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Items from Paris.

(from our own correspondent.)

A TINY CONSOBIP : While the. young men in one of ;the southern towns were drawing lots for the "conscription" a few days ago quite a sensation was created by the appearance on the scene of a small'fellow attired in a tunic and knicker-bockers. It was imagined at first that a little boy must have slipped in for a joke, bufc the diminutive person comported himself with the utmost gravity, and in reply to the questions addressed to him explained that he had come in like the rest to draw his number, The

little man is ,\ bnn« flfo dwnrf, just threo feet in height, and in weight rather under .' three stone. He is well made bo far as he goes, and his dimunutive stature is attri- ■. buted by his affectionate relatives to an .■._■; illness which overtook him when he .wns .';' four years old, and has had the effect of , ' stunning his growth ever since. A nOSIANTIC SUCCESSION* CASE. The Paris Civil Tribunal had before it . thu oilier clay, a singular case suggestive rather of the romance feuilleton than of,. „!' incidents in real life. Thirty-three years , J y ago a lady named Pages v p,ut her infant •■,).', out to nurse, and four years-'aif^ri'SSßl ,f:> she^took charge of what all,her neighbors ".,;./ believed, from her own representations,.*"•. ",j? to be her own child. Latterly .the ,fa&f£ '-'. ; died, and the son presented himself as the/ H heir. Mme. Pages, however, 4 Who was ;" ' specially benefited under 1 the >fill,. replied ' that, the claimant* whom^A^vl^qrearea',:, , :\ as her son, was not- her/«i3bUd-.>^ffe J was, 1" ". i she explained, no other thaivitne son;of , <■",; the nurse,' >' who,-.. ■ wishing rto retain last '■'. < h monthly allowance, had,sub^tiJl^ed.l^n . ' for' 1 the bther childp^whichi.'jM^c^f^' \4 Mme.' Pag^s stet^' : that-she,?badd^jiu- -■//. ments proving,the truth of this conten- .'.-\. i tion, and she applied to the; Court fpc an . ■ order to alter the civil register in aioebfedance with' the.facts. '•' \' -t'bJ^V&vi?, /' x The C:viJ Triimnal <>f UyifflK-LMMbM**) ■ be engaged \\iih a .singular law-suit. The ' easusbelli is the skull of Bishop J.ean Soanen, one of the i Jan^dM^pWwteß :, ;, who signed a protest gainst the vJ?ftpal v,> Bull Unigenitus, and was suspended in .:i consequence. The Bishop has-.gyerrsince ' : \;'t been regarded" by .'the/Jansenists- as^.a" ,J ;; saint, and his skull was long preserved by ,*w members of the; community as a sacred, '; relic. Recently, however, the owner, »' ; ;; ; young man of' good familyJJwld rife to • v ,^» curiosity dealer along with a number of ..Jf odds and ends. It happened &cßlwrftspe ? ago, that a traveller ill bric-a-brac heard -"'■;[ of the skull, and being aware that a '■ Jansenist lady in, Lyons possessed the : lower jaw of the J Bishop,' introduced her /- to the antiquary, and the result was that '-, she bought the felib "fdr~lOOofr."~Tb.e ,; action about to be, tried is to recover 6^r or fifty per cent cornmisi3ion, w^uihtieeina :, unreasonable,' especially ; as, aobbrott^to : present information,^tHe'»"the^curiosity dealer was previously'unaWe^to get|the , relic off his hands at any" plriS&A .tax* ; AVmtL-iJo^bo'BWaoAßi vi. I,*:1,*: Paris is a paradise for mendicantß^who,,. -. however, have but ",two courses" open to 'them—the alternative^of^"fortune tending upwards^ 'or'^6t i!beH^-^nauled <' ; before the police:cpurfcion the downward J, grade. Paul'Laureht^is a; beggary of 65 ..- years' standing, 'with wMte^'fifisks'ijand -\\ beard, ..and with^feiitures ctfhich sh*ve • heretofore wrung out pity"aaidfipenw<^ itt ,;.. plenty from impressioriablb'^owhipfterß as they entered or left th& ntbst: fashionable churches of the capital. =-; 3ST f ew dayH ;' ago he was'afrest^di #hile iquiveringly !„;-.■ appealing to passers-by on, behalf of t "a , u ; r blind old rnari;" "At' the- GomnMSHariat :r . of Police this blind old by the ;. way, can read andwjrh)e wiQipiHrSpectacles, ,| did not see why he should be searched; This operation, was, carried out bythe , police, much-agal4sfc ; Jlii)k*iinll and under- j,v standing, and he was subsequently n> formed that,he was the posßeMOtjOf 900 ft., ■ taken out of one of his i.poc^et^ 337fr. in . securities, and nearly 2000fr. which he, v had deposited in the Gbvernwient Savings < ' Bank. Whe,n brought before the tenth Correctional' Chamber, Paul Laurent abstained from = the luxury of being 5 de? \ '* * fended, as a very much injured man, by a barrister, and pleaded his own case. He- : r could not deny that he had uttdeiwone, . ; eight terms of imprisonment,,five, of ;U]»m , on account of mendicity^//^He^waa 1.,', , sentenced to six months' ;imprisoniment ;:„; and to five years'- banisMment'?froß»:'the ' !; precincts of Paris. *■> ''"!r? 1 if •*■ »-u"'J-' IV"".,' :

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Items from Paris., Ashburton Guardian, Volume vii, Issue 2420, 3 May 1890

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Items from Paris. Ashburton Guardian, Volume vii, Issue 2420, 3 May 1890

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