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French judges in Tunis have had to deal with one of the mo3t terrible tragedies, duo to Italian vengeancp, ever recorded. A few years since a youDg Italian schoolmistressnamed Marietta Bertolini received the addresses of a dashing person who'called himself Prince Giulio De Belmonte. This man ousted a young Sicilian called Voltone who had been in Marietta's good graces. The self - styled prince spoke of his palaces and gardens, which only existed in his imagination, like those described by Claude Melnotte for the sighing Paulino Daßchapelles. He talked of unbounded wealth, of houses in Paris and yachts at Cowes. The upshot of this was that Marietta Bertolini left her father's house, taking with her a sum of 2,000fr, and went to live with the adventurer outside Tunis. The false prince spant her money, and then said that he had to go to Italy in order to raise funds. In the meantime Marietta's friends discovered that the socalled Prince De Belmonto was a common Sicilian adventurer who was badly wanted by the gendarmes in his own country. The girl on hearing this became frantic with rage, and vowed a vigorous vengeance on the man who had dishonored and deceived her. She first had recourse to her old discarded lover, Voltone, who agreed to do what she wanted, and induced a friend of his named Piazza to join him. The latter, a notorious character, made his son join the conspiracy. The three'men waylaid Belmonte one night and fairly hacked him to pieces, and then dismembered him. Piazza and his son, true to their instincts as robbers, divided between them the clothes ■ and boots of the ill-fated adventurer, whom they had regarded eb a real prince, and were surprised when they found that so high a personage left very little propertv behind him. Next day some Natives discovered the mutilated body, but it was not until eighteen months afterwards that the crime was traced. This was brooght about by the fact that one of the Piazzas offered the sham prince's watch for ea'e; and, on being pressed as to where he had obtained it, made a full confession of the murder. The criminals have been tried, with the result that Marietta Bertolini is ones more a free woman, the jurors having been moved in her favor. The elder Piazza and Voltone were Bent to penal servitude for life ; and the youngest of the criminals, who assisted his father, is to go to prison for two years.

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A MODERN MELNOTTE., Evening Star, Issue 10447, 18 October 1897

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A MODERN MELNOTTE. Evening Star, Issue 10447, 18 October 1897