The Ashburton Guardian. Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit. MONDAY, MAY 13, 1889. STARVED TO DEATH IN LONDON.
was due to " syncope arising from senile decay and privation " — polite profes sional periphrasis for the ugly word starvation— verdict accordingly, and so falls the curtain upon yet anothor ,of the tragedies of Modern Babylon,
In one of the Home papers to hand by tha mail, is told the story of a somewhat remarkable woman who, at the age of seventy-five years has come to a miserable and, being starved to death m London, She was a widow named Caroline Douet Legrand, a native of Carcasonne m the teouth of France, and a printed statement found on her person gave the following particulars of her career. It described her as Caroline ■ Legrand (formerly Caroline Douet de tit 1 Pons) born at the French town abovenamed, on December 27th 1814, being the daughter of a British officer on the staff of Wellington m his advance on Toulouse, March, 1614. On seeing a .great number of slaves on board vessels ' trading with La Uochelle, she formed at a very early age the idea of founding free ' schools for natives of Africa m the ' French colonies, seventeen she ac- \ companied her mother to Paris, where she sought Madame de Lainartme and the Princesse de (Jraon. She was procured a situation as governess m Martinique. Ihrough the influence of M. de Lamartine an authorisation was granted, and her first school for colored people was , established m Guadaloupe (Basse lerre) m May, 1837, with permission to give only religious instruction to slaves. The cociety of Paris for Elementary instruction awarded her a bronze medal m 1838, and m 1840, when she had to go to jb ranee, she obtained the official reCognition of her school, with an allowance, bhe then returned to Guadaloupe and founded a second school at Port Louis (<jiraud Terre.) In 1843 slio founded a third Bchool m the Vieux Fort l'Ulive (Basse Terre). Things went on very well until the decease ot the Governor ( iiear Admiral Gourbeyre), when persecution, from which she had already suffered, sprang up afresh ? and attempts were made to cany off and drown her, and she would have died under the effects of poison but for the care of her colored under-mistress, m whose charge she subsequently- left the school, her health having given ffay go completely tnut' she had to leave the colony, She was* left quu? unprovided for by the loss of all income m 1846. J° W4s9 Uarolin© Douet renounced Jttomanism, left C«s oa3 ~ sonne, and came to England. In 1853 she married Mr Anthony Legrand, and he accompanied her to .New York, where they established a school for colored children. In consequence of Mdme. Legrand's health, which suffered severely from tha intense cold of the winter of 1855, she and her husband went to < Port au-Prince, Hayti, where theyopened I a Protestant school. In 1857 Mr Legrand died at the age of thirty- two. British, German, American and colonial residents raised a subscription to enable her to go to England, there to fiud means to reach Algeria, where she had a half-brother. From London she was forwarded accordingly, under the protection of the American and British Embassies, and so. went to Mostaganem (province of Oran), but was compelled to return to England, making her escape from Algeria through Gibraltar, whence British Christians sent her home. The document concluded : " Her high attainments, could be useful m lecturing on literature, anti-slavery^ and religious topics, but her end is for missionary work if she waß put m a situation to recover her health a little m England, the land of her high English father." Some two months prior to her decease Madame Legrand took an apartment m Kentish Town telling her landlady that her mother was the Marchioness de Maile, grand-daughter of Louis XV., that she was known to the Princess Christian and that the AntiSlavery fcociety m New Bond street would pay her rent. She seemed to have no other means, and had no furni- ! b or belongings save old rags and rubbish, and scenlS only to have had food occasionally when her laiiujudVj and other lodgers took compassion 'upon hep fprloru and destitute condition. Then she became iil, but refused to allow a doctor to bo called m, and the parish relicvingpfficer was sugainoned only to find her curled up on the floor m a dying condition. Then came the iacjuest, and medical evidence to the effect that death