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Jennie Bonnett's Fatal Freak

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A letter from San Francisco says : The persistency of Jennie Bonnott in wearing male attire, after making her whim several years a diversion for herself and her acquaintanees, has ended in her dreadful death. She was bom in Paris tweüty-peven years ago, and her father and fflbthei were actors. The family carne to San francisco in 1852, and Mr. Bonnett, being able to speak English with sufficient accuracy, was employed during the next dozen years or so in the poorer theaters. After that he was employed in a mercan tile establishment. Jennie grew up about aa she wouid, tíüd her ways were wild. One of her fancies was the irearing of male attire, and she wore her hair short in order to assist in the disguise. Ser features wero not femininely delicate, nor her voice as light as is common with her sex ; and consequently no strauger would guess that she was not a goodloökisg, boyish fellow. Her dash in amusement was in keeping with her business viffl. She dealt in frogs, supplied the large hotelö and restaurants with them, and deriyed fiom them an ampie income. Tho money thtw sectired was spent in luxurious living. Yesterday Jennie started out in her favorite disguitíe, with a young companion named Blanche Puneau. on an excursión of fun. They hired horse and carriage at a livery stable, and drove to San Miguel, stopping there at j the San Miguel Hotel, a small establishment that thrives on its restaurant, being close by the railïoad depot. The landlord knew Jennie because she had often been in his house, and her free expenditures made him a safe guardián oí her'secret. That day Jennie and Blanche went horseback riding, and in the evening they dined sumptuously at the hotel, drinking more wine than women usually do. They had intended to return to the city earlier, and had so informed the livery man, and, alarmed by their continued absence, he followed them to regain his property. He quarreled with Jennie and was about to strike her, whereupon the landlord told him that she was a woman and he desisted. The horse and wagon were then taken away by the owner, the women deciding to remain all night. Blanche had an accepted lover, William Deneve, whom she was engaged to marry. He was a Frenchman, and extreinely jealous. Once lie saw ner with Jennie, who was unknown to him, and whom he at once regarded as an iaterloping young man. Deneve at that time upbraided Blanche, but she did not undeceive him as to Jennie's identity. It is believed that he saw, or in some way learneil of her departure yesterday for Sao Miguef, was furiously excited by her a iparent flckleness, followed them, and watched their movements until the terrible end of the adveiifctiro. The room in which Jennie and Blanche were to sleep was in the first story, adjoined a balcony. They retired late. Blanche got into bed first, and Jennie was preparing to do so. Snddeniy, without previous warning; there was a gunflash and a report at the window, and a heavy charge of buckshot entered Jennie's side, killing her imtantly. Ulanche ran screaming to the door, : arousing the liousehold with lier cries, j : The frightened landlord hesitated to go ! to the balcony, and before he bracad his courage sufflciently to make a search the ; imirderer had escaped. A. Plausible and Beautiful Demon. Catherine de Medicis waa essentially a type of her age and nation. Iago's phrase, "Virtue, a ñgl 'tis in ourselves that we are thus, or thtw," might well I have been the motto of the Italian of the sixteenth oentury; to be honest, honorable, and ingenuous, was, in his creed, to be a fooi; to be crafty, cunning, and dissiniulating, was to be a man worthy of all respect; the most pitiless of assassins -when his interests were balanced against human Ufe, but wholly destitute of that sanguinary ferocity, that tigerish love of blood, whicli breaks out in the Frenehman whenever bis passions are aroused by political or religiou fanaticism. Thus Oatherine was by nature tolerant, and aversetocruelty; butruthless as destiny to all who threatened her ambition. A skeptic to revealed religión, she was profoundly credulous to evey superstition ; an astrologer attended her wherever she went; she never I engaged in any scheme without first consulting the stars; and af ter her death all kinds of aniulets and charms were found upon her person. She is accredited with having been proioundly skiUed in the science of poisoning, which reached such a terrible perfection among the Italiana at the close of the middle ages; a pair of gloves, a bouquet, a perfumed handkerchief, could convey death to an enemy and yet defy detection. Marvelously tenacious of purpose, fer! tile in resources, and unacrupulous in ; action, she might havo crusued all who opposed her dominion, and rendered her j power absolute, had she possessed more of the grandeur of wickodness; but her policy was ever temporizing. ever emas' culatea by an excess of subtlety; she preferred poison and the dagger to tiae ax and sword, preferred to raaim rather than crush aneneniy; she excited terror, butneverawi. Yet, when occasion required, her courage was unquestionable. She was a dauntless huntress of the stag and the wild boar, and had frequently sustained severe injuries in their pursuit. And Brantome tella us, speaking of the siege of Rouen: " She failed not to come every day to Fort St. Catherine to hold council and to watch the firing of the batteries. I have often seen her passing along that hollow way of St. Oatherine, the cannon and musket shot raining around her, for which she cared nothing. When Monsieur the Constable and M. de Guiso remonstrated with her, saying that misforttuie would come of it, she only langhed and said she would not spare herself any more than thera, since she had as good a courage as they had, but not the streugth their sex had designe tl them." In manners she was affable and courteous, and had the sweetest of smiles and the most musical of voices; and, rarest praise of all in that licentious age, scandal scarcely tarnished her reputation. - Temple Bar. A Bride Not in Her Teeus. A unique wedding took place at CloI verdalo last Sunday, at the residencio oi one of our citizens. ïho ha]ipy pair j were froin the Dry Creek mountaios. The bridegroom was about 19 or 20 years of age, aad over the bride's head I Bonw 12 t-ummers hal lightly danced. The happy tvtain left for Texas the next ' day. We were told the bride qnietly informed u couple of iadies that sho " guessed she wasn't the ürat one what was married young." -Santa Rosa, {Val.) Demoerat.


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