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An Ingenious Female.

An ingenious female living m the Boulevard de Roehechouart, Paris, lately failed m business, and a writ was issued for the sale of her effects. An officer of the Court or huissier went with a police inspector to the woman's abode m order to seize her goods, but they rang the bell of her door in.vain. As the key of her dwelling, however, was m its place, the inspector turned it, and the pair then entered the room of the debtor, m one of which a strange and sombre scene was presented to their startled sight. On a bed m the centre of <he room was apparently the dead body of the female fraud, laid out m all the trappings of woe, and ready for the Frensh equivalent of a " wake." Around the presumed corpse wore ranged six tall candle sticks, with lighted tapers therein. The huissier, deeming that he had to deal with a genuine dead body, instantly prepared to withdraw with his writ, but the police inspector, more suspicious than the pro-cess-server, went over to the bed, and, attracted by the extraordinary plumpness of the arms of the corpse, pinched them with considerable vehemence. There was an instantaneous bringing of the dead to life. The corpse—chalked carefully as to its face—sat up m its shroud, spoke words to the effect that the trick had failed, and con essed all. The candles were quickly snuffed out, the mourning drapery pulled down, and the process"server proceeded speedily to confiscate everything appertaining either to life or death m the domicile of this deceitful female debtor.

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An Ingenious Female., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2484, 6 August 1890

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An Ingenious Female. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2484, 6 August 1890