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A magistrate was sitting in his room, when there entered the wife of one oi his tenants, whom he (the vicar) would call Mrs Smith. Asked her business she said : " "Well, your honor, 1 suppose you knows my husband Jahn is very bad ?" " Yes," said the magistrate, " I have heard so, and am extremely sorry. He is one of my best tenants, and I shall miss him very much indeed." •' Yes," said Mrs Smith. " It's a bad job. Jahn is gwain cute enough. I suppose you knows Fanner Jackson. He's a widdlcr (widower), and wants somebody very bad to mind his cows and calves j and I'm sure when Jahn's gone I shall want somebody to take it about the weather and the crops j so please, your honor, we've made up our minds to be married when Jahn's gone. The magistrate said he did npt altogether disapprove of second marriages, but he thought it was most improper lor Mrs Smith to be talking about marrying again before her first husband was gone, more especially such a good man as her John was. He certainly cou.d not approve of such a thing, but he wished to know why she had iulormed him of the iact ? "Well, please your honor," replied Mrs Smith, *' I've told Jaha what I be gwain to do, and he hev a tuk on terribly about it, and he do say that if 1 ever marries tanner Jackson, he'll haunt me. Now, please your honor, Ido want to know if I can swear the peace again 'un?" =^ ========== ■Betting, professionalism, and rowdyism at football matohes in Victoria and South Australia are beooming very seriouß matters and are attraoting ooneiderable attention. The leading oluba in Melbourne have a trainer to attend to their teams, and the men are treated more after the style of raoehoriea pi professional pedeßiriana than players engaged in a friendly game, aaoh player being rubbed down and his body oiled by the trainer before the game eommenoea. The latest ease of rowdineßß occurred in Adelaide in the matoh between Norwoods and Port Adelaide whioh resulted in a draw— three goals eaob. It was terrible rough game, three players being injured and one knocked insensible. Fifteen thousand people were present, and the ground was rushed by roughs, and at the conclusion of the game there were several free fights. Some of the females present fainted, and the secretary of the Port Adelaide Olub dropped inaansible through excitement.

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A NORTH DEVON SIORY, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2223, 11 September 1889

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A NORTH DEVON SIORY Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2223, 11 September 1889