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At Berlin has just died an old lady named Giffard, a teacher "hy profession, As the death took place under somewhat mysterious circumstances, the police authorities thought it necessary to have an inquest, the result of which was the discovery of some very curious facts concerning the old lady’s life. It was shown that she was the love-child of a far-famed Venetian countess, and that she was educated by a well-known Berlin doctor. Frau Giffard lived in a house the windows of which were kept obstinately closed and covered with thick curtains. It is said that the windows wore not once opened during eighteen years, and that she used to burn caudles day and night. She lived in the most miserable fashion, drinking water and eating scarcely anything, and that of the worst quality. The police found iu the house only a bloater and a piece of bread, but iu the same room were three deposit declarations, over 80,000 marks, in value—£l,6oo—the interest on which, as was proved later on, had not been touched for years. In another drawer were discovered jewels aud gold worth over 15,000 marks—£7so. A library in tho same room contained 1,660 books of great value, but thickly crusted with dust. Finally a will was discovered, according to which tho old lady had in the Imperial Bank a sum of 382,740 marks—£l9.l37—which sum she bequeathed in three equal parts to'a Catholic, a Protestant, and a Jewish school. Yet at the inquest the verdict was that she had died from starvation. 'On tho arm of a young woman in New \ork is a photograph, placed there by lightning. She is a telegraph operator, and while she was sending it message to St. John’s during a storm she felt an acute pain in her aim. anrl nn 1 «♦. f.. ar.l. .

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A BERLIN ROMANCE., Evening Star, Issue 10441, 9 October 1897, Supplement

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A BERLIN ROMANCE. Evening Star, Issue 10441, 9 October 1897, Supplement