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THE LADY'B BETOHT. A Pirii poUce itatloa wu Invaded last month \>r a. young lady, an old gentleman, • '■mall dog, and the conductor and 24 pal■angers ot an omnibus. The old man bad been Bitting next to the young lady, who had the small dog In her muff. "I would give half my fortune," he said, " to be Iα your little dog's place." "It would be the right place for you," she retorted, "for I am taking him to have his ears cropped." Her reply led to high words, and the passengers joined in, a free fight ensued, and the party went to the police station, where all the names, Including that of the dog, were duty noted.

ELEPHANTS VISIT THE DOCTOH. The reterlnary college of Toulouae has received a visit from four elephants. The elephants, which belong to a elrcuß not far from the town, had broken loose, aud mado their way to the college quite voluntarily. One of them—Topsy—was 111, and all four had gone to the college for treatment. The male elephant, John, had been treated there some months before. It was found that Topsy. had to undergo an operation of a serious nature. When It was over the other elephantß did everything except kiss her. They patted her about with, their trunks, trumpeted low words of consolation, and John curled his trunk round her left fore-foot and held it for an hour, PRINCE'S DUEL. The duel, which for years has been a subject of ridicule in France, claimed a victim in Paris on January 26th, when Prince Gregory $turdaa and M. Alexandra Catargi, son of the Roumanian Minister In London, as the reault of a dlaafireeuient in a theatre met at the island of the Grande Jatte, the traditional spot for affaire ot

honour. The adversaries stood thirty yards apart. M. Catargi fired first, without touching the prince, who lodged a bullet In the groin of M. Catargi.

The wounded man walked off the field unaided, but almost Immediately his seconde were obliged to go to his assistance, and carry him to a neighbouring restaurant. Later he was removed to a private hospital, where his condition was recognised as serious. GUILLOTINE AT WORK. On January 26th, amid disgraceful scenes, the execution of a murderer, Remy Danvers, took place at Carpentras, a little country town of Vancluse, France. Forty thousand people bad assembled in the town, but their deelre to witness the execution was frustrated by the authorities, who arranged for It to take fclace In a small square near the prison, Instead of In the market place, and filled the square with soldiers. The excitable southern mob was furious. Their howls In the adjacent streets woke the condemned man, who thus learned his fate. The soldiers had the greatest difficulty In holding back the crowd.

Danvers was half carried to the guillotine, and the execution was rapidly accomplished amid the hoots, curses, and hisses of the mob. LIGHTS FIRE WITH NOTES. Mme. Louise Duval, « Paris lady of Independent means, has Just had a very unfortunate experience. She sold some property for DOOM. (£200), and carefully wrapped the money, in banknotes, In a newspaper. The next morning she found that the newspaper and lw precious contents had disappeared. She Vent at once to the police station to complain that she had been robbed, but the investigation showed that no one could have entered her room and stolen the notes. . Then it was that Mme. Dnval remembered that during the night she had got up to make serself some grog, and to light the fire she nad used the newspaper In which was wrapped her banknotes. Two hundred pounds seems an exceptionally high price to pay for grog, even after closing time. A MUSICIANS' ROW. At the Cirque d'Hiver, a popular showplace in Paris, the musicians, for want of other demonstrators, recently got up a row of their own, which was, to say the least, a very lively oue. It was the more effective as it was entirely unexpected by the public. The musicians had been giren notice to [ quit in a body, because they belonged to a syndicate, and were replaced by others. They decided then and there to make It hot for the "others," and went in a body to the performance with Inkbottles and stale eggs in their. pockets. They waited until the hall was darkened for a cinematograph scene, and then they hauled out their lnkbottles and eggs, which they fired con brio at the canvas screen, intending thereby to stain It so badly that it could no longer be used. But most of their shots fell short, and struck the musicians who bad replaced them, and who were playing a genteel air, which was soon interrupted, and ceased altogether when the pianist got a bottle full of Ink square In the neck, mid the black fluid scattered down hi 9 back. Inside and outside his collar. The police then 'appeared on the scene, with a prestissimo, which landed fourteen of the musicians at the nearest police-station. The public had meanwhile become excited and ehonted for light, which was turned on Just In time to reveal Madame Use Maprel, a singer, with her corsage badly statned with Ink. GAS CONSUMERS' STRIKE. It Is not often that the people who pay the money go on strike. Instead of those who take It. Twelve suburbs of Paris nave Just eet an example whlcu capitals might sometimes follow with advantage. Their inhabitant* have for years petitioned the company which supplies them with gae for a reduction of the high rate of 3d per cubic metre, to 2d, but without avail. Now the long-suffering consumer has turned at last and has struck. The cittaens of Juvlsy and eleven other neighbouring localities have bound themselves by a solemn oath to burn no more gas until the company is brought to terms. Private houses, hotels, cafes, restaurants, and shops are now lit with candles, and oil or paraffin lamps. Gas still burns in the streets, because the mnnlclpallry of Juvlsy is bound by contract to the company, and would have to pay, whether It consumed or not. Bat the mayor of Juvisy himself leads the strike, and, as a visible proof of allegiance te the consumers' compact, has hung a lantern outside bis street door, an example which many have followed. The league has pasted up stirring bills, which conolude thus: "Live the strike of gas consumers! Parodying Danton's famous watchword, the presidents of your committees cry energy, more energy, always more energy!" Such heroic resolution surely mast bring the company to their knees and the gas of Juvisy down from M to 2d a cubic metre.

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CONTINENTAL CRIMES AND SENSATIONS., Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 62, 13 March 1909

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CONTINENTAL CRIMES AND SENSATIONS. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 62, 13 March 1909

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