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PARIS LETTER.

[FROM OUR OWN COKfcMPOlflMniT.] ■ Paris, May 14th, 189G. A DISREPUTABLE PAIR. The Comte do Moulmont and tho Countess, his wife, have been putting in practice the proverb which says that " charity begins at home," but in an illegal manner, it appears. This aristocratic couple, who live in very good style, were accustomed to seek subscriptions on behalf of the Orphelinat d l'enfants Jesus, ahda'home foir foundlings. The directors of these charitable institutions discovered, however, that the Count and Countess applied a portion of the funds po obtained to their own private purposes. They were, therefore, forbidden to collect further subscriptions. Notwithstanding they continued to ask for money from the charitable, and the other day they appeared before the Eight Chamber sto answer a charge of obtaining money by false pretences, front* a lot of persons. 0n one occasion they applied to M. Laguerre, a deputy, but, as ilUuck would have ity: Mme. de Crissieres, the lady director of one of the institutions, was present when" 3 they called, and a very exciting " scene " took place. The two members pi the " aristocracy" cut a very poor figure 'in the Police Court, when .'they wdre sentenced, the Count to three and the Countess to two months/ imprisonment.' A CHORCH STRUCK Stf MGHTNINO. , : On May day the steeple of Saint Nicolas church at Nanoy was struck by. lightning' and caught fire.;; Some, childrenplaying in tlie doorway of a house opposite saw the flames break out and gave the alarm/ A fire brigade Boon came upon the spot and 'the fire was extinguished. Strangely enough the same church, "which is one of the oldest and most interesting monumentsin the whole country, took fire in 1535, when enormous blocks' of stone were detached from the church and f|sll upon the .(surrounding houses, crushing the roofs. . '' > :'< r I A POLICEMAN'S TROUBLE. ' The'dther day a policeman at Limoges arrested a drunken;: peasant. The peasant's pockets were full of money,: anttthe policemen cdnclttded "that under the ■ circumstances he might safely kdep a little of it for himself, He has' since found cause to regret having done so!.' supposed peasant turned out to be a detective,, but sent down from Paris for theexpr,ess purpose of leading the light-fingered policeman into temptation, and of having him taken in charge if he succumbed to the B*me. ■' . ■ ■.- •<„ ,-■.■ ,-f- ;. BULL-FIGHTHTO. ! t Of course, after the exceptional success of the, bull-fight t>f last year (exposition year), it Vas naturally to be expectfed these exciting spectacles would be renewed this season. Accordingly on the Bth inst at two o'clock p.m. the gigantic building was re-opened with much the same attractions-as last year^ A brilliant and fashionable concourse assembled therein. .! The audience, however, w:«s npt the splendid thing that formerly gathered on the'grand' occasions to witness the wonderful displays of Mazzantini attd Froscuelu, the, twomost celebrated eV pados of Spain. | The afternoon was sufficiently' exciting and'crowded $ith sensational episodes jjto render it • 'partictllarly me moiable. T|)e six bulls which fought In the'various encounters were active and ferocious enough to satisfy the eager audience. The three first fights passed off in the usual manner, and all the bulls combated long and fiercely. Alfred Tino(|o, the famous cavalier en place has returned, bttfc without his companion and rival of last season. Mounted upon his well-known and magnificent grey^rttb charger, the Portuguese nobleman, f,or such he is, displayed his finest horsemanship. Riding right up to the bull, which fresh and infuriated, .made most violent rushes at hini, he planted dart after dart with unerring aim in, animal. , - He managed his'steed with marvellous address, always, bringing him out of the bull's reach untouched. If all the incidents had been of this clever and comparatively harmless kind, which is usual in the bull rings of Lisbon and Cadiz, as distinct from the horrible cruelties practised, in Madrid, Barcelona, and Seville, the spectacle would have been jat once fascinating and enjoyable. Unfortunately they were not. * In the last encounter in particular' a serious and horrible scene took place. The bull . a tremendously = powerful, dun animal, attacked a picadore's hcrse furiously and persistently, and hurled the unfortunate animal to the ground. In [spite of its tipped horns it literally gprect out the entrails of the horss and strewed them upon the sand, and was. only by sheer force dragged'from its victim.; A few spectators, horrified and sickened, left the place in disgust, but a large number appeared actually pleased at witnessing what they doubtless considered the. "real thing." This thirst for blood,once aroused numbers shouted loudly; to the matador. Angel Pastor, I,to kill this bull, and foi?a moment, sending for another sword, he seemed inclined to humour them. Counter cries, however, arose, and things remained .as they were. Such.,, an awful sight is in direct opposition to the orders of the authorities. Thebeautiful cavalcade and the superb dresses made up a really magnificent spectacle. „ {

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PARIS LETTER., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2460, 7 July 1890

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PARIS LETTER. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2460, 7 July 1890

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