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THE FORGE OF LIFE,

----AN EXTRAORDINARY NOVEL*

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[WHY THE POOR KATES ARE HIGH…

ABERDOVEY.

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LOUISE MASSET EXECUTED.

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LOUISE MASSET EXECUTED. PRISONER CONFESSES TO THE CRIME. Louise Josephine Masset, aged 36, a French governess, was executed at X ewg-ate on Tuesday morning for the murder of her illegitimate child, Louis Masset, aged three and a half years. The crime was of a peculiarly cold-blooded nature. The child had been reared by a woman who received regular payment from Miss Masset, through the father, a Frenchman. She regularly visited the child, but on October 26th she took him from his foster-mother, ostensibly to send him to France, by the desire of the father, but at Dalston Station it was proved she went into the ladies' lava- tory, and there strangled the child, leaving the body in a nude state, covered only with a shawl' Mrs Dyer, the notorious Reading baby farmer, was the last woman executed at Newgate. At a quarter to nine the prison bell began to toll, and between 2,000 and 3,000 persons must have been present, Not more than a few seconds had elapsed after the hour of nine had struck when the black flag was run up from the quadrangle, announcing to the world that Louise Masset bad met her doom. The appearance of the flag was greeted with loud cheers but the crowd, which was a most orderlv one, ar once quickly dispersed. The execution was carried out by Billington, assisted by his son. Siuce Sunday, when the Home Secretary's final decision was communicated to her, the wretched woman had remained in a most despondent and de- jected state of mind. The condemned woman did not show the slightest symptoms of fear at her; approaching end. She scarcely touched her break- fast which consisted of bread aud batter and tea. The Rev Mr Ramsav (prison chaplaiu) was wit.r; her to the last. The process of pinioning wan carried out without the slightest resistance, and, to the relief of ali, she confessed to the crime, her last words bei::g, Wha.t I am about to suffer is just, and now my conscience is clear." She walked wilhout assistance to the scaffold, The final preparations were speedily made and the bolt drawn. Death appeared to be instantaneous. The wretched woman behaved with wonderful firmness and self-control right up to the last.

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; PRESENTATION TO THE VICAR…

. ! TRAGEDY IN WALES.

RUSSIA AND CENTRAL ASIA.

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