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Ma4»me Aste de Yalaayre la undoubtedly the heroine of the hour In Paria, and her h\teet deed of daring forms a toplo of conversation which eclipses m Interest the doln.s of the Baudinia's and Boulan gists. Tbe esteemed lady-duelllst and debater is not only a theoretical, but also a consummately praotioal obamplon of the "rights" of ber sseax — a faot whioh was proved beyond dispute or oontradlotlon|by the feat whioh abe had juat accomplished m the Rue ■de Vanvea, not be It remembered, with her folia, with whioh ahe Is a " paat mistress," but with ber fists. It appears that during Monday afternoon a man with revolving eyea and rolling gait, which betokened his repent exit from a dramshop wherein he had boen Imbibing more pet riaverres or more petlt-bleq tbat waa good " for hlip, was amusing bis maudlin mome ntq by leering at and Insulting all the pretty women whom he met In the qonrse of bis wild and wandering walk abroad. Luoklly j for tbe interests of the insulted members of her sex, little Madame de Yalaayre "oame along," aa the Americans say, just at the right moment, took m the , situation at a glance, and, as the unsteady person was addresalng an amorous observation to a quietly dreaaed young woman who was ln a state of great alarm, the terrible champion of all suffering females gave him wltb lightning-like rapidity not ope, bnt two, Mr the eye.' Predestined, np doubt, by numeroua potations for his fajl, tbe puodlln annoyer of maids and matrons waa sent sprawling Into tbe gutter, Instead, however, of 'coming up smiling 1 after the blows of the lady. oharopion, the drunkard returned to hia feet, bleeding and dlsoomfited. Seeing Madame de Y*lsayre sti'l maintaining an aggressive pugilistic attitude before him, he nonaged to beat a tolerably sobej: retreat tq an adjaceut polipe atation, l amid the loud lapghtbr of the &*.aarpbled byatanders. A g^inln who waa one of the spectators of the lively inoident took off his cap and led a chorus of Galllo cheers, known as vlvats, for the pugilistic protectress of tht wtaktr veise|s,

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2094, 22 March 1889

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A PLUCKY FRENCHWOMAN Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2094, 22 March 1889