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The guards finally gave up hope,
and set for Lacombe's lawyer. The
Paris papers were getting out extra
editions every few minutes' telling of
Lacombe's escape and defiance of the
The lawyer arrived. He1 climbed up
near Lacombe. He pleaded with him
to come down.!
"it is now fifteen minutes of-elev-
en," said Lacombe. "At 11:30 I shall
come down-r-ori my neck."
For three quarters of -an hour, La
combe and bis lawyer, perched -on
the roof, talked, while hundreds of
men and women and children looked'
Lacombe the' Terrible, with his
three guards. His clothes were1
taken.from.hjm so hp could not com
mit suicide' with them.
on, and all .Paris thrilled with the ex-,
citement'-of the terrible Lacombe's'
At last' the" hands of the prison .
clock pointed to 11:30.- The big pris
on bell tolled once. Lacombe stood
erect on his roof! '
"Ladies and1 gentlemen," he said,
with a bow, "goodbye." j
Then he hurled himself into the air f
iike a diver,4 to land a crumpled, r