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BOGUS PRINCES. THE HOAXERS IDENTIFIED. PUNISHMENT INFLICTED, By Telegraph.— Press A Bsociatfon.— Copyright.. (Received April 15, 10 a.m.) LONDON, 14th April. Tho Daily Express states that a number of young naval officers have been identified as the authors of what is known as the 'Abyssinian Hoax." One was compelled to apologise to the Commander-in-Chief, two of the hoaxers submitted to a caning, and a fourth, who is ill, and tho girl were pardoned. The hoax — a most daring one — was enacted in February on board the battleship Dreadnought, the flagship of the j Commander-in-chief of the Home Fleet. During the week a telegram, purporting to be sent by Sir Charles Hardinge, tho Permanent Under-Secretary for Foreign Affair?, was received on board the veswl, then lying off Portland. It contained the information that Prince Makalin and suite would arrive in the afternoon, and gave instructions that they were to receive every attention. In this partitular case the telegram appeared to be authentic, and every fitting arrangement \\n. p made to welcome Prince Makalin and his suite. When, later in the afternoon, the dusky visitors, with an "attache" and an "interpreter arrived at Portland, a steam pinnace from the Dreadnought awaited thfm. and they were conveyed to the battleship. Tho party arrived when the light wan beginning to go. and the officers of the ship who happened to be on board Fhowed them marked rouitesy, nnd explained everything of general interest pbout the vessel. The party counted of four pel • eons, made up of the two princes, attache ond interpreter. One is a gentleman belonging to a noble family, and the lady is a Eiiter of one of the other actors in the comedy. No expense or trouble was spared. Real jewels were bou«l\t for a considerable sum, and the details of the costumes were well thought out. A sky-blue silk robe, beautifully embroidered, waa made for the Ipdy. and the men of the party were provided with equally gorgeous attire.

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NATAL HOAX., Evening Post, Volume LXXIX, Issue 88, 15 April 1910

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NATAL HOAX. Evening Post, Volume LXXIX, Issue 88, 15 April 1910