TRAGIC DEATH OF AN ARTIST.
An atrocious crime was discovered on Sundny, February 14, nt St. Juilen, n rusti.suburb of Marseilles, the victim being a promising young artist, named Leon Courcy, who had for some time resided In the neighbourhood. Courcy had been missing from his lodgings for some days, and none of his friends could trace his movements. On .Saturday, In a lonely licld-road some distance out of St. Julien, a hammer was found covered with dried blood. From the scene of this discovery recent wheel marks led across some fields to a disused quarry pit. The latter was obut 90ft. deep, and contained 12ft of Tvator. On Sunday four men were lowered to the surface of the water oy means oi ropes, and dragged the bottom or the pit with Irons. After several hours' search they recovered the body of the missing man. Ills skull had been smashed with some heavy weapon, presumably the hammer previously found. To make doubiy sure the assailants had cut the victim's throat from ear to ear. Then they transported the body across the Intervening field in n vehicle of some kind, and threw It into 'the pit where it was found. Hunting for the murderer or murderers, the police on Tuesday found a Marseilles eabtnau who told them that on Thursday February 11, about half-past eight In tne evening, he was hired by two well-dresed men, who told him to drive to St. Julien. The men had given him the address of a boulevard, but when 'the corner leading to the quarry was reached they called to him to stop, and. having alighted, they walked off iv that direction. A gardener has since been gound who says that he saw two such men as those described by the cabman on the road to the quarry on the Thursday evening In question. They were joined nr a third man, driving a small two-wheeled cart, and, after a conversation, the three proceeded in the dir»etiou of the quarry together. The police believe that the painter was the yirtim of an orgamsec plot to kill him. and are leaving no stone unturned to find the three men who are apparently the authors of it.
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