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THE ADVENTURES OF A FRENCH ADVENTURESS. The annals of the London police-courts always present some features of remarkable interest, occasionally even bordering upon the romantic. One of the latest instances is the following case, which has been brought before the magistrates,at the Hammersmith police-office. Subjoined are the particulars:— A young French woman, who gave the name of Marie Julie Vintz, and who described herself as a servant, was charged with obtaining a situation in the service of Mr. Little, a gentleman residing at Brompton, near London, by means of a false character. The prisoner represented that she did not understand English, although the prosecutor stated that she could speak it tolerably well, and the assistance of an inter- preter was therefore obtained. Mr. Little deposed that on the 15th of December last the prisoner applied to his family for a situation as lady's-maid. He saw her in the evening, and she pro- duced two papers,—one purporting to be a letter, and the other a formal certificate with a seal attached. The second document purported to be the certificate of and signed by the Count de Lisbonne, and^ the seal attached purported to be his crest. The certificate stated that the prisoner had lived in his service for six years and upwards, and left in consequence of the death of upwards, and left in consequence of the death of the countess. The prisoner at the time said she was then in mourning for the deceased countess, and that she had only been eight days from Paiis. The letter purported to have been written by the mother of the deceased countess, stating that it was probable the English ladies would like a letter with the character, and that she wrote to confirm what was re- presented in the certificate. As the documents appeared to be genuine and the contents so satisfactory she was engaged at once, and she entered upon her duties. After she had been in the house a few days he became suspicious in consequence of her appearing to have a great number of acquaintance, and at last he questioned her about two ladies who had called in a brougham to see her. She stated that one of the ladies was a Madame Bernard, the wife of a hairdresser living in the neighbourhood of Regent-street, whom she had known while in the service of the countess. Witness was unable to find Madame Bernard, but in the course of the day he received a letter from Lady John Somerset, who wished to see him. Upon seeing her ladyship he found that she was the Madame Bernard, as represented by the prisoner. He was informed by Lady John Somerset that the prisoner had lived in her service a few days by means of a false character, and that she lost between 701. and 801, worth of lace, and that she believed the prisoner had been in service in Ireland. He returned home and told the prisoner that he had found out who Madame Bernard was, and she then became very much excited, and said that he knew all about it and that he had found her out. He then in- quired for the character by which she had succeeded in getting into his service, and she replied that she had either left the papers with a lady to whom she was ap- plying for a situation, or that they were lost. He then threatened to call in a constable, upon which she promised to make a clean breast. She said the docu- ments were written by an American gentleman with whom she had formed an acquaintance in Paris. Knowing that Lady John Somerset had been robbed, he insisted upon searching her boxes, to which she con- sented, but he saw nothing but what a person in her posi- tion might honestly possess. He discharged her, and after she had left he missed several articles of wearing apparel, and he then gave information to the police. Upon mak- ing inquiries he found that the prisoner had been in the service of the Rev. Mr. Perceval in Ireland, and that he had her from Paris. In consequence of her conduct being so bad he was compelled to discharge her and hand her over to the French Consul in Dublin. Subse- quently a gentleman named O'Connor, living in Ros- common, took her from the consul, and in a few days afterwards Mrs. O'Connor missed a gold watch and chain from her dressing-room. Witness had communi- cated with Mr. O'Connor, and had received a descrip- tion of the gold watch. A gold watch had been found in her possession by Sergeant Williamson, and it cor- responded with the one Mrs. O'Connor had lost. The prisoner had gone by several names, but he believed that her real name was Judlin. Since she had left him she had obtained a situation in the house of a lady re- siding on Haverstock-hill, Hampstead, at which place she was taken into custody. She went by a false name in this situation. The prisoner was asked if she bad any questions to put to the witness, when she told the interpreter that she did not understand his French, and that she wanted a lawyer, after which she was remanded for further inquiries.



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