GIRL IS TOLD SHE CAN'T
Paris, Jan. 6. Mile. Marie Ker
guel, a midonette, is in a bad fix.
Marie wants to get married,
but Paris authorities say she can
not because she does not exist,
and Marie would like to know
what she is going to do about it.
So would Jean Poncet, the man in
Marie and Jean strolled into
the registrar's office at Lorient,
a suburb, last Saturday. They
held each other's hands, and
blushed a great deal.
"Ah!" said the police registrar,
"a bridal couple, is it not?"
Jean struggled bravely with his
heart, which was butting into his
throat, and remarked that it was.
"And what is the name of the
lady ?" asked the registrar.
lean told him.
"And where was she born?"
asked the registrar.
"Here," said Jean, "at 17 Rue
de Bordeaux, on the fourth of
January, 1894. This is her birth
day." The registrar hunted through
his books to get a record of the
birth. He came back wearing a
"Are you sure of the date and
place?" he asked.
"Yes," said Jean, "I talked with
her mother just before coming
here, and Mon Dieu, her mother
ought to know."
The registrar had another hunt
through the books, and came
"Then," he said, "you cannot
be married, because the lady's
birth is H6t registered. There-
WED BECAUSE SHE AIN'T
fore she does not exist. It is im
possible for you to marry one
who does not exist, is it not?"
"But, m'sieu," said Jean, as his
race palea, see, nere is tne may. a-
CVq r1-wo ovicf I -' 1
"Ah!" said the registrar, "but
under the law, my dear M'sieu
Poncet, under the law "she does
not exist at all."
Jean and Marie returned to
Marie's home wearing sad and
puzzled expressions. There they
learned the truth.
Marie's birth never had been
registered. Owing to the imme
diate illness of Marie's mother
after the baby was born, the reg
istering was quite forgotten
And both Marie and Jean
would like to know what in cham
pagne they are going to do about
it. Under the law of France,
Marie ain't and never was.
AND HE DIDN'T GET A TIP
Chas. E. Vaeth, asst. supt. of
Pinkerton agency here, took look
at colored porter who was brush
ing off his clothes in a barber
shop. "You're Dan Fields of
Memphis, aren't you?" he asked.
Negro admitted it. "Well, come gv
along, they want you there for
forgery. Had received Field's
picture just before entering the
MERRIAM FOR ALDERMAN
Charles E. Merriam, Bull
Moose leader, today announced
his candidacy for alderman from i
the Seventh Ward.
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