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A SPENDTHRIFT MARCHIONESS.

EXTRAVAGANCES OF A PARISIAN

GRANDE DAME.

BROUGHT TO BOOK. (From Our Special Correspondent.] London, May 10. Picture the sensation there would be in London society if some well-known beauty of the beau monde, such as Lady Brooke or the Duchess of Leinster, were to be arrested for debt, and all her extravagances and eccentricities made public, and you will be able to imagine the cackling which tout Pari* is enjoying over the case of the Marquise D’Avary. This lady (nit Do Mercy D’Argentcau) comes from a family which was ennobled under the Restoration, is twenty-five years of ago, and was married to the Marquis' (says the Paris correspondent of the ‘Telegraph’) in 1883. joint incomes of the Marquis and Marchioness amounted to a little under L 2.000, and as they lived with the respected parent of the bridegroom, in the Faubourg St. Germain, they had no expenses beyond a trifle of L4OO a year, which was set apart for the lady’s dresses. This, however, was soon found insufficient by the Marchioness, ns she ordered whatever struck her fancy, and when the annual toilette fund was exhausted she had recourse to that dangerous and disreputable expedient known among minor mortals and vulgar people generally as "chalking it up.” By degrees the bills were sent in to the Marquis, who found that his lady had been •" chalked up ” to an astounding extent by the most fashion-

able and correspondingly expensive milliners, dressmakers, cigarette merchants, and coiffeurs in Baris. Nevertheless the loving husband paid, but under serious protestation, whereupon the Marchioness sulked, and in order to dissipate her chagrin and vexation she went on a circular tour, and was “personally conducted 1 ’ round England, Italy, Egypt, and Palestine. She received L 2,000 from her husband’s bankers before setting out on her tour, but it was stipulated that she should pay LBOO out of this to her tradesmen. This, however, she conveniently forgot to do, and from Milan sho wrote to her husband that somebody had stolen the LSOO from her. The Marquis went so far as to set diplomatic machinery in motion, and interested the Italian Government in the loss, but to no purpose. The money was nowhere to be found. In 1887 the Marchioness returned to Paris after having seen, like the Ithacan, “many men and cities.” She found, however, that the doors of her father-in-law’s mansion in the noble Faubourg were strictly and severely closed against her, so she took refuge with the religious congregation known as “The Ladies of Help,” While in this abode she obtained a decree of separation from her husband, and this necessitated a formal winding-up of her financial affairs, the very rumor of which brought ail her creditors to the front. In ten months she had contracted debts amounting in the aggregate to the sum of L 7.000, and they were of the most varied character. In twenty-five days she bought bonnets costing L6BO, and ran up a bill of L 220 for Surah silk chemises, and another of LIBO for lace-trimmed sheets, some of which were in black foulard s Ik, others in white, others in mauve, and others in pink. Her dressmakers’ bills came to L‘2,400, her shoemakers’ to LI2O, her jewellers’ to L 1,720, and her photographer’s to L 228. A fashionable milliner in the Rue de la Paix had supplied various hats, a Greek Capote similar, no doubt, in form to that worn by the rough Suliote, and other items; an English establishment in the Faubourg St. Houoiehada small bill for bed and table services ; a lingire had a long note for lace and chemises of all the colors of the rainbow, while a bookbinder’s bill served to show the special literary leanings of the Marchioness. There were works by Zola, by Catulle Mendes, and even by M. Mace, ex-detective, who has written all about the thieves and rascals of Paris. There was a long debats before the Fifth Civil Chamber as to whether the Marquis was responsible or not for tho liabilities of his wife. After mature deliberation, the Judges held that the Marquis ought to have cried “ Hold, enough ! ” to his spouse, us ho was her natural guardian and guide, and accordingly decreed that be should pay. In mitigation oi the Marquis's punishment, however, some of the bills were considerably reduced.

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A SPENDTHRIFT MARCHIONESS., Evening Star, Issue 7957, 12 July 1889, Supplement

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