A MURDERER SENTENCED TO DEATH
(FBOM OUR PARIS, OOBREBPONDENT J A. sensational trial which has ccsupled a jury of tha Ass'zeo of Seine-ot-Oiod, at Versailles, for two or three days paat, oame to a close tbo other day. A well- o-do farmer at Orgeval, natmd Leaomte, bad fallen iutu pecuniary Btruits owing to the m!flmsnpg?ment of his property. On being left a widower at the age of 35, he resolved to marry again, and to oarry out certain schemes wh'oh ha matured with tho view of growing suddenly r'oh. A friend pat him lat.> pourparlers with ona Mile Chauvlr, « maiuo Hijlu'trr, who wavcnhabited ia Paris with a lover, anl ho married her almost Immediately, a! h >sigh fully C9.»---ohant of tier circumstances. A month uterwardn ho insured her life with two ompaalesfor 40,000fr m his wn favor. Ho aoonec had the policies been signed then he nude two separate attempts to noison her with arsenic. She suspected that there was something wrong with the food, and as her husband refused to taste it and everything was thrown away, his attempts ended la failure. He then thought of ahiotlng her. "Oa the 30th of January last," she told the jury, " I had accompanied him ato Poisiy to attend an annual reHglous levvtoe m memory of his first wife's lathee. We went alone In a oarriige, and were to return at nlghc after dining with his relatives. During tho day my husband told me that, the roads were not safe, and he referred to an attaok m«de, he • d, upon himself a few evenings before, naar Ogeval. As we were returning home the only light m our carriage suddenly went out, and I noticed that my husband had opened tha lump* I uttered a shriek, bat he told me not to be frightened, as it was only the wind. I mechanically put my hand into the pooket of his cloak where he usually carried his revolver. Tha oase waa there but' the weapon had disappeared I then uadcratood that he was about to fire at me, 'Give me your hand J said, 'I am afraid.' Far some ten mlnutea I held his left hand, whilst he drove with ha right. AH at o ice he let the rains go and fumbled for something at bis side. Just then I experienced a levere piln m the he»d, as if I had been thrown to the ground.". The medical evldenoe showed that she had been ahot twioe point bl»nk, one of the striking her m the forehead, and the bul ets other entering her right breast. "I did not lose consciousness," Bhe said, In reply to other queatione. "I pretended to be dead. I knew that the five barrels of the revolver were loaded, and that if I stirred I should have been done tor," On arriving at Orgeval, Leaomte whipped his hoiae and Bt jpped at the Malrle. There he stated that the oarriage had been fired at by robbers, and that his wife had baen ahot dead at his side. He wa& surprised to find that she was still alive when the police removed her body from the vehiole. Two days afterwa ds he administered to her some broth oontalnlng so much arsenio th»t nha vomited all that she had absorbed, and to this olronjußtaDos she owes her life. An old maid servant, notfo'ng that ahe was ill, urged her not to take any of the broth, as ahe had seen Leoomta dropping something Into the saucepan. "It Is two late," M*dime Leoomte replied. The servant then acouaed the husband of attempting to poison his wife fl.e replied, •' If anybody is poisoning her it Is yourself. You would bo very glad co see me a widower again, m order to marry me." Exasperated at this retort, she .concealed some of the broth and hurried to give Information to the polloo. What remained of the broth was found to onntaln 20 gramme) of arsenio. Madame Leoomte recovered, but her health will m all probability nevT be- thoroughly restored, Lecotnfcn, od his arrest, admitted to tbe gendarme who took him Into onatody that ho h»d endeavored to get rid of his wife ; but he now denied having made any suoh statement, and remained perfectly indifferent throughout the proceedings. . ; The jary found him guilty, and he waa sentenced to death. Paris, May 16>h, 1889.
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A MURDERER SENTENCED TO DEATH, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2163, 3 July 1889
A MURDERER SENTENCED TO DEATH Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2163, 3 July 1889
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