BRITISH CONSUL ROBBED.
DARING OUTRAGE BY TRENCH FOOTPADS. Mr. Hook, who is British Vice-Consul at Hyeres, and who is also manager of the local English bank, was the victim of an audacious attack by. footpads. • Accompanied by his nephew, aged 16, Mr. Hook left the bank premises about six o'clock, intending to walk to his home, a mile away. He had in his possession £200 in. notes and gold. Halfway home, and at the corner of a narrow street, uncle and nephew were suddenly set upon by three weill-c!rei;sed men. ■ The nephewi was knocked down by one ruffian, while the remaining two attacked Mr. Hook. One of the hitter's aggressors struck him on the face, while the second, springing upon him from behind, attempted to strangle him. ' The Vice-Consul ultimately found himself on the ground, and there his pockets were speedily rifled. The arrival of a tram from Toulon disturbed the bandits, and they hurriedly lied, overlooking in their hurry a bundle of notes-which Mr. Hook had inside his pocket. The victims of the assault are suffering severely from shock. It was almost dark at the time of the outrage. The street-lamps were not alight, and neither Mr. Hook nor his nephew had much opportunity of distinctly seeing their assailants' faces. The robbers had taken the precaution of pulling their hats well over their eyes. It was at first reported that they wore masks, but it is now considered doubtful. Detectives have been sent from Marseilles and Toulon to assist in the search for the culprits.
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