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CONTINENTAL CRIMES AND SENSATIONS.

ACTRESS BURNED TO DEATH. Mile. Pascaline, a popular Parisian actress, who has appeared at the Foi lea Dramatiques and at the Theatre Antolne, under the stage name of Irene Muza, has met with a terrible death.

Before taking part lv a charitable performance on Tuesday, February 23rd, she sent for her hairdresser to come and dress her hair. The hairdresser had applied a petrol lotion, when a few drops of It fel' upon the kitchen stove. The stuff Ignited iv au instant, and the flames caught the actress' hair and her dressing-gown and the clothing of the hairdresser. In a moment she was a mass of flame. A friend who was in au adjoining room tried to save her by tearing away the burning gown, but before this could be accomplished she had sustained terrible injuries.

She was conveyed to the hospital, where she expired. Her hairdresser, who was also badly injured, lies In a precarious condition. PARIS TELEPHONE GIRL'S FURS. The claims of the girl operators at the Central Telephone Office In Paris for losses in the recent tire there have become so extravagant that M. iMmyau, Under-Secretary of I'osts aud Telegraphs, announced ou Monday, February 22nd, he would pay not a penny more lv damages.

The cloakroom was not burnt, but smoke aud water damaged the contents to some considerable extent. Therefore, the administration at first made no dlfliculties about replacing cloaks aud hats that had been ruined by the tire or the firemen.

The stream of claims, however, continued undiminished in number, and increased i:i value. One had lost a hat worth £2; a second a costly fur that had been a birthday present.

It was apparent that sable, otter, and blue fox sUms were the usual accoutrements of the female staff of Gutenberz. The department grew suspicious, and asked for vouchers and for the original hills, but these seemed to have perished likewise in the Are.

So at last the harassed Minister, without questioning the authenticity of the claims, has decided that the uncompensated owners must boar the loss with philosophical calm, and flud comfort In the satisfaction of the earlier aud successful applicants.

FOUR KILLED AND MANY INJURED INWILD RUSH OF ELECTRIC TRAM.

A dreadful accident occurred at Naples on February 21st, when an overcrowded electric tramcar having over 100 people aboard, returning to the city from the races, got out of hand on a steep Incline, at the foot of which it left the rails anil overturned.

Some time elapsed before the tightlypacked people in tho rrafcar could 1 c extricated. It was thoi f-mnd that three policeman and a municipal guard had beet: killed, twenty people badly injured, eleven of them It is believed fatally, aud fourteen slightly injured.

No English or American visitors were involved in the disaster, which later inquiries showed to be due to the snapping of the brakes. The driver was thus left powerless to check the car in Its descent of the Incline. CHEMIST'S WIFE KILLS SERVANT IN MISTAKE FOR A BURGLAR. A sad tragedy occurred nt Nice recently, Mme. Ileret, the wife of the head chemist to the St. Antoine Hospital, Paris, shooting her gardener, j.mii AUavenn, dead iv mistake for » burglar. Mme. llorct. it appears, has been suffering from nervous debility, nnd her husband liail taken a villa at Nice for her. In hopes that the brightness of the life there might improve her heni'ili. A few days ago lie got a wildly-worded leticr from his wife, in which she said she had been Ihe victim of v burglary. The burglars, she said, had seized her while the servants were out. and had attempted to strangle her, an'! then bound her securely. At ihls moment, however, tlie dogs had

given the alarm, and some or the neighbours had tired revolvers, whereupon the burglars look to flight.

M. Heret decided to go to Nice, and arrived there only to hear of the tragedy that had taken place. The story of the burglars proved to be only a figment of the lady's diseased Imagination, aud she has vow been placed under restraint. SLEEP-WALKER'S FATAL FALL. On their way to work early in the moruIng two men saw a while figure running along a tiny ridge outside the seventh lloor of a house in l'assy, France. It reached the corner of the house, aud ran .straight on, falling with a crash into the sSreet. The men found the shapeless body <r a servant girl, who, it appeared, had been In the habit of walking In her sleep. She had run fully HO yards along the stoneworK. before she fell. BUTLER WHO MURDERED HIS MASTER. The verdict lv the Paris murder trial was mnde known early In February. The jury found the butler, Reuard, and the valet, Courtols, guilty of the murder of their master, M. Itsniy, the well-known Paris stockbroker. Henard was sentenced to penal servitude for life, and Courtols to twenty years' penal servitude. The accused were also Jointly mulcted in one franc damages at the suit of what Is known In French legal procedure as the civil paii.v. After the reading of the verdict, the judge asked the prisoners whether they had anything to say. Renard replied, "I am absolutely innocent." Conrtois. who In a pitiable state of prostration, was only able lo murmur iv an almost inaudible voice, "No, sir." On hearing his sentence Renard collapsed on his seat, hut as he was being carried out by the warders he recovered sufficiently to shout. "Oh, those police. If I could I would tear out their eyes." There was some hissing In court when ihe verdict was made known.

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CONTINENTAL CRIMES AND SENSATIONS. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 85, 10 April 1909

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