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There cannot be much satisfaction Iα "goln , around and liekin 1 the editor" when tiie latter not only makes a copy out of the encounter but pictures himself as the hero as well. The following yWid penpicture is takes from the editorial column* of an lowa journal:—"There was a blow. Somebody fell. We got up. Turning upon our antagonist, we succeeded in winding hla arms around our waist, and by a quick manoeuvre threw him on top of us, bringing our back, at the same time, in contact with the eollil bed of the prinUng<press. Then, inserting our noae between hla tetfth and cleverly entangling hla hand" In our hair, we had him!" BANKER'S TRTsAI* The trial of Mr. William Gow, a banker, and associate of Mr. Maxwell the president of the Brooklyn Borough Bank, who committed suicide during the panic of 1006, began in New Xork on January 27 on a specific charge of stealing £28,000.
According to the opening address of the State Attorney, Mr, Clarke, Mr. Gow waa afflicted with "money madness." "He was well-to-do," said the prosecutor, "but filled with wild ambition to become a great financial power. With Maxwell he tried to organise a £250,000 International Trust Company with only £1000 in actual cash.
"Iv pursuance of this sheme Maxwell gave receipts to Gow for £25,000 and £100,000 worm of shares of the International Trnst Company. On these Gow borrowed £120,000 from the Oriental Bank. In a similar manner £50,000 more was raised.
"The day before the International Trust Company was incorporated Gew lacked £28,000 of the required amount. Hβ then Induced the cashier of the Brooklyn Borough Bank to transfer to him a deposit of £28,000 made to the private account of the McGuire estate. After this act of grand larceny the books of the Brooklyn Borough Bank, under Gow's direction, were Juggled wfth to conceal the deficit." GUGGENHEIM DIVORCE SETT. The extraordinary suit brought by a woman styling herself Mrs. Grace B. Guggenheim, the millionaire, was sent on January 25 to a referee for trial after the plaintiff had vainly endeavoured to withdraw the action. Mr. TJntermeyer, counsel for the defendant, described the suit for alimony and divorce as "an impertinent and unwarrantable proceeding." He added that the plaintiff had had three husbauds and was the heroine of two divorces. PUNISHMENT OP "AFFINITIES." Senator Hart has given notice of his intention to introduce Into the New lork Legislature a bill making all "affinities -, subject to imprisonment for from ten to twenty years. The necessity for ench a law, he says, was impressed on him while listening to the trial of Mr Jenkins Halns. His measure provides that whenever a divorce cult Is brought the Public Prosecutor shall immediately prosecute the guilty party. The "New York World" estimates that if \h» bill becomes law at least 80 per cent of the New To* husbands will be sent to penal servitude. Mr Hart declares that the main object of the bill is to punish women as well as men. BBA,TjrPY DOCTOR'S BTHCIDB. Dr. Wbodbury, America's pioneer "beauty specialist," committed suicide on January 18. He had amassed a big fortune, but was greatly worried by impending law suits. Dr. Woodbury originated "beauty parlours," which are now found all over the country. He advertised that he could remove all facial defects, straighten, crooked noses, eliminate wrinkles, make the old look young, and remove moles and superfluous heir.
tjndoubtedly he had many successes, *nt he also had many failures, and sevpral times he was sued by people profe*ing that his treatment had made them worse instead of better. On several occasions, also, he was assaulted by lady clients, who declared that ne had ruined their complexions for life. X>i. Woodbury advertised In all the street trams of N*w York, and was head of the Woodbury Facial Culture Company. Ho began, trade In the soap business, and worked Md way to beauty doctoring by gradual stages. CANADA'S WINTER CARNIVAL. After a lapse of ten years Canada's great winter carnival Is to be resumed this year. The project has taken definite shap<) In spite of the opposition of the railway magnates and others who hold that the glories of Canada's winter should never be mentioned lest they should deter the arrival of immigrants from warmer countries. Above all will be a great shimmering palace of Ice, Illuminated by myriads of fairy-lights at night. The most thrilling scene at the carnival of 1888 was the storming of the ice castle by thousands of snow-shoers in picturesque costumes, who descended the slopes of the mountain at night, each carrying a torch. Their advance' was greeted by showers of fireworks from the castle, the whole forming a scene Incomparably picturesque.
The flrst blocks of Ice for the new Ice palace have already been laid. The palace, with its wall 200 ft In length, Its King Edward Tower 190 ft high. Prince of Wales Tower 95ft high, and Queen Alexandra Tower 85ft high, will require 250,000 cubic feet of ice.
There will be a representation by fireworks of Niagara Falls, a wonderful spectacle stretching tor 225 ft In front of the palace. A MAN FOR SALE. In the advertising columns of a leading New York dally recently there appears the offer of a man, warranted sound In wind and limb, for eale. Hβ describes himself as 43 years old. He says he understands machinery and is a good mechanic, but has been out of work for nine mouths, so he agrees to sell himself for food, clothes, and lodging. If no purchaser is forthcoming he will be knocked down by auction to the highest bidder. The man does not Sign his name, but the philanthropist who financed the advertisement lent his address.
On inquiry, I find, writes a correspondent, that Mr Ixraghiln, secretary to the Brooklyn Board of Trade, had Inserted the advertisement, which he assures us Is genuine In every way. Before the American panic, the man had been earning £5 weekly In a machinery shop, but eince then, despite applications at over 200 machine worfcg which advertised for men, he has failed to secure a job. At most of them, be says, 180 to 200 men were waiting. He has a record of those places and shows them.
Mr Loughlln says that he has personally examined the case, and thinks It is Interesting, as proving that the time Is not yet ripe for the return of the scores of thousands of aliens who left the States for Europe when tbe bard times came last jenr. Industrial conditions are Improve lnj!, but the process is gradual. Mr Loughlln'6 mechanic only demands food, ehelter, and clothing, ana will enter Into a legal bond for one year. He smokes, bnt does not drink, and goes to church weekly.
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TRANGE STORIES FROM THE AMERICAN PAPERS., Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 62, 13 March 1909
TRANGE STORIES FROM THE AMERICAN PAPERS. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 62, 13 March 1909
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