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In tbe oab'e news it is eta+ecl that General Bou'anger does not oppose* the suit instituted by his wife for divorce because be dtehea to marry Mad; me Hfcrlot, the proprieties cf the Mog z'n dv Louvre. It will ba interesting to our readers to have a peep behind the cce f ;e 3 furnished by varioas items m the French Preiß. Mad em 3 Berlot became a" widow &cd proprietress of the the biggest store m the world under the following c'rcumatar-oeii. Her hoebftnd tbe Commandant Berlot had B brother, who wss the founder of the roied rnsgra'n due Louvre, end enormoos'y rto 1 :. This brolbor r?led ton yearß ago without leaving any child, and , his brother sent m his resignation and i left tbe army m order to take np the •ncoeeslon and control of the immense business. At the time tbe Commandant Bl'lot -was unmarried, but he formed a connection with a protty milliner girl, whom he ultimately married, and by whom he bad two children. In Mty last year a nyiterioni drama was emoted at the oh> b *a a of the Oommandcnt. He is said to have fired several shots with a revolver at his wife. A judicial enquiry took place, the moat eminent lawyers and medloal jarlata of Parts being engaged to prove that tbe Commandant wag temporarily insane. Bumour was active, and tc&ndal round y asserted thtt he had not too little reason, but too great a reason for bio act. The Pvlsltn world will probably now have little difficulty In settling the question to their satisfaction. Acoording to the journal* last received from Paris, the Commandant Harlot was seriously ill, and the doctors were oonatantly m attendance ; no one was allowed to enter the house, aud he steadily refused to see bis wife or ohlldren. His death must have occurred qnite recently. And now to ooma to the widow and General Bonlanger- According to the French law, a widow cannot marry till •fter the expiration of twelve months from her husband's death. If Boulanger, therefore, Is m a great hurry to mtrry, be most go abroad ; benoe, probably his journeys to Spain, Sweden, and England m «e»roh of a oountry whose laws and social arrangements may best adapt themselves to his needs. As to the Madame Bonlanger, we bear from someone who knows her that she Is the very type of a good French matron ; devoted exclusively to the care of her ohlldren and home, •n excellent wife, and a pions Christian. Oaring little for renown or glory, her chief crime m the eyes of the General Is that her daughter Ib now 22 years old and that she dors uot resort to those aosmetlques, powders, and pads of whioh "je bean General" himielf repairs the ravages of age and a dissipated life. Sbe hts ceased to please the would-be Dictator of France;-— "Evening Press."

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"BOULANGER S'AMUSE", Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2016, 18 December 1888

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"BOULANGER S'AMUSE" Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2016, 18 December 1888