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Among the-many curiosities left by the late Lady Meux is an Egyptian mummy which, is said to hjav*> brought ill-luck to eyeryone who handled it. j Now, whether it is possible that ■:» curse pronounced in the'dim past enri by iany meanis work harm through the ages is a matter of opinion. But such stories and' the; strangle fa<#s connecte*d! w^th them are too numerous to be altogether neglected. . We niay instance the case of the painted -Egyptian coffin-lid1, numbered 22,542, Wliieh' in the British Museum, «nd tine rema;rkftble tale cf misfortune and death which has been associated with this pictured iiace of the priestess of the College of AmenRa.

The story is fairly well known, foi' two years ago all the dsafly papers were full of it. It is sufficient to say thfat from the time of the discovery of the; coffin in-'. ISB9 the priestess seemed to bring misfortune on everyone, who had anything to do with:--her coffin.

All five of the original nnders came to grief, and even the carrier who took tlie case to the museum, the photographer who photographed it, and the well-known writer who described the events connected with it, all died shortly afterwards. Then there * was the case of Mr George Alefounder, who, having discovered a mummy too lairge to conveniently carry away,,-deliberately beheaded it, and brought the head ba«k to Europe in a. bonnet-box. Then everything went wrong with him. Misfortune piled upon misfortune. "One d^ty he chanced to 'meet a medium. The latter at once told him that he could see a figure with high cliffs behind it, tind clouds of dust rising about it. The figure, he said, w_s he&dless. : As it h-appenocl, Mr AlefouiiSor had at tine time forgotten ail about the mummy he;i>d.iNow he • remembei"ed it, and, much startled, consulted another medium. From her lie heard precisely the sAme story/ Thls'w«s enough. Pie sent the head back at once to it? original resting-place. TJie late Shah of Persia, owned n dagger which is Quid to make its possessor invincible. Bnt as1 the superstition is that he who shall inevitably peri-sh by it, it is kept securely locked in «. stindalwood box. A "civrioiiK ■. parallel "to this- Persi.-iri dagger is, vouched for by Mr C. W. LfcvJdbeater. A certain English fiimjily own a stiletto ..which in spires everyone who holds it Avith a-'hornble wid fxlmost irresisbiblo dosire to kill somo woTwa-u.

, This weapon belonged to an ancestor whose wife deceived him, and drove him ,niad. He swore revengo, against the whole sex, and with the.

_^_B_*fc___3ff^»*'!*sV<T^^raK^3Hß_ireil({flJWff dagger killed his wife, his wife's sister, and m not her woman before he wms disarmed und nociuod.

In tl).e Kiiuuniei' oi: itHJfi M. Androei;. a. well-known ImHinews nisin | of St. Petenibni'ff, bought. ;'4> unction, for £2000, a hftiuitiiiil old noclduco made about one I huh! red wild twenty years noo by v iiini'HiS Parisinn jeweller i'oithe ill-futoil j/onfs XVI.

Nearly «;11 tlio inoniherK of the Fvench 'Royal Fnmily lo«t their Hvos in tho' Rovolutuoi, out tho nooklaco wsjis tuken f>y v nmvivor to Brussels, and there sold, Over and over again it changed hands, ami everyone who owned it w^s unlucky. _'ina,lly, v Russian Prince bought it for £'4000, anil gave it to tho I'lancer Tzukki. Tzu'kki's health. iiailtKl, slie wi'-s^ reduced to abjoot poverty, «nd died. Tlie necklaco whs sold to M. Linevitch, tlie collector. Ho died suddenly at Monto Carlo, and it passed to n, relative who lost ftll his money, and was only saved.from beggary .-by selling the piece of jewellery. And'i-eef bought it, and! almost the first time thiut his wife wore .it he fell into a -fit of senseless jealousy, and cut her down with-a sword.

Such instance© may be multiplied. Count Zborowski, when killed in a ■fearful motor accident at Nice, in 1903, was. wearing the fatal rinu; which had' belonged to his family lor foiia* generations, every ..head1 of whi_fi hud met with a, violent death.

Still more amazing is a. story told by the ■ late head of the Paris Morgue. Five times within his experience dead bodies brought to the Morgue, .were found to be wearing a''certain ring .easily distinguishable by its strange design. • , It bore in Efesteiii cbayiacters this legend: "MJuy whosoevdr wears this ring die a. miserable .dedth." M. Mace, late chief of the-Parisian polic<?i vouclies'for the truth of this.—Pearson's Weekly.

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PERILOUS POSSESSIONS., Marlborough Express, Volume XLV, Issue 276, 27 November 1911

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PERILOUS POSSESSIONS. Marlborough Express, Volume XLV, Issue 276, 27 November 1911

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