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Recently the " Bluebeard " of Oolombea —a borough on the outskirts of Paris — was put on hie trial before the Correction^ Court. Bontemps — the domestic tyrant m queßtion — is a house-owner and farmer with considerable means, moßt of whioh he has been m the habit of squandering on wine and women. He was first married to a respectable girl, Mademoiselle Deloron, whom he treated bo barbarously (hat one day, after a vinlont dipcussion with "Bliipbcaid," she flung herself into th'» Stiao and was drowned. Shortly afterwards Bon tern pa fell m love with a pretty blonde mimed Virginia Munch, the daughter of an artisan, the was prevailed upon to marry him, dt spite his bad character. After a few montbß of matri-mony-the new — Madame Bontemps had anything but a " gocd time." She was k oketJ and cuffed by her slave-driver, and ran away toherparents' house. Ultimitaly a reconciliation between tflte couple was patched up, and Madame Bontemps returned to the bed and board of '• Blue* beard," who m a few weeks began hin tyrannical tricks and pranks again. He beat his wife with his bliobs until her body bore the marks of the hobaailn, and he used to complain m the wins* taverns that she ponsoeeed as many lives at a oat, for he oould not succeed m killing her. To prevent her from again going home to her father Bmtempa looked the poor woman m, fei her on bread and water, and when he returned from work kicked her about the kitchen while she was trying to cook hla dinner. At night he made her Bleep on the floor of the kitchen, on obalrs, In a loathsome garret, and anywhere, m fact, e»ve m bed. Ab a crowning act of cruelty he looked her In a plgßty during the rigorous oold of tho winter. Nevertheless Madame Bontemps, although dying of consumption, contrived to escape from her misery about a month ago, and suocaedec? m creeping feebly along by the walla of the house until ahe reached her father's abode, There she simply went to bed and died. Bontemps is a thin, wiry, ill-looking, and cyuloal creature, abont 56 years old. When brought before the dead body of bis wife, aooording to the usual custom, he inveighed against the deceased, and said ahe Wats liizy, drunken, and frivolous. The fellow has been let off with alight punishment. Bontemps wbs completely dßzad during the trial, and merely replied to the ] President, when questioned as to his aotlone, that his wives were Irzy and wanted whipping up. The tribunal ordered Bontempa to pay £20 damages to the father of his second wife and to go to prison for twelve months I

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A FRENCH BLUEBEARD., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 1978, 24 October 1888

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A FRENCH BLUEBEARD. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 1978, 24 October 1888