Last evening Judge of Probate Newkirk got np trom the supper table aud was preparing himself to go down town, when in walked his neighbor üerbardt Josenhans and proposed a game of ciieckers. Now Judge Newkirk is sometbing of a checker player, and of course lie could not withstand a challenge. He little thonght that -Mr. Josenhans was au aren conspirator, and tbe innocent game of checkers wasonly a sabterfuge. A little while later a company of frienda walked iu aud took complete posession of the house. They presented tbe jadge witb a handsoine Stein as a slight token of their good wishes upon his 45th birthday anniversary. The good people played whist nntil a late hour, the only interruption being a toothsoine lunch. The parties present were Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Brown, Mr. and Mrs. John W. Bennett, Dr. and Mrs. H. K. Lmn, Ex-Sheriff and Mrs. William Judson, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Rentschler, Dr. and Mrs. A. C. Nichols, Mr. and Mrs. John Schlee and Mr. and Mrs. Gerhardt Josenhans. They all speut a áelightfnl eveniug.