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OUK LONDON CORRESPONDENT.

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WILL CORDITE BE DISUSED ?

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FRENCH SUPERSTITION.

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FRENCH SUPERSTITION. EXTRAORDINARY FRAUDS. The Paris correspondent of the Morning Posf re- ports an extraordinary story of frsiuH. M. Cuvillier, Commissary of Police at Charenton, has arrested a gang of pretended sorcerers, who in less than a twelvemonth have relieved credulous inhabitants of his district of ove 100,000f. The chief of the gang, Jean Sorino, known as the brass man," was first arrested, and it was on his confessions thnt M. Cuvillier was able to raid the sorcerers' headquarters. They were situated in a small detached house, fitted up as a witches' den. Besides the phantaqmagoricai decorations incumbent on such a locality, the floors and walls contained trap-doors and other devices of stage trickery likely to appeal to the imagination of believers in occult sciences. Sonj^os wife used to officiate as chief witch in these interesting surround- ings. Correspondence seized during the police raid.re- vealed the methods whereby the victims were despoiled. For instance, a Madame de Maignen, widow of an officer of high rank, who was suffering from an incurable malady, applied to Madame Sorino and in the course of a few sensational seances parted with 10,000f. When Madame de Maignen came to follow the. treatment that was to cure her, "Hébé" (Madame Sorino), after an impressive re- ception, set her in a comfortable armchair facing a brightly-decorated scene. Very soon two dazzliugiy- attired young women, Rosa and Paule appeared. In- troduced as angels, they promised Madame de Maignen relief on earth and eternal life in Heaven. After these predictions they vanished. Then Hébé" gave her patient opium pills that reduced her to a somnolent condition. As soon, however, as her eyes closed she was awakened with a start by a tremendous clanging of metal and electric detona- tions, and, looking up, saw in place of the angels the celestial physician who was to cure her of all her ills. The part of the apparition was efficiently played by M. Jean Sorino, clad in a gorgeous suit of shining brass armour surmounted by a magnificently plumed helmet. "Young and beautiful person," he would say, thou shalt be healed. But some of your fellow-creatures who are poor suffer as you do. It is written that thou shalt contribute to relieve their woes. Give lOOOfr. to the lovely Hébé und thou shalt be healed." Madame de Maignen used to pay, and she was then given a third opium pill, which sent her to sleep. When she awoke the foolish woman believed she bad been in Heaven, and was thus led to part with 10,000fr. There are other victims, whose names are withheld owing to their social position, who should have known better than to be duped by such a vulgar fraud. Meanwhile, the Brass Man, Hebe, Rosa, and Paule are all in goal, and the police are unearthing further accomplices. The sorcerers, it has been dis- (covered, had branches in Paris, where similar swindles were perpetrated, and it is stated that the victims are not only choice in quality but are also considerable in number.

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A SERGEANT'S EXPERIENCES.1

A PLUCKY CHAPLAIN.

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ROYAL ACADEMY STUDENTS.

"ELIJAH" AT WINDSOR.

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THE WARWICK HOSTEL.

THE BOERS AND KHAKI.

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A NEGRO BURNED ALIVE.

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