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A curious insurance case is to be tried in the Civil Law Courts of the Seine. A gentleman named Henri Martin, aged thirty-three, a Doctor of Laws, decorated with the third class of the Order of Public Instruction, and the chief editor of the ' Courrier de Lyon,' an important provincial paper, was found some weeks ago hanged in his residence at Lyons. Round his neck was a dog collar, to which was attached a cord depending from a hook fixed just over his bed. Did M. Martin commit suicide, or did he not ? This is the question that the three companies with which he had insured his life for 30,000fr are now disputing. If M. Martin hanged himself voluntarily they will win their case. But it has been proved that for some years past he has taken a scientific interest in the whole problem of

hanging, and was preparing an article for the 'Courrier de Lyon,' entitled " Choses Vecues" (an evident imitation of Victor Hugo's famous " Choses Vues "), in which the sensation of hanging so variously commented on by different authorities in ages past was to be accurately described. It is thought that at the critical moment he was unable to free himself from the fatal dog collar and wa3 hanged for good and all, without in tho least expecting it.

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CURIOUS LAW CASE., Issue 10423, 18 September 1897, Supplement

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CURIOUS LAW CASE. Issue 10423, 18 September 1897, Supplement

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