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STRANGE STORIES FROM THE AMERICAN PAPERS.

THEEE HUSBANDS IN COURT. Mrs Josephine SloehTlng and three men who had been her husband at different times were together In court at St. Louis recently. • Henry C. Meyer, of Granite City, says he Is the only husband of Mrs Moehring, and he eat beside her in the court room, but Joseph Moehring alleges band, and he Is suing for a divorce from her. EmU -w. Maulhart, the third man in the strange tangle, does not know whether he is her husband or not, although he married her. His principal object In being in court Is to listen to the testimony, and find out whether she is or ever was his wife, and whether It will be necessary for him to get a divorce. Meyer Is trying to find out whether it will be necessary for him to mnrry her again. If she Is now the legal wife of Moehring she could not have been legally married to Meyer last October. If the suit now on trial establishes that Moehrlng is her legal husband, and if he is granted a divorce Meyer declares that he will have a legal ceremony of marriage performed. AMERICAN CLERGY SHOCKED. "The Girl from Rector's," adapted from the French of Pierre Veber by Paul M. Potter, which had its first production at Trenton, New Jersey, recently, came to a sudden close in consequence of a protest made by the clergymen of the city on the ground that the performance was indecent. Appeal was made to the police to put innry action could be taken the management decided to bring the engagement to n close and to refund all money received

for tickets. MODERN SLAVERY. Over 300 able-bodied men. in Greater New York, says the "Xew York American," are desperate with hunger, and are literally offering themselves for sale. Mr E. T. O'Loughlin, an auctioneer, of Brooklyn, has been so ever-whelmed men willing to sell themselves that he publishes this strange advertisement:— "Wanted, donation of church or hall for one night, where I may sell 200 men at auction. I see no other way." Mr O'Loughlin states that he has consulted his solicitors, who have advised him that the sale does not conflict with the Constitution of the United States prohibiting slavery, since those who deeire to be sold are not going into Involuntary servitude. The unemployed, he says, who will be publicly offered for sale will wear masks over their features. Mr O'Loughlin has received heartrending letters from all sorts and conditions of men, including an editor and a poet, who accompanied his offer with a poem, saying he rould write verse but could not satisfy hunger. PRINCE'S LOVE STORY. Three years ago a wealthy Russian princess and her son, a youth of twenty, attended a reception during a visit to Paris. There the prince met a young widow of good family, who hod been left almost penniless by her husband's death. He fell in love with her, but the prince's mother, on learning of the attachment, toffk him back to Russia. The two lovers exchanged About a year ago the prince paid another visit to Paris, and at a music hall at Montmartre he encountered his old sweetheart. Her story was a sad one. Left without money she was driven to earning her 'ivlng as best she could. The prince chivalrously wished to many the woman, but his mother in borror, vetoed the match. Through the police, she brought pressure to bear upon the woman, and induced her to leave Paris nnd renounce the projected union. Touched by her renunciation, the princess settled upon her a pension of £400 a year. She also gave M. Lepine a cheque for £6000 to establish n fund for the rescue of young girls in similar cases. The story became known at the annual meeting of the fund the other day, when the generous founder attended in person.

NIAGARA ICEBOUND. The roar of Niagara Palls suddenly ceased on Saturday ntgbt, February 13, only a mere trickle of water flowing Into the majestic gorge below. The rapids, which some people usually consider more picturesque than the Falls themselves, lost their fury, while the whirlpool was barely in motion. Strangest of all, the population of the city of Niagara Falls, or many of roar of the great waters for years has been their lullaby. These phenomena ore attributed to heavy Erie, and to the accumulation of an enormous ice barrier on Goat Island, which divides the river just as it plunges towards the Falls. Only once before in fifty yeare has a similar spectacle been witnessed. The icebound Falls sciutlllnte in the sun, and over them are splendid rainbows, uniting the American and Canadian shores. Huge crowds flocked to the ice for the excitement of reaching the little islands that are inaccessible at other times. CANADIAN INDIAjNS AND GREENBACKS. Wealth 'has suddenly come to the French HiTer Indians through the sale of valuaMe timber on their lands near Date Niplssing. Ontario. Tor many y-ears the late chief of the OjlCways sternly repulsed the advances of the lumbermen, but his son 'has yielded to their solicitations, and It Is stated tout altogether the band will ultimately be entTHed to something like £200,000. The distribution, of the first instalment to the tribe was made, by Indian Agent Oockburn at Sturgeon Falls. The assembled braves listened stolidly to 'the explanations of the agent that the piece of paper -each received meant that a large sum of money was in the Quebec Bank to their credit, wtrtch could be obtained wien required. A short lecture on banking and the convenience of the savings department followed, after which the recipients marched solemnly to th"c ba.uk and drew the face value of the cheques. BurS-ned with wealth, they returned to the .ngent's office, wfiere e-ach Indian piled his money up on the table, and joyfully regarded the sta-eks of greenbacks which spelt ease and comfort for some time to come. One Indian insisted on. having bills of small denomination, and was loaded with a mountain of greenbacks. TVHh a grin he staggered into the offl-ce, money bulging out of every pocket. Slowly unpacking 'himself, he piled his treasure on the table, making a bigger display than any of his red "brothers, afforded him the greatest satisfaction. With difficulty the men were dissuaded from carryiiir: off their money to the reserve, 20 miles across Nipissing; but, finally, after making generous purchases and paying their bills, nearly all deposited £heir wealth in tne ■'bank. It is stated that the sale will mean an Income to some families o f . £600 a year.

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STRANGE STORIES FROM THE AMERICAN PAPERS. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 80, 3 April 1909

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