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A Jewel of a Wife.

The' following, story is said to |be "authentic":—A I 'certain Russian nobleman visiting Paris was noticed to bevconstantly plunged :in deep sadness. He wore on his finger a very remarkable ring, large enough for a bracelet, and which extended over his hand, like a buci|fler for. the ring finger. It was of a greenish | I color, and was traversed by red veins. It ■ attracted the attention of everybody, I but no one ' was ''bold ' eliough^Mso' | interrogate the mysterious stranger, until jj one day a lady meeting him in public, ventured to say, " You wear a handsome ring." The Russian made a movement as though he would conceal his hand, but that feeling gave way to & desire to unburdenl himself. /"It js, riot a, ring" he answered, " but- a j sepulchre !" A shudder passed through/the*" whole company. '' This j ewel,' l'; £ die < continue,i. "is, my wife. I had 'the .ioisfort^n. 1 to lose her some.#sars sinceiTim;lssissJ.».. She was an Italian^: and dreadeE- s 6lie \>\< bed which ayaited?her after this'- life. 1 carried her reniaindfyp Germany, whero I ■ was acquainted with a celebrated chemi-i, whom I .directed to /mal^e the botfy ;■ solid substance which' I .eonlff carry awnJ! with me. Eight days after -! heiseht-tlvr" me and showed me {he empty co'fliu,; amid a, horrid collection- of instruments] and alembics. This jewel was lying, on? the table. He had^ through meajii of; some corrosive substance,■reduced 'and; compressed that which was my wife into? this jewels wliichjshall/neYer more leave •me." '.. 'y '"'-/.<■'. j

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A Jewel of a Wife., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2424, 8 May 1890

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A Jewel of a Wife. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2424, 8 May 1890

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