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A Romantic Story.

A week ago to-day (says the.“ Figaro”) one of the most celebrated surgeons in Paris was stopped in the street at a late hour of the night by three men armed with pistols, who compelled him to enter a carriage and submit to have his , eyes bandaged. After some . time the doctor found himself in a handsomely furnished room, where a young and very beautiful woman was in bed and he wais ordered by one of the party who; had brought, him there to amputate her left hand,. -The doctor at first refused, but to the threats of the captors were joined the tearful entreaties of the lady herself, who,assured him it was the only way of saving her lie. He, therefore, did as. he was ordered. His eyes were rebandaged, and he was finally set down in a deserted street,, not far from his own house. It has since transpired (says the “Figaro”) that the lady operated on was the daughter of a well-known French general,; whp had recently betrothed herself to one wjiq,dike herself, was poor. - Subsequently,:-under pressure from her father, she consented to give her hand to a wealthy Count, but continued, against the wish of hep husband, to wear a ring which her former loveiphad given to her just as he was . setting out to join an embassy to which he had .-been appointed, and which she had sworn, neyer to take ofl the hand which should always be his.” The count’s jealousy; .was increased by a letter from the duke which fell into his hands, and in which -his late “ fiancee ” was reminded of her promise, and wrought up to. a pitch of: madness by the persistent refusal of his wife to give up the ring, he swore that he would.havo her hand cut off and sent to her lover, and the above is the means- he topk.'to.icarry out his threat. The affair 1m . been hushed up as much as possible, and; the count has retired with his wife to' his estate.

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A Romantic Story. Ashburton Guardian, Volume I, Issue 27, 27 November 1879

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