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NEW USE FOR SNAKES. 0 STRANGE AFFAIR AT PARTS. The amazing adventure of Paul Sermillet at the torase of Eleooara Stilza,, a beautiful snake-! oharmer, is the topic that is convulsing the Paris cafes with laughter. Mile. Stilza appears occa- sionally at the music-halls, and exhibits the fascination she exercises over a ooa constrictor, a few vipers, and another reptile or two. On one of these occasions she fascinated Paul Sermillet also, and on Saturday he called on the fair charmer of snakes at her establish- ment in the Boulevard Garibaldi. He happened to have a roll of banknotes in his pocket. Those bulged, and somewhat disturbed the contour of his well-cut coat, so he placed the pocket-book on the table. When he looked in the other direction, Mile. Stilza placed her angriest viper beside the pocket-book, and hinted that Mon- sieur would do her a favour by leaving. Paul refused; and four more vipers were re- leased from a box and began to wriggle about the floor very near his legs. He was asked if he wished to see any more of the species, and his silence being taken as a polite affirmative, an enormous boa constrictor was allowed to exhibit its head from the interior of the ottoman on which Paul had been Bitting. "Would Monsieur now like to leave his pocket-book, or would he prefer to see all the boa constrictor ? He saw 5ft. of serpent rise out of the ottoman, and then he fled, hatless, coat- less, and without his notes, over which the viper had been keeping careful watch. The police were sympathetic, and offered to beard the boa in his den. Paul waited outside. The police were admitted. Mile. Stilza greeted them, with one snake coiled round her neck and half a dozen others clinging affectionately to different parts of her body. The brave policemen thought of their devoted wives alone in Neuilly, and they left hurriedly. They went back, however, on Sunday morning, at a time when they con- sidered Mile. Stilza's pets were asleep. They arrested the charmer, who must now explain her treatment of the unfortunate Paul

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