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THE END OF THE TRACPMANN TRIAL, Writing on the evening of Fridav last, the Paris cor- respondent of the Standard says :âThe last scene but one in the Traupmann tragedy tock place at 10 o'cloctc last night. I think it utterly unnecessary, after the exhaus tire account of the proceedings which I have laid before vour readers, to trouble vou with the speech of M. Lachaud for the defence The case was not an easv one, and M. Lachaud no doubt did his best; but unfortu- nately hia chief argument, that the prisoner had accom- plices, being utterly unsupported by evidence, and contradicted by Traupmann'sconfessim inN,)vember. did not affird scope for that peculiarly theatrical eloquence for which he is famous. His speech was, therefore, though perhaps as good as cculd he made under the circumstances, not up to M. Lachaud's general average. Next he plesded that Traupmann was suffering from homicidal monomania, and appealed to the consciences of the jury not to convict the prisoner so long as thev had -as he conceived they mUllt have-II. doubt as to whether the mere child at the bar before them had committed single handed the fearful series of crimes the narrative of which had been laid before them in such sickening detail. Traupmann listened very attentively to all that fell from his counsel, and appeared to feel deep emotion at the allusions to bis family, arid especially to his mother, which M. Laohaudmadea point of introduc- ing into his address. At one part of his speech, when he questinned the right of the jury to bring Traupmann to the sCaff >ld, loud murmurs arose in the court. M. Lachaud spoke for nearly four hours. When he sat down the ^residertt hummed up dead against the prisoner. The siimiriing-tfp' took about two hours, during which the prisoner Cjuffitl'y fcorrtpffred himself to sleep! Perhaps he was only pretending tt is not impossible that, after ten hours in a crowded court, ik*d the excitement he must have fen, ?""ever guccesfully I he contrived to avoid any display of it, naCun} should have given way. When the President concluded, tfsked TraupiHFinn if he had anything to add for his deie-ice; the primer rose, bowed, and said, Non, Monsieur te Pi'esi(dent," with the utmost composure. It was nine o'cl'oc.x before the 4-ity retired to their room to consider their verdict. Trle sitting was atis pended the judges withdrew; and the prisoner watj removed to an adjoining apartment. He a'sfetj the r gendarmes in charge of him-" Is that little business at the jury likely to last long?" He was told about an hour. "Why, then, we can have a game of cards! he replied. As the gendarme* seemed rather nonplussed at this, he quietly ad^ed, I know very well that I am going to. be sen'eneed to death â but thaj will not pjevent rhv ertjoying my supper, I can tell voti. And, besides, I appeal to thife Court of Cassatio#, and meartwflile the packet book will be discovered, and I shall have-a new trial." In the coxirt, mean while,; the auditory showed signs of great agination and excitement, which subsided as if bv magic as the bell was rung announcing that the jury had agreed on their verdict. The judges then returned to the court, and resumed their seats. The president cau- tioned the public against anv manifestations of opinion, and called on the foreman of the jury to read the verdict, which was listened to with the utmost silence. You are already aware that the verdict was guil'y on all coun's, and 8nid nothing ab iu' ex'enuating circumstances. The President then ordered the prisoner to be i ronght in. Traupman entered with a firm step, his face, far f: m showing any signs of emotion, appearing cheerful and composed. The verdict was then road to him, and the Public Prosecutor called on the Court to apply Art 302 of the penal code. The President asked TraupmanO had be nothing to say why sentence should not be passed upon him. The prisoner replied, in the most uncon- cerned manner, Nothing whatever." The judges a<!ain retired to their room to deliberate, and, after the lapse of five minutep; came into Oourt again, when the President formally senteuoed him to death. At this there was a burst of applause in the cnurt, The prisoner heard it unmoved. The President added that he had three days to appeal to the Court of Cassa- tion. TtiUpraanti rose, made a salu'ation as if acknowledging a compliment, and turned towards the passage leading to his prison. A murmur, as if of satisfaction that his fate had been sealed, agitated the crowed. The prisoner caught