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GAMBLING FOR LOVE AND LIFE

A MONTE CARLO TRAGEDY.

There nat baen, says a London correspondent, sundry vague references m the newspapers to an alleged doable suicide of a romantic patnre at Monte Carlo, bat illl George R. Sims Inquired Into the matter j •ad told the sad story m the " Referee," < no one had any idea what a trnly painful and sensatiooal sffalr It was. "Dagonet" writes : — A yonng married man of Lyons fell m love with a young married woman: They met secretly, and adored eaoh other, and agreed to fly together— to pat the •ess between themselves and their families. Bat there wts a slight difficulty In the waj. They bad very little money for a long journey, and they wanted to be far, far awky— in America for ohoice. Then the Idea t*me to the man that they would take their «mall cipltal of a few hundred f ran os and go to Monte Carlo, and make it into a fortune — a fortune which would enable them to live m peao£ and plenty on a far-off shore. 80 it c&ne that one day, with a small box and a portmanteau, the fugitives arrived at Monte Carlo, and put up m this little hotel, where for Bfr a day you can have bed and board. They had only a few hundred fiance with them. In the letter whlob they have left behind they explained that from the first their arrangements were complete; They foresaw the psstbllitles of the situation. They would play until they had won enough to go to America, or they wonld lose all. And if they lost all they would die together, and give their friends no farther trouble about them. They were a few days only m Monte Carlo. They risked their loals only a few ftt a time, and they spent the remainder of the days and evenings In strolling about the romantic glades and quiet pathways of the beautiful gardens, whispering together of love, and looking Into caoh other's eyeß. The end came quickly, One evening they went up In the soft moonlight to the fafry land of Monte Oarlfr. They entered the Casino. They bad come tofthelr last few golden colos. One by one the croapar's remorseless rake flwept them awsy and then the lovers weat out of the hot, crowded rooms, out from the glare of the chandeliers and the ■winging lamps, Into the tender moonlight •gain. Down ' the staircase of fortune ' arm m arm they went, along the glorious marble terraces that look upon the sea on .to where at the foot of the great rook on whioh Monaco stands there Ties the Con•damitie. It was their last walk together. The lovers were going home to die. That night, In some way which I was unable to ascertain, the guilty and reined man and woman obtained some charcoal and got m into their bed* room. They then closed the windows •nd doore, and prepared for death. They wrote a letter — » letter wbloh an official assured me was so touching that, as he cead It In the room wbere they lay dead, the tears ran down his cheeks. Then the girl— she was but a girl— dressed herself m snowy white, and placed on her breast ft jweet booquat of violets. Then the charcoal was lighted, and the lovers laid themselves out for death, side by side, and passed dreamily Into deep, and from sleep Into death. These are the faots of ' the romantic suicide at Monte Carlo,'. It Is not a moral story j It is not a new story. I have told it simply as it happened.

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GAMBLING FOR LOVE AND LIFE, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2099, 1 April 1889

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GAMBLING FOR LOVE AND LIFE Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2099, 1 April 1889

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