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EXTRAORDINARY CAREER OF AN ADVENTURESS. « A woman named Ella Leslie, twenty-six, using the aliases of Countess de Leslie' and 'Lady Beatrice Maynard,' pleaded guilty at the London Sessions on Wednesday, to two indict- ments charging her with fraud. In June, 1896, at the North London Sessions, the prisoner was convicted of frauds on boarding-house keepers and sentenced to twelvemonths' hard labour. Released in June this year, she at once began to victimise persons by false pretences. Repre- senting herself as a member of Mr. George Edwardes's Gaiety Company, she succeeded in defrauding two women named Cursoa and Ward by obtaining food and lodgings. To those she wished to dupe she confided that she was engaged to the stage manager, Mr. Edwardes, of the theatre named, but this was entirely an invention as that gentleman was already married. Detective Fullerarreated the 'Countess de Leslie,' as she called herself, after she returned from a drive in Hyde Park. The officer had made inquiries and discovered that Leslie had lived at twelve different address6s without paying the landladies. From one of the leading West-end job masters she engaged a carriage and pair, and spent a great deal of her time driving about. If the 'cattle' did not suit her, she very indignantly ordered the coach- man to take them back. None of the owners received a penny for the use of their vehicles. The prisoner also attempted to obtain jewellery worth £1,200 from jewellers in Bond-street and Regent-street. She was a gold medallist of the Guildhall School of Music.—A sentence of eighteen month's hard labour was passed on her.

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