever yon like, said the lady, "I must trouble you to lookout of tbe window, for I also have some ohargea to make m my apparel. " " Certainly, madam," and the gentleman In lady's attire immediately complied. " Now, sir, yon may resume your seat " To his great surprise, on resuming his seat, the gentleman m female attire found bis lady companion transformed into a man. He then laughed and eaid— " It appears that we are both anxious to avoid recognition. What have ynu done? I have robbed a bank." " And I," said the whilom lady, as he dexterously fettered his companion's wrist with a pair of handcuffs, "am Detective J , of Sootland Yard, and m female apparel have shadowed you ; now," drawing a revolver, "keep still." — Argonaut.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2030, 7 January 1889

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CLEVERLY TRAPPED. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2030, 7 January 1889