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Anger swept across the judge's
"How did he get the poison?"
"I I don't know," stammered
"You had better find out," said
The gendarme seemed to shriv
el up under the cold glare of the
judge, then turned and stumbled
from the courtroom.
The people were edging out of
the doors. The news that Carouy
had killed himself spread like
wildfire through the massed
crowd outside. The mob made for
Inside the courtroom the judge
continued the reading of the sen
tences. Two more bandits were
sentenced to from one to five
years in prison.
And then came the acquittals.
There were only four of them and
three were women.
Rodriguez, Barbe LeClech,
Anne Maitrejean and Marie
Schmoofs were declared accom
plices of the bandits, but were
freed "because of extenuating cir
cumstances." The three freed women broke
down in the courtroom and wept
aloud as they rocked to and fro in
fc their seats.
The evidence at the trial had
shown that they had been asso
ciated with the bandits in hold
ups, robberies and murders, and
that, in many instances, they had
acted as decoys.
As the reading of the sentences
had gone on, the three women of
.the underworld had become
whiter and whiter. Once, Barbe
LeClech had cried aloud. That
was when Gabrielle Dieudonne's
scream had rung through the
courtroom. All three had shown
the tremendous strain they were
The sentencing over, the judge
In front of the prison that
housed the self-slain corpse of the
bandit, Carouy, a crowd compos
ed, of the very dregs of the Paris
quarters surged and shouted.
"Show us the body !" they cried.
"Show us the body of Carouy!"
Inside the prison, the wardens
were moving about with frighten
ed steps and white faces.
The first report was that Ca
rouy had killed himself by taking
cyanide of potassium.
But the judge had demanded
to know how he had obtained the
From outside came the cries of
"Show us the body! Show us
the body of Carouy! Where did
he get the poison ? Who gave it
A meeting of the wardens was
held. The body of Carouy was
carried into the room. The prison
officials and physicians exam
"It was not cyanide of potas
sium," said one physician, at last.
"It was this !"
And the doctor thrust his fin
gers down the dead' bandit's
throat and dragged up a long,
half-chewed strip of woolen un
derwear. "Carouy choked himself to