itâhe was not too pre- occupied for that-and with a horrid, almost incredible, bravado, he halted at the door, faced the public, and grinned literally a fienish grin, such a contortion as Hugo paints on the face of the latest of big heroes of Deformity. The murderer laid bare his sharp white teeth in his supreme defiance t) socie y, thus suggesting to the last his kindred With the beasts "If u, ey to which he htis been so often compared by those who have studied him. His extraordinrry coolness did not leave him fot an instant as Le regained his cell On arriving at the entrance he was surprised to se6 the director and. an unufal number of guardians, who were waiting to receive him. "Ah f he cried," I am condemned to death I suppose you know it; I was looking out for it myself. But it isn t that that bothers me now, but my supper. I'm precioud hungry-htid nothing to eat since morning." This mocking assumption and self possession-for the fellow at the bottom must have been moved to the depths of his natureâwas listened to in silenrei Traupmann was conducted into his cell, and there the Governor of the goal quietly told him he must take off his clothes to put on the convict's dress. All riht," he coolly answered, and proceeded to strip naked as direct, d, casting himself on the bed in this state. He was handed the prison shirt of coarse linen and ordered to put it on. The attendants had forgotten to unbutton the waistbands, but Traupmann, as if instinctively, undid the fastenings with his teeth. After he had put on the trousers of brown stuff and the jacket, he said, 'That's enough; I'm hot." But the camisole de force, a sort of outer garb of the straight waistcoat pattern to prevent the wearer from doing harm to himself or other", remained. With some rtliictinoe he assumed this latter garment; he com- plained that he c mId not eat comfortably with it, an 1, I presume, the idea struck him he could no longer kill thought by card playing. When the toilette was finished, for the first time he betrayed an impatience, desiring to be left undisiured, and throwing himself on his bed with his face to the wall Evidently he wa3 beginning to realise his awful position at last. What the effect of some three weeks' repressive rigimen on this spirit may be it would be idle to speculate we can only hope for the best, and feel thankful that society his acquitted itself of a duty to the dead. Before rdegallng this monster of crime to Monsieur de Paris I'he local Calcraft), to whom be nov belongs of rignt. an observation will net bo out of place as t > the vain glorious passion for notoriety which seems to possess him. On the first evening of the trial, he remarked to his fellow prisoners that he knew there were journalists regarding him when he had entered the court, and said to himself, "Traupmann, mind yourself." And last night again, he smilingly said to a Garde de Paris, i hefe 11 be a jolly lilt of talk over the in Paris to night. I bet there's many a one will be glad to hear it's all up with me. Pshaw! What do I care ?" Now, me uppermost feehng with a man who speaks in this wav is that of dying game," and leaving a reputation behind him in the annals of crime. He f. els that he is "about as well known now as Alexander Dumas, as he of.ce dropped the vaúnt, and bai a name to keep up, and I am inclined to think he will keep it up to tne bitter end. Like the doomed one of le Dernier Jour d'ún Uondamine, his thoughts are not likely to be of God, or liii victims. He may shudder as the planking of the guillotine rises before him, but he will rt-collect that j lurnalillts will be there, and mind himself." An evil passion for notoriety this, it, my opin ion eclipsts the fa trill, ar tone of Erastotrattus, who bnrnt down the temple of Ephesus, to be known. On Friday, Traupmann took the necessary steps for appealing to the Court of Cassation. He has resumed, in some degree; his former cheerful demeanour, but is unable altogether to conceal his flense of hia serious position. On Wednesday evening, a well dressed lady presented herself at the Palace of Justice, and obtained an inter- view with the Secretary of M. Berillon. Bursting into tears, she insisted upon being immediately arrested; stating that she was an acojmplice of Traupmann in the most horrible crimes, and had carried on a system of poisoning in various bouse., She refused to state her name, and said she had forgotten her address, and knew nothing about her fam ly. She was removed to a lunatic asylum.

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