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A Female Fagin.

Ample material for a sensational.noyel . isßupplied, telegraphs the "Daily News'" Vienna correspondent, in the last police reports from Stockerau, a small town on the left of the Danube. About a week j ago an old woman of 70, Theresa • Schiller, was murdered by two, visitors, -'' j'who. succeeded in escaping. She was known to be an old miser, who , lived in • .., .rags, with two cats and dogs, in ai little „ suburban house which stands quite iso- , . ' lated, near the railway station*: The police „'. made; an; inventory of, her possessions. „ ■ „,> After some search it was found that the old : <■• woman must oave been in relation with all the thieves of the Empire. Property -;■ * • which had been, missing for many years ■ \ ; waß found on her premises. The clue was given' by, the discovery of a valuable f .; and' 2 (jKain, to .which a strip of ' ■ pajjer was" .fastened,; with the words . r . ; "• Bought this 1 of S. for.six florins." The \ watch bore, the name of a well-known citizen of Stockerau, out of whose room it had been stolen ten.years ago. The old woman's? 'cjptheswere mere rags, and the ,! police" at' first felt *! reluctant, to touch ,v .them, but when a splendid gold, pyx, set i.',',;j.with precious stones, fell out of a tattered , '/gown \ their interest was.aroused,' and '..• every corner, w,as. searched. :In the cellar ; .. large . pieces of gold (no doubt ■ melted :>:, ornaments) were found. In the loft there -, ji ■ were; boxes with trinkets' and Jewels, • : ■ many' of which the police recognised as • 'forming part of the Grariich^taedten pro- ■'"" perty^ the' theft of which. on the Graben caused so much cominotiori fiVe years ago. •'"hi the mouldering furniture'valuables of ,*.every...description, were, found, such as *" chalices,"* pyxes, golden candlesticks, v beautiful jtacej and linen., In a corner of *» cupboard lay a bag containing V 20,000 ;.,:. florins in gold^. and shares 'and bonds worth upwards of 40,000 florins. Silver spoons -and i forks, were ■ discovered: in all the v.kitchen, drawers.:. Ina little box five black diamonds were found, which are said to be of enormous value. Only part of the floor was pulled up, but;large quantities, of. linen and valuable dress materials were hidden there. The whole ;' ''property is believed to be■ worth jmore I- : than half a million of florins, and yet this old woman scarcely ever allowed herself a , decent ( meal, and: had not a piece of re- , .j spectable clothing on her when she was .' 'found dead. The fuel she used consisted of little .bits of "coal collected by 'poor n. . children at the railway station, and' sold

to her for a few coppers,

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A Female Fagin., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XIV, Issue 2432, 4 June 1890

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A Female Fagin. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XIV, Issue 2432, 4 June 1890

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