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Habemont, the mason who fell violently in love with a nun at Rouen who was old enough to be' his mother, has been condemned to ten years' penal servitude for attempting to murder the lady. The mason, who, although a young man, had been frequently in prison, was under the impression that he had attracted the favorable notice of Sister Saint-Laurent, who wa3 attached to a penitentiary wherein he was confined. On regaining his freedom Habemont waited for the nun one day as she was coming out of the penitentiary with her superioress, and, as she refused to have anything to say to him, he ran after her, tore off her veil, and nred nye shots from a revolver at her. One entered her skull, and was, it appears, extracted easily, thanks to the application of the«'X rays. Habemont/was arrested by soldiers who were passing mar the place where the tragedy occurred. The man was examined by specialists, who agreed that he was responsible for hi ß actions. In answer to questions put to him by the presiding Judge at Rouen, the fellow attributed his crime to love. He was madly enamored of the nun, and wanted to marry her, although it was not quite clear where his means for supporting a wife were to come from.

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A FRENCH TRAGEDY., Issue 10446, 16 October 1897

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A FRENCH TRAGEDY. Issue 10446, 16 October 1897

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