Clipped From The Richmond Item
ONE MOKE rsfORTPXATE. Tired f Lite and Weary of lie Kuf feiluK,I2mnia Jeter . n as Hfr Career via tUe Morpnine Itoutc. Another life which rf quired but a little ease to make it sweet, ended last night, and a young girl who only n -quired -quired riches to have me her beautiful took the last sad step in a life of hard work. It seems strange that in a country so free as this and sowed croferned that even those who work hard and long can find not enough to make life worth the bavins:: bavins:: vet such cases as the suicide of Emma Jester last evening tend to stow that even here life when com bined with an eternal struggle against poverty and temptation is hardly worth the living, to those who find it out. There have been waiting at the tables at the Huntington for some time two sisters named Emma and Amanda Jester, two very pretty srirls, great favorites among the gues's, and their associates, . and bearir.g an excellent reputation Emma was 22 years of age, the other, some 3 ears younger. Emma was a slight -built -built girl with light com plexion, dark eyes with black lashes and long black hair which she wore in curls. She always dressed in good taste and often appeared on the street in white, the two sisiers being nearly always together. Last Light she went home as usual, and the balance of the story as we give it we got from her mother and sister. Her mother is a widow livirg over John Paxson's meat market on the avenue. For some weeks Emma has been in bad health, and about two weeks ago complained of cramps in her stomacb. giving her such pain that she could not sleep. She spoke then of taking morphine in hope of get- get- Ing ease, but ber mother talked her out of the notioD. Night before last she occupied the bed with her mother, ho was ill, but did not sleep much, for pain. In the morn ing her mother advised her not to go to work that day as she was so ill. but she did go. When the girls g t home he, comp'ained considerably and finally put on her bat and left the r3om, returning' in a few mo ments. Soon after she went to the room occupied by the two girls. Her sister going in soon after found a glass of water ha'f emptied and an emntv paper hbelled morphine. This was about 850. She asked her if she had taken the drug and she said she had and that she had taken ttn cents worth. This did not appear to alarm the o hers, and when Amanda went to bed soon after Emma was still awakft. At about ten o'c!o?k they were awakened , by her heavy breathing and found it impossible to awake her. Physicians were sent for, but much delay was experienced in getting one, several called on being being out. Finally Drs. Ilowells and Jay were secured, but came too late,' the girl dying at about 1 o'clock. Mrs. Jester says the girl had never taken morphine to her knowledge, and she Is positive she .took it only to ease her pain and make it possible to get to sleep. A peculiar remark, however, would seem to indicate otherwise. - When the sister came to gototwd, Emma asked "Are you going to sleep with me?" She said she was and asked why she Inquired. Emma replied "Well, you may if you want to." ' The morphine was procured at i. Ballarcl'3 drug store ner by, ana wi learned from him that he regards :it a clear case of suicide. He says she was addicted to the tis? of morphine for he had refused to sell it to, her, not thinkibg she knew how to use I. Last evening be was out whan she came in, and hU clerk sold her five grains. Since then he has learnel that she took half ofit in an orange and the, balance ;in water, and h e has no doubt she did It with suicidal 1 ntbnt. :- :- She bad complained to him before that she had to work har i find couldn't sleep and wanted morphine morphine to inike ter sleep; and th )ug i he had never sold it to her he was c-rtain c-rtain c-rtain she had got it elsewhere elsewhere and knew how to use it .too well to make any mistake, From our conversation with Dr. Ballard we gained information which leads us to suspect teat the m rphine habit has gained a great deal of foothold here and is gaining rapidly, especially am ng the young, though we have no opium joints. He t-ays t-ays t-ays there are numberless cases ho call upon bim whom he refuses, for fear they will take too much of it. They get railroaders and others to get it for them at Indianapolis or Cincinnati, and then sell it out to others. One woman who used to buy it of him bought so , large quan. titles tbat he said to her not long since that he was afraid to sell to her that she wa3 using too much. She replied that she did not use much of it herself, but sold it to others others 'who could not get It. She said "I make more on it than you do; the boys briDg the glrl3 to ray room and I sell it to them in doses." THE NUDE IN ART, Difficulties Encouutered by San " FrancUco Maiden tn Ponu. lug Artiitlc Studies. . Sau FrancUco Cbroaicle. An Oakland father of a young girl, or rather young lady, for she wears long skirts and disdains flirtations flirtations with young men who do not wear mustaches, recently hd occasion occasion to be yery angry at hi3 offspring. She had discovered that she ws not color bllnd.and conceiving this nega- nega- J. tivequalificaliontobethe only one which painters possess, she had prevailed prevailed upon her parents to allow her to join a painting class. This class met in the studio of Frank Yates, in the building formerly occupied by the Morse photographic gallery. It was the discovery of a "What Is It" in his daughter's portifolio of sketches that aroused the Indignation Indignation of the Oakland citizen. No one having seen what this object looked like, it Is of course impossible to describe describe it. It Is not, however, Impossible Impossible to tell tbe cons quences. 1 be re was angry father on the following following morning demanding admission admission to the Yates' studio, with the result that a living and moving scene was causnd which might be called a female painting class alarmed. alarmed. The angry Oaklander, who threatened to kick in the panel3 unless unless admitted, certainly gave tbem good grounds Lv alarm, for had he carried out the threats at mat mo ment he would have seen' a nude man, whoa moment before was pos- pos- ins as "Adam 13.. fore the Fall" making frantic endeavors to crawl u .der a di y goods box which had served served him as a pedestal while ho posed as a molel for the young ladies. The model was not particularly handsome, handsome, bnt he was greatly scared; so much that he paid no attention to. Mr. Yates' angry orders that he. make a hasty toilet to look the model model of a classic Greek. lie merely seized the cotton sheet with which the artist tried to drape his limbs, and renewed his endeavors to crawl under the box. The class of ladies meanwhile stood with chattering teeth, all trying to veil their faces with the crayoQ drawing of the nude model. ' Two of the moreself-po-sessed moreself-po-sessed moreself-po-sessed moreself-po-sessed moreself-po-sessed ' at la3t had the presence of mind to throw the model hi3 most indispensable garment, intp which he slipped as a streak of lightning flie3 into an Iowa farmer's hay barn. This accomplished, the irate Oak-lander Oak-lander Oak-lander was admitted, but during the delay a a umber of scenes had been 31 arrange! tuat the evidences of the nature of the etudies carried on were no longer apparent. It is . said that there was an animated debate forborne moment?, and then the Oaklander deputed for the new city hall to listen to the tcs imotly in the Sharon ca e. ; . noon and evening. Theprizoio the . ...ill Wy vltrttn in tnfl I 1-v 1-v 1-v .n I OniTUP U7 111 I If LS I V I il ' 111 afternoon, and the prize to, the best lady skater in the evening. If you ' '.