Foreign News: Championship

Overnight all France became the arena of a heatedly contested competition for the coveted title of National Midwife Champion.

It all began when the hamlet of Bracieux in the department of the Loir-et-Cher honored Mme. Monestes, village midwife, with the title of "Champion Midwife of France." She had supervised with practiced hand the birth of no less than 1,000 squalling, red infants. "Truly," remarked the simple paysans, "the village owes its life to 'Mother' Monestes."

But her glory was all too soon dissipated. From the village of Cornimont in the Vosges came news that...

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