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Sad End of a Parisian Celebrity.

{Truth.) Does any one remember a beautiful girl who went by the nickname La Canute and flashed through the Parisian world during the last year of the Second Empire ? She was called “ Comet ”on account of her exceeding length and the loveliness of her golden hair. Theophilc Gautier wrote a sonnet to her, Cabanel painted her portrait, Worth dressed her, and Leon Cugnot took her as the model of his pretty statute “La Baigneuse.” Her real name was Adele Terchout, and just before the FrancoGerman war broke out she declined an offer of marriage from an elderly duke with a very ancient escutcheon. At that time she owned one of the finest mansions in the Champs Elysees, had twelve horses in her stable, and a bushel of diamonds in her dressing case. Recently this dazzling creature died in a Parisian hospital, absolutely destitute; and the disease which carried her off was the most hideous that could befall a pretty woman —a lupus vorax , or cancer in the face, which totally disfigured her. Like Zola’s “ Nana,” the only vestige left of her beauty when she died was her matchless hair, which measured nearly five feet.

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Sad End of a Parisian Celebrity., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 326, 23 April 1881

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Sad End of a Parisian Celebrity. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 326, 23 April 1881

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