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STBANGE AND WONDERFUL. I

NEW YEAR HONOURS, j

GOLD -IN MADAGASCAR. I

ENGLISH " VISITOR - SWINDLERS.'-

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ENGLISH VISITOR SWINDLERS. A decade ago an English cheque was accepted as readily as English gold in Switzerland. Tbesa J times have changed. Swindlers and sharpers of every nationality have so often victimised Swiss hotel-keepers and business houses that it is now nearly impossible for a stranger to cash a cheque j without vexatious delays. j The visifcor-s windier is well aware," said a j hotel proprietor, that we will not prosecute him for a small sum, as it gives a hotel a bad name to be mentioned in a law court in these cireum- I stances and if we detain luggage a scene results j in the hotel, and we are the greater losers. Of course, wo flan always hand the delinquent over I to the police, but in nine cases out of ten he will, I when in extremis, scrape the money together to j settle the bill, and then a paragraph finds its way j into the papers. j "Again, we must be careful not to offend. Last summer I lost the patronage of a wealthy American by asking him to stay a day longer, as I wished to verify his cheque, which was drawn on a London bank for a large amount." Another hotel-keeper said This season I have had three worthless cheques—one on Paris and two on London—returned to me marked 'No funds/ After much trouble and expense I dis- covered the addresses of these persons, and sent I them rather strong letters. One replied that he had no money, and the others stated there was some mistake.' This happened four months ago, { and my bills are still unpaid." I

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DRESS OF THE DAY. I

HUMOUR OF i HE WEEK.

-OUR LONDON LETTER. I

COUNTRY NOTES. .

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