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WENT T ) THE "Sll.-klltiS.'

PLAGUE AND INFECTED RATS.

-__---FINES BY INSTALMENTS.

CHARGE OF OBTAINING CRFDITI,-..

-_-NURSE IMPRISONED FOR FRAUD.…

"WORLD WALKER" SENTENCED.

KENT REEKS MYSTERY,

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TAXr-CABS AS TRAPS.

SOLICITORS STRUCK OFF.

"TIMES" AND UNION LABOUR.

THE ULSTER CRISIS.

KING'S GRAVE CONFERENCES.

AN ARMY PROTEST.

MINISTERS AND THE ARMY.

GENERAL GOUGH'S RETURN.

STATEMENT BY THE PREMIER

GOVERNMENT'S GRAVE POSITION.

THE OPPOSING FORCES.

ULSTER'S ORGANISED FORCE.

MR. LLOYD GEORGE'S SPEECH

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BLACKMAILING.

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BLACKMAILING. SAID TO BE RIFE IN LONDON. The painful concern of Ma-dame Caillaux for an old letter, which resulted in the tragedy in Paris, is well understood by thousands of men and women in good positions in London who have been victimised through old corre- spondence. says the Standard. Blackmail based upon unfortunate letters is rampant in London at the present time., and more so than ever before. This is the experi- ence of an inquiry agent who specialises in such cases. Often' apparently worthless love- letters are really worth sums amounting to a considerable proportion of the incomes of the authors if they get into the hands of the black- mailers, and 'they are ti ed without scruple until the writers have been drained of all the money they possess or can raise. There are various ways," added the agent, "in wlr'eh the blackmailers obtain such letters. One is to purchase them for a small sum from servants, though the jr.o-st common practice is to make use of women :n menial or unfortunate positions who attractive features for the purpose. A de- partmental head who never makes mistake- :n business is often found to be susceptibl < to the charms of a pretty girl in a re-v-hon. Should he invite her to spend the often n-n up the river with him she suggests thai he should send her a note fixing thrt date "nd time. That is sufficient for her blackmailing friend, who immediately begins to work. "Having ascertained that the proposed vic- tim is married, has a rising family, and a circle of comfortably situaW friends, he makes a call at the office, obtains an inter- view. and reveals his hand. The prospect of a subsequent- visit from the girl, who may begin j" scream when in the waiting-room, or of his letter being sent to his wife, is often s;,f" -icnt Jo extract a heavy sum of hush- money. But the sum, however large, never satisfies. As long as the victim has money so long the blackmail continues. Of course, by placing the blackmailer in the reach of the law the victim could escape, but then only by the revelation of that which he has every wish to conceal. The other way is through a private inquiry agent, who has his own of silencing the blackmailer, who usually is well known to him."

"KLNG'S SEIiGKANT" RETIRES.

HALVING A DOCTOR'S DOS"

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