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A NINE DAYS WONDER., Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 62, 13 March 1909
A NINE DAYS WONDER.
.; ;/»fhE' [ gops^e^i^s: jibraworF.. (From i&nr CpecUl Correspondent.) , ' •- ' LONDON JaMary 22.* •" ww«pap«r Sue «id~ cry raised over '.Mtwvyiolet r: CliariMjiwtlii"'la young lady, •who dis»pp««red without -Informing h«t creditors/ of Jier ; tfejrijjnaUM, Jilustrates the remarkable ctiange-that hai>.come over English, character'" In Tecent' years. Time was when John. Bull stood for all that was solid, stolid, sober,, unsentimental. Today, v reflected Ja that mirror of the ace, the daily l'reee, he Is Just the reyerse. He hi* growa excitable, emotlonal, gushing, amazingly Interested in trifles, and apparently very unconcerned about the serious things of lite. The columns upon columns in the papers over the Charleeiforth incident form a pretty commentary cm John Bull's 20th century character. Mies Violet Charles worth, tie nlne^ays , wonder of the British Isles,, has achieved fame by the simple process of making a dramatic disappearance after her alleged fortune failed to materialise. She bad been living on ft scale which euigeated ample means, leasing country houses Iα Scotland, Wales, and. England, fnrnlablng them lavishly, reatlug pt. Bernard dogs, dabbllng on the stock exchange, and dashing about the country in motor can. The only remarkable thine about the young lady was her faculty for mating tradesmen and even London stockbrokers believe in. her honesty and simplicity, She certainly bad this faculty developed to a high- degree, and was able to get plenty of fln&ncjal credit on the strength of her youth, her ajr of confldtns simplicity, her motor can and general expensive mode of life. ' (The fortune which illes Violet was to haTe "lnherlteO" on January 18 failed to cone to hand. Then followed a motor "accident" on a Welsh dig' toad. Tlolet was Buppoeed to have been thrown over the cliff and kil-'ed. Her sorter end the chanfEenr».wlio..wera4ii the ear'tt the time, CQald offer no .other, explanation of Violet's
disappearance. Bnt'the whole etory of the accident wa» w> yery thta and nnconvincins. that : the police and f the newepapere guictly scented a ruse: - Presently it wa* openly declared that the "accident" had been arranged with the express purpose of enabling Violet to ma&e a conrenieit disappearance. -Each newspaper cent out its •leuth'honndß to , track the ladj down, and the hue *nd cry was raised np end down the whole countryi ';'■■ . -■'-- ■-' Violet CharlMworth wax trace* to Glasgow, and from tliere to Oban, and..from there f> Toberjnorj, a remote spot on, the oosft of Stall She returned to Oban last ißonday, and in her hortel wa» eboftonted hy the trieel«l corrt»pondi«t of fht "Übrnta| tetdir," tte onftr jMßfnj«ln; jyho baA got thiongh to Oban before a atorm blocked the line. Secure from the" eopijwtitlon of hie riTal elewth .hoxmda l _the man was able to bring off "acoop.' , - He had a flre minutee' lnterirtew; with the young lady, and worked it op Into a ftrarcoiumij story—a remaAißle feat of jonrnaUeiD- •He aecne*d her of being Mlse Violet Chariejworth. She angrily denied h«r.. Identity, ..«nd ewore "on herljonour , '. that,the,, wa« itorgaset Cameron Macleod, a yonng.lady of Independent means, aid that she knew nothing of anyone of the name of Charles worth. Then, Iα the words of the admiring. Pressman,
"fathering her skirt In her left hand, she swept like a yo-Qijg jjueeti'.out of the room, and dteappeawd up»tairs Iα a/ whirl of angry drfcperlee." .."Qur . Interview was Bh.Prt," :he, added, "wad Hk£ i&e- weather qnteide, gusty at intervals; but it left mc In no doubt, in eplte of the lady'e vigorous —too that -the Welsh motor mystery Iβ solved at last." ' TBK MYBTBBT tBNKAyHDUjEJD. The etory of "Mils Maeleod" brought Miv Charleeworth's slater and a friend of the family, Mr Gratton, to Oban in hot haste, together with a whole' swarm of Preesmen. "Mlse Madeod" kept up her angry denial of any. identity with Violet Charlesworth, and. more remarkable still, Miss Lilian, .eharlesworth stoutly asserted that "Mleb Madeod" was not Jier sister! Nevertheless, the two ladles and Mr Gratton;aU left together for qKegbw; whither they were accompanied, ac a .matter of course by the noble army of newspaper correapondents. Twenty or-thirty, of. the latter wafted in the hijl of a Glasgow Hotel next morning to «cc the ladlee' departure to catch toe train .for Bflinbnrgh, tot the ladies eluded them br escaping down the ajeoda , ,11ft and outhy the be,* door to a motor car, to whjeh they drove to Edinburgh. But ther. •Mfim Madood" w ?«n to. earth thte tim» by tfe* "nelly, Mail," and to til* repraentaa** of that Journal she finally coaxeaaed <kat phe waa Violet Cbarleeworth. She ■flbmttted 'to. a> thorough crp#«-ex*mina«<)n, told the story of her life, explained how she had been In ananoUl dlglpnltiea, hot emphatically 4«nl*d that tnf motor accident had been ptecpneerted and arranged, ahe said that ■he left ber bead after the ear ran, into the ell(T wail, end thinking her sister, and the chauffeur were killed, she had run wildly Jnte Convey and .taken a train to Crewe, and anotb«r from there to Glasgow. She had af t«rwarde denied . her' Identity, she Mid, in order "to avoid tat publicity of the t»DO»ure."' (I :< '-■ ■* .■ '•■?■■ '-;■
Such If the lady's latest etory, ana thoie who wire to'beUevß it are at liberty to flo io. Tho»e wno think th?t tte Press of the kingdom hae been snffeHng from •'too much Charlesworth" will welcome the ooUapee i)t the ftfeical mjetery.
A NINE DAYS WONDER., Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 62, 13 March 1909
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