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ITEMS FROM PARIS

(From our own Correspondent.) joan op aho'b monument, The tnbnunv-nt which is being raised at Rouen m honor of Joan of Arc will cover a superficial area of 130 metres, and will be 25 metres m height. The ppdeßtal balustrade will be ornamented with sheep and lambe, recalling both tho infancy of the shepherdess find the arois of the city. The statue of the heroine will be overlooked by one of 8t Michael, the patron saint of Normandy and France The stru ture iB to be ornamented with rich mosaics and marble m different colors, and will Bhow the arms of Joan of Arc, Lorraine, Normandy, Orleans, Rheinw, and Ronen. A CANAL BETWEEN ROTTEN AND PABI3, Forty-five members of the Chamber of Deputies, wifa M. Aohard, a Deputy of the i*"cine, at their head, have induced the Government to appoint a Committee for the purpose of considering M. Floquet de la Grye's plan of a oanal between Rouen and Pans, whereby vessels of large tonnage may ba able to discharge their cargors m the metropolis, instead of having them brought there by small steamers, lighters, and trains. The plan which ia to be submitted to the Committee is attracting much attention. The object m making Paris a port ia to enable it to compete m the export and import trade with Antwerp. The canal would, moroover, be useful for victualling the capiti 1 and for transporting troops m time of war and siege. A WBDDINGJ PRESENT. A moat unpleasant experience, albeit not altogether unmoii ted, has befallen a would-be bridegroom m the suburb of Pantin. The betrothal feast took place at the house of the young girl's parents, and jast at tho moment wheu the guests were going to table a servant announoed that a nusser-ger badibrooght a present for the fiancbe, or bride, When presented It was found to be a roughlooking case m plank', whioh, on being opened, diaolosed an enormous pnmpkln, carefully pao'cei. A general burst of laughter greeted what appeared a huge practical j ,ke, But the bride, with the national oarloslly of a daughter of Eve, exatnlued the ground and perceived that it had been opened. On further examination she discovered that the pumpkin contained an infant of about three months, with a placard bearing the words purporting to be signed by the future husband; "I had forgotten this detail In my wedding present." It Is eaoy to imagine the scene that ensued, and which unhappily ended with the breaking up of the marriage. ▲ TBAGEDY. A dramatic and mysterious affair is about to be tried at Constantino, m Algeria. A young man, a notary's son, who had lately finished his law studies m Paris, fell In love with a married lady who was a friend of his family. One day he took this lady Into his villa at S«di Ma Orouk, and two hours after the couple were saen entering the house two shots were heard. The reports came from the direothn of a bedroom In the villa, the door of whioh was broken down by the young lawyer's brother-in-law and another person. Inside the room the lady was found lying undressed on a bed, her skull shattered by bullets and inclined towards a bonqiet of roses. The young man was pirtly untd ssed, and was kneeling by tho tide cf the dead woman. Bis version <f the affair is that the lady had agreed to go to the villa with htm on oondltion that he killed her afterwards On the other hand, many assart that the young fellow's mind was unhinged by his oonneotlon with a certain school of novelists and poets In Paris, that his love for the married lady was not returned, but that he Induced her to accompany him to the villa and then mirdered her. The case has caused considerable sensation In Paris, where all those oanoerned m it are well known. A FATAL DUEL The fatal result of the LegeaneThuilller duel, which created bo prof o and a eeasutlon throughout Be'gium, has been tho subject of an impottant trial before the Liege Appeal Court, to which the affair had been specially submitted, owlug to the position of M. Legeune, the survivor, as a Justice of the 'Peace. The origin of this duel between uncle and nephew Is sufficiently curious to merit reproduction, M, Legeune, a barrister at Liege, and M Thnllller, journalist, had for years been most intimate friends. While on a visit to the laser's country honso Logeune met Mile. Goffio, his friend's niece. He paid his addresses to tho young lady and unhappily seduced her, but repaired his fault soon after by marriage. Unfortunately, however, Legeune's oonduot to his nleoe previous to the union came to the ears x>f Thulllier, who declared In pablio thai his nephew by marrUge was a contemptible villain, who had taken advantage of his fiancei and violated the laws of hospitality. A meeting with pistols took place on the Dutoh frontier, and the unole was killed. Lageune bai now been condemned to two years' Imprisonment, 20O0fr. fine, and 18,000fc damages to the family of his victim. One of tho seconds, Captain Baron Heutoh, Is sentenced to alx months imprisonment, oOOfr fjae and flOOQfr. damages, while the three other seoonds escaped with one month's Imprisonment. M£LB, BOULATG'R'a W*DDIN(J. The marriage of Mile Manelle B.oularger, daughter of the General, with Captain DrUnt was oelebrated on the 30th mat at the church of St Pierre de Ohajllot As early as eleven crowds begf»n to assemble on the Place dea Biats Unis, which is olose by the house o< General Buulauger m the Rue Djmontd'Utville. Gordons of police blocked the neighboring streets and prevented the passage of all except Inhabitants of the (jaaitar, and persons Invited to the ceremony. Tho wedding cortege, oonsisting of ten carriages, started for the church about noon and arrived at 12.26, the bridegroom having arrived about five minutes earlier. The choych was tastofojly decorated, t^e alfar almost disappearing Under the muss of palms and fjowers. The Abbe Fllhol, Cure of tho pa,rjsh., officiated, and the nuptial benodioti on was given by the Abbe L'aiglaire. The bride, looking rather palo, entered the church on ihe arm of hor father, who was m full uniform, and absolutely radiant ia his acknowledgement of tho popular greetings outside During the marriage /nns* sevcrai choruses wero execut.d under tho direction of M. Ldon Luutnonni o, while several well known wtifctes lent their aid m the delivery of the holoj. The proceßa'on of friends who came to songra'tu'ate the bride labfiod for noarly m hour, nftor which M. and Mmo Driant, occom patied by tho General proseeded to their oarriage. Then foil \pd i scene of wild enthusiasm temparod by Dolloamen, whose efforts, however, proved ltterly Ineffective to control the popular lemqnatratjon. The wedding breakfast ii the General's house, for whioh uoyards >f §00 Invitations jjad tjsen' Isiued, was -*<»»( ad |v |jje extreme. Cap/am priiant *' •«• Uais avenge fo.r L'jle nd his wife joi* . -*-iv ty t|j§ Jedan, Count Dillon's pro^. . •' Icrbihau, where they will spend n fortight previous to their dapat^ure tot

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ITEMS FROM PARIS, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2038, 16 January 1889

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ITEMS FROM PARIS Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2038, 16 January 1889

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