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M. Jooand, alias Leo Taxil, who promised to produce "Diana Vaughan " at a lecture to a meeting in Paris, acknowledged at the gathering what most people have long known — that she never existed save in his imagination. The Paris correspondent of the Times telegraphs : — " Taxil announced that Diana was one of a series of hoaxes. He had begun, he said, by persuading the Commandant of Marseilles that the harbour was infested with sharks, and a ship was sent out to destroy them. He next invented a lacustrine city on the Lake of Geneva — a story which drew tourists and archaeologists to the spot. He ironically tha aked the bishops and Catholic newspapers for facilitating his crowning hoax — namely, his conversion, his penitential retreat with the Jesuits, his audience of the Pope, the Pope's rebuke to the Bishop of Charleston for denouncing the anti-Masonic confessions as a fraud, and the Papal blessing to Diana Vaughan, who was a simple typewriter in his employ, but who laughingly allowed her name to be used by him in letters and pamphlets. The audience received these shameless revelations with mingled indignation and contempt, and Taxil was mobbed on leaving the hall, so that policemen had to escort him to a neighbouring cafe." — Catholic Times.

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EXIT DIANA VAUGHAN., New Zealand Tablet, Volume XXIV, Issue 7, 11 June 1897

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EXIT DIANA VAUGHAN. New Zealand Tablet, Volume XXIV, Issue 7, 11 June 1897

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