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With the imposition of a fin 3of 500 francs upon Prince Heli c de Sagan, it is to be hoped that the latest "affaire" in Paris has terminated (says an English exchange"!. The trouble arose, it will be remembered, out of a cafta in which Maitre Barboux, a famous French advocate, was briefed against Madame dv Gast in an action brought against her by members of her own family. During his address to tbe court, Maitre Barboux nroduced and handed round a photograph of the well-known picture entitled "La Femme au Masque," and alleged that Madame dv Gast had stood for M. Gervex when the picture (a striking study in the nude) was painted. Madame dv Gast strongly resented the imputation, and brought an action against. Maitre Barboux in the Eleventh Chamber of Convictional Police. 'Madame dv Gast's case was supported by the artist and the woman who actually acted as the model for the picture, but the court decided that she had no case against the advocate. This decision did not, however, close the incident, for after Maitre Barboux had left the court he was waited upon by the Prince de Sagan and M. de Marcilly. The Prince called the advocate an insulter of women, and dealt him a severe blow in the face. Madame dv Gast's two champions have duly appeared at the Palais de Justice on a charge of assault, and the court has declared that although the Prince de Sagan "acte^ in good faith," the assault had been proved, and sentenced him to the fine already mentioned. His friend was fined a hundred francs as an accomplice. The principals in this extraor dinary affair are all well known in Paris. Maitre Barboux has been engaged in many important cases which have occunied the French courts, the«bne most notable being the Panama case. Madame dv Gast has made a name for herself in many branches of sport—she is an enthusiastic motorist and aeronaut. The Prince de Sagan is said to be engaged to be married to Madame dv Gast.

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LA FEMME AT MASQUE., Auckland Star, Volume XXXIII, Issue 224, 20 September 1902, Supplement

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LA FEMME AT MASQUE. Auckland Star, Volume XXXIII, Issue 224, 20 September 1902, Supplement

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