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SYDNEY ADVENTURESS

MANY PEOPLE HOAXED.'

SYDNEY, April 23

Those New Zealanders who remem- , ber the exploits of Amy Bock and, one or two other adventuresses, of 10 years ago, will be interested in the career of * Sydney girl, who recently posed as a French girl, and duped a number ■ of 'prominent people. She was - recently released from Long Bay Prison, on probation, and, she laid' her plans well. She is young, and though not pretty, is clever and fascinating. She decided that, for the purpo&es she had in view, she would be a French girl, engaged to an Australian soldier still in France, whohad been sent out by him to his people in Sydney. She cultivated a charming accent, and attractive, vivacibus ways. ''Mademoiselle" called on a Neutral Bay family about 9 p.m. "Lecher Bobbie, sent me to you, she explained, and added that she had just got in on the Niagara. She had been staying with her friends, "the Douceaus, oi Hoadbush," but Ihey had had a little tiff, and she had come away and left her baggage thero. Then she wept.' "Bobbie's" people were most kind; 1 she must become their guest. She wept again, smiled through her tears, told l them how she had been driving a mo- | tor-ambulance, "See," she said, showing a medal on her breast, "Eet is le IMedaille de- Peronne." Her 'people? Oh, yes, they were of the noblesse. Her father was head of the Frpnch Secret Service. She showed them 1 photographs of her lovely home. The | family was charmed and delighted. ! A tea party was given in' honour of i_the French girl., Fashionable.•«dames • cooed over her. Some tried , < their French upon her, and there were awkward moments. She looked ■ Vpui&zled and begged them to speak the. language, of her dear Australians Ladies who. had prided themselves on' their lingui&fie- accomplishments were rendered unhappy. > Mademoiselle ' became short t of' money. "She. called at the police station. "1 am Mies Blank', of-So-and-so Station," she said. "My'luggage has gone astray, and I fear had, been ,' stolen, it contained many articles of value. Here are my keys: Please endeavour to trace it," .and "she'gave a minute description. Then she went to various solicitors, and told her tale so Veil' that she borrowed £10 from several of them "until" the luggage turned up," She told them "that she uas known at thd police station, and when the police station was telephoned, the solicitors were told "Yes, we know }Miss Blank. We are trying to find her luggage." She called on a well-known man in Sydney, wept, and said that his brother had promised to marry her. She knew ail about him, where he had been in, France, and the ,"_- Sydney man forthwith hiredl a "motor "' and took the lady out to see his brother, some distance away. 1 The brother indignantly denied all knowledge of the lady./'Eet ees not 'im, but eet ees the same name," wept Mademoiselle. Going back in the ear she so harrowed the feelings of the Sydney man that, he gave her £10. s She lived with' different families, doing^a round of visits. Then, one day, " she was told that that afternoon she would meet Madame'X, just back from France. She developed a bad headache, and went to her room, but was later coaxed out to meet Madame X. Madame X. spoke French to her, and Mademoiselle floundered.;- Madame sternly demanded particulars of the "Medaille de Peronne," , and Mademoiselle floundered flaore than ever. Madame denounced her. - • Mademoiselle fled that night, made a Sydney doctor believe for two daysthat .she was his brother's affianced* and ,was then found out..and reported to the police. She is now. back in gaol, serving out her sentence, ?

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SYDNEY ADVENTURESS, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9603, 7 May 1919

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SYDNEY ADVENTURESS Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9603, 7 May 1919

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