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LAZY HUSBAND ACT.
Whqt is known as the "Lazy Husband Act,"
passed at the last session of the state legislature, is
"an act concerning domestic relations and to pre
vent and punish family desertion or non-support of
wife, or child or children."
Under the provisions of this law any person who
has any child under the age of 16, who is dependent
upon him or her for care, education or support, and
deserts such child in any manner whatever, with in
tent to abandon it; or any person who omits, with
out lawful excuse to furnish necessary food, cloth
ing, shelter, or medical attendance for his or her
child or children, or ward or wards, shall be guilty of
Further: Any person possessing sufficient abil
ity, or who is able to provide or earn the means for
his wife's support, who wilfully abandons and leaves
her in destitute condition, or who refuses or neglects
to provide her with necessary food, clothing, shelter
or medical attendance, unless by her misconduct, he
is justified in abandoning her, shall also be guilty of
In any of these cases the court may render one
of three orders:
1. A fine. Should a fine be imposed' the court
may direct it to be paid in whole or in part to the
wife or to the guardians, or custodians of the child
or children, or to some person appointed by the court
2. Either before trial, or after conviction, with
the consent of the defendant, the court, taking into
consideration the financial ability, or earning power
o ftfae defendant, has the power to make an order
(which may be changed from time to time as circum
stances may require) by which the defendant must
pay a certain sum each week for as long a time as the
court shall direct, for the support of wife, or child
The court also has the power to release the de
fendant from custody or probation for a specified
length of time, upon his or her entering into a recog
nizance with or without sureties in such sum as the
court may direct.
The conditions of this recognizance to be such
that if the defendant makes his or her appearance in
court, when ordered to do so, and complies with the
terms of the order, then the recognizance shall be
void. Otherwise it remains in full force and in ef-
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THE SEATTLE REPUBLICAN
3. Imprisonment and labor. When upon convic
tion imprisonment in the county jail is imposed, the
court may direct that the person so convicted shall
be compelled to work upon the public roads, or high
ways, or any other public work in the county during
the time of sentence.
And during this time the board of county com
missioners shall allow and order the payment, out
of the current funds, at the end of each calendar
month, a sum not to exceed $1.50 for each day's work
done by said prisoner, to the wife, or guardian or
custodian of the minor child or children, or to the
trustee appointed by the court.
SEATTLE'S BIG STORE.
From a modest foundation, laid May Ist, 1890,
Seattle's big store has grown so swiftly and yet so
steadily during the last twenty-three years, until it
is universally recognized as one of the leading mer
cantile establishments of the West—and it is one of
the Seattle institutions that every Seattleie finds a
personal interest in.
Its present home is a full city block, on Second
Avenue extending from Union Street to Pike Street,
also all the upper stories of the Hancock Block at the
corner of First Avenue and Union Streets, besides
the large warehouse and stables on Western Avenue,
between Bell and Battery Streets.
The Bon Marche of today aggregates about seven
and a half acres of floor space and constantly em
ploys between one and two thousand people.
That the management is deeply interested in the
welfare of those who work for it, is evidenced by the
stand it has taken in regard to the minimum wage
bill—by its welfare work among its helpers —such as
an employes' cafeteria, in order that its salespeople
can get good, wholesome meals at cost, or less.
Recently a Bon Marche Choral Society has been
started, in charge of a talented vocal teacher, and all
employes who choose, may have the best vocal tui
tion, the expense being entirely borne by the man
There are many interesting things to see on a
tour over the Bon Marche—showing to what pains
and expense the management has gone to make shop
ping a pleasure. The rest and retiring rooms, lav
ishly fitted up with every possible convenience—the
cafe, with its wholesome foods at very moderate
prices, and with a pleasant waiting room for women
and a cosy smoking room for men.
The information bureau, the free checking room,
the U. S. postal sub-station, an office where city light
and water bills may be paid—these are a few of the
shopping helps this store maintains.
Through its foreign offices at Paris, Chemitz,
Manchester and St. Gall, it keeps in close touch with
the markets and fashion centers of the Old World,
and is able to display the new styles shortly after
they appear in Paris.
Big as the Bon Marche is today, it is still grow
ing, and only recently purchased a block of land on
Fourth Avenue from Pine to Stewart Street, where
it is intended to erect a first class seven-story steel
building, that will be the last word in store archi
tecture and equipment.
The Bon Marche is celebrating its twenty-third
birthday by holding a series of anniversary sales, for
twenty-three business days, one for each year of its
existence, starting Monday, May sth and also by
baking a mammoth birthday cake, weighing some
hundreds of pounds, which will be cut up later, and
THE LAWYERS LAUGH.
From Case and Comment.
Waters, and Water's Ways. A well-known New
York lawyer and judge, says Brooklyn Life, invited
a friend of his, a lawyer from Boston, to go for a
short trip on his yacht. A storm came up, and the
boat began to roll in a manner the Boston man did
not relish. The judge laid a hand on his friend's
shoulder, and said, "My dear fellow, is there any
thing I can do to make you comfortable?" "Yes,"
was the grim reply, "overrule this motion."
Legal Classification. "In Cork," says O'Connel,l
"I remember a supernumerary crier, who had been
put in the place of an invalid, trying to disperse the
crowd by explaiming with a stentorian voice: " 'All
you baekguards that isn't lawyers, lave the presinee
of the court entirely, or I'll make ye, by the pow
Didn't Want to Tell. At Denver a few weeks
ago a colored woman presented herself at a registra
tion booth with the intention of enrolling and cast
ing her first vote in the ensuing election.
She gave her name, her address, and her age;
and then the clerk of registration asked this ques
"What party do you affiliate with?"
The woman's eyes popped out.
"Does I have to answer dat question!" she de
"That is the law," he told her.
"Den you jes' scratch my name off en dem
books," she said. "Ef I got to tell his name I don't
want to vote. Why, he ain't got his divorce yit!"
And out she stalked.—Saturday Evening Post.
A Good Definition. J. Van Vechten Olcott, of
New York, tells the story of how Rufus Choate got
from a witness the finest definition ever heard of
"What do you think is absent-mindedness?"
asked Choate, who was putting the witness through
a hot cross-examination.
"Well," replied the witness in a slow, deliberate
tone, "if a man who thought he had left his watch
at home, took it out of his pocket to see if he had
time to go back and get it, I would call him a leetle
Well Seasoned. A suit had been pending for
more than thirty years in Connecticut, going to and
fro from the supreme court, and finally after resting
awhile the witnesses were found to be dying off, and
it was brought to trial. Among the witnesses were
two brothers, very old men, named Beech. The one
first called gave a very minute narration of facts con
nected with the case, and the judge asked him his
age, and he replied it was ninety-one years. The
court asked him about his habits. He said he had
always lived a temperate and upright life and never
was sick a day. The court, turning to the jury, told
them they could plainly see the effects of proper and
temperate habits followed through a long life. And
the next witness was the older brother, who was
ninety-three years of age. His testimony was equally
explicit in all particulars as that of his younger
brother, and the court asked him about his habits,
etc., about as he had the younger brother. He said
in reply, that he had led a rollicking life ever since
he became fifteen years of age; had drunk, smoked,