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A MYSTERIOUS TRAGEDY. Every one residing in Naples has been horritled by the details of a III urd.!r, which was committed last Thursday night, fa a first-class carriage of the night train to Rome and Florence. The particulars are thus given by the correspon- dent of The Tmœll The victim was the Contessa Armanda Sartores Ribrandi Cattaneo da Novat a—a long name, but you roust take it as it is. Separated from her husband, to which it is necessary to allud she came from V ogbera, in the north of Italy, to Naples about a fortnight since, and took lodgings at San Paolo, a village near Nola! Here she was in the habit of receiving every evening leYeral officers of a cavalry regiment, among whom waø a Lieutenant Negri. ODe evenmg last week, the cries of the Countess, in a half-8uffocated tone, were heard beseeching for belp, on hich thelandlord, Signor Contieri, went out on the staircase, fired a phot, and met Negri runnin down. He then went to the Co- tess, who confessed that 8he had come to San Paolo III order to see Negri, who had SOIDtj letters or papers of herB which he rfused to give up that aftlilr her "society" had left her tbat evening he returned, having Bent away the servants under Borne excuse and closed th doors, when he endeavoured to force her to write a letter to her friends stating she had committed suicide. What could have been the mo- tive for this can only be imagined. On her hesita- ting to do this he snatched a dagger from her hand, whieh she carried for self.defl;lnce-" aDd was in the act of IiItriking her, when he fled to aother room, followed f her maddened lover. The dagger was again up- htted, when he pistol-shot fired by the landlord seemed to paralyze hIm, and he made his escape. In apartmeut she remained all the night, and Negri re- turned to ask her pndun, in8i8ting also on remaining ill another room. Ou the Dext day (Wednesday) several of the officers of the regiment, hearing of the affair, oa.meh the bouse to piotect the Countess, who determined to return to Voghera the next cl-AY-Tbursday last. Two officers and the landlord,. Contieri, accompanied ker as far as Caserta, where they left her, the Countess re- fusing their society any further, adding that she had no longer any fear. On the train arriving at Isoletta, the station on the Roman frontier, the body of the un- fortunate woman was found extended on the floor of the carriage, a revolver at her feet, a pistol-shot in her head, and her hands covered with blood and cut as if by glass. More than this is not known at present. Some assert they saw Negri get into a third-class carriage, dressed as a civilian, in the same train by which the Countess left, and that his cap was found near her. If so, he is suspected of having walked along the foot board to her carriage, and of having shot her through the win- dow,^ Of him nothing has yet been heard. This horrible tragedy, which I report almost in the same jvords that it is described in all the journals of Naples, has created here an immense sensation in all its de- tails it is most revolting, and might furnish another Mrs. Rtdcliffe with materials for a sensational romance. A highly-respectable journal, in de- fending Negri against the imputation of theft, also says there wan be no ground for the cu,picit)n in the simple fact of his having loved a woman so desperately as to murder her. "He was not a mauvais suiet. He was well-born, rich, honest, and only vain." In another^ passage he is described as unfortunate." Thus it is (continues The Times' cor- respondent) the crime is condoned, and that a sympathy with it generates that prevalent sentimental feeling against capital punishment. Wonderful to relate, however, Neapolitan juries have within the las two months brought in verdicts in three cases without attenvanti civr.ostanu." Justice still hesitates; there are the Court of Appeal and the Royal mercy to be ] invoked. The probabilities are that the sentences of three heinous murderers will be commuted. (

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