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18 THE EVENING WORLD, TUESDAY, JANUARY 3, 1922. TfeMafiic Spell r Spy Mafa-Hapi -trie Dancer. Proof of the Prisoner's Guilt. FIRST INSTALMENT. IVfejor Massard, Who Escorted Her to the Shooting Post, Tells the Incidents of the Beauty's Defiance of Her Judges. (, i Trapped With German Funds, ; She Contended to the Last '" That the Remittance Was a Lover's Gift from Von Kroon. By Ferdinand Tuohy. (Lata British Intelligence Corpi.) Certain revelations are perhaps bet ter left unrcvdaled. Tho revelatlone . made by Major Mausard, late French General Staff, and bearing upon tho ' culpability of Mata-Harl, tho Dutch dancer shot by tho French as a spy In 1917, may bo Bald to belong to the above category. They loavo one with an uneasy feel ing that a terrible' error of Justice may Just possibly have been committed. f,Jhey certainly utterly fall short of their set purpose, namely, to convey h to us that, four years after, a French . author has no right to stago a play la '4 Paris baaed ou tho tragedy of Mata w.Marl and painting her as n ncar Sllieroine ploadlng for morcy from stern T officers of a court martial. ; The play In question, "La Danseuso Jtouge," and to which all l"urla Is K flocking. If only to see the great act 'lnjf of Mile. Cora Lapareerlc, Is prou 'ftbly a fairly truo picture of Mata ' Karl's fight for life. Wo sco again the seductive prisoner admitting great olrillty but denying slio ovor splod, we , ees her aged lawyer hopelessly In lovo J With his client and in floods of tcan !j,t the verdict and wo ecu a 3 "woman's astounding courago at thu "tiolnt of death. And wo proceed to I sympathise with Her, torgoiung sne '.may havo eent thousands of pollua to their dcatns las 11 js ciaimou juam Jllarl did), but Just bearing in mind that sho is a womnn, in uiro micsa fend wholly seductive. The notion of transforming nor mio mm, uuim fclesli is repollant. I Tho sympathy thus shown (ana of mil people, by certain of tho critics) decided Major MasBard. who led (Mata-IIarl to the shooting post, to ylao up an dbrand tho latter as a vllo .creature undeserving ofJany human compassion. Tne uowwnp; "om .ready doing' enough etaema and ura nic nrnnmranda r6ftld Mata-Harl lwjth a vlow to besmirching the fair name or mincoi 11 omy ibjuhw French actress, to put Mata on the easue pedestal as Nurse Cavolll 'An nd to all this humbug and misplaced eatlmentl So Major Massard girded IDU DIB IJUU. A vui.vui.v... k,mm ivHiLn .'Bflvprni Rtiindard books bn tho hidden sldo of tho war, thoro can bo no douot out tnai tne junjor Jinows what ne is writing of. -Ono wlshea' Major aiassara nau itever set out to prove Mata-Harl K-nlltv of a terriblo crimo against tho Allies unless- ho told us all. Allow ing for tno raci iirni uu umjr been able to relato all of tho informa tion Which fell Into French hands and which went to provo the culpability faf Mata-Harl in tho eyes of her Judges, Major Massaru nimseu lays Btress on "tho decisive' proof namo ly.r upon that part of tho evidence Which, wo must presume, caused tho woman's Judges to bontonco tho prisoner to death. And what is this proof? . .The "decisive proof" of Mata-IIarl's frultt, wo are assured, reposed In the tact that she went to tho Dutch Lo onttnn In Parin and as "C. A. 32" drew n. sum of 15,000 franca which had been forwarded tncro dy me m the. German Intelligence In Amsterdam. i . Mata-Harl had Just como from TStadrtd. where she Had liad relations , with tho local German Intelligence Officer, von Kroon. and It had been 'at the lattcra request, cabled to -.Amsterdam, that the money bad been Worthoomlnir to Mata-Harl In Paris. h r Mata-Harl had previously refused to I accept jewelry irom von nropn in payment for her services, Which lat ter, aho insisted, wero concerned with Venus and not at all with Mara. But perhaps If we proceed to Major Mas sard's own narrative the reader, will ,toe best able to Judge this for her and ntmseu. Biographical: Marguerite Zelle, alias Mata-Harl, was born In 18T6 In Java, of a natlvo motlir and a Dutch father. Stories of licr having been imt t nautch dancing In a temple ' ' ' ' RUGS Inlald Linoleum Color Uuu la teck. Uoam kofUu. 88c Seamless Bmssels till kirtf earli But. $8.75 9x10.6 Axmlnster IIurMai autrtvWMt CHUN $1895 9x12 Seamless Wlllon Stvulor auillti n'Ulog Velnt. $31.00 27. In. CARPETS v39c 59c 95c yd OIX Brother 253-257 Fiftt Av. Bel.28tb-2StfiSL Up one night jywvsvwwwwvwvy mAwX Anu wAmK may bo discounted. At fourteen she was married to a (Japi. ,mcl.coi, a British officer of tho Indian Army stationed In tho Straits Settlements. At seventeen, having borno him two children, sho suddenly decamped without warning to Holland, 'ind then began what was destined to bo nearly twenty years of touring the European capitals, dancing and sell ing her charms. Indian dancing was her specialty lascivious, libidinous stuff and It was particularly pop ular In Berlin, which becamo her centre of gravity. Mata-Harl devel oped Into a typical dcml-mondalnc of tho "higher" class. Tall, graceful, and ol an Oriental turn of nppearanco which attracted largo numbers of tho moro blase typo of men, Mata-Harl followed various European armies around on manoeu vres. (Major Massard relates that she attended tho manoeuvres in Silesia before thi war under tho protection of the German Crown Prlnco, quite a likely occurrence if we recall that worthy's penchant for dancing nirlw.) just before tno war, .Mutauari, now In tho first flight of cosmopolitan courtesans, took a villa at N'oullty, a Paris aubuib, and hero nho Htaged rlsquo soirees for tho benefit of "magistrates, artists, soldiers and others of the chic world." Such cor ners of high license, not wholly re stricted to Paris, are well known to exist 'to this day, patronized by neu rotto women and slmw girls and men of money and Jaded appetite and Mata-Ha.ro, according to Major Mas sard, apparently left llttlo or nothing to her clients' imagination, for ho says' Galllcly. If not exactly gallant ly. "I'm solnr to show her us nudo as she was when sho danced before our soldiers and politicians." Tho Major, who writes roost wrathfully tnrouffnout. explains, that ho Knows his subject In all Its Intricacies. "As Commandant of tho General Staff , of the Armies of 1'aris I as sisted alone at the two audlonceB of tho court martial which Judged her in tno most rigorous socrccy. I dirt not loso sight of her in prison at St Lazare. and it was I who led her to the shooting post. I can therefore give tno most precise dnians, but I cannot say all, for the moment has not come for me to dlvuigo the i names of certain excellent French men mixed up in tho case." (In pass ing, tho dato of tho Muta-Hari case has fixed theso "excellent French men" definitely and their names are an open secret In Paris to-day.) Major Masxard continues: "Tho boches havo sought to mako of tho adotnlnablc spy a German heroine to oppose Nurse Cavell. They pretend that she was Innocent, that her condemnation was a Judicial er ror in brief .that sho was a murtyr to French olllccrf. And they havo not hesitated to send out propagan dist films to America and eluowhere In support of this contention. It Is sud to see a French author atttcmpt to rehabilitate to-day a prostitute who killed so many of our compa-trlotB." Tho day war was declared Mata was in Berlin. She lunched with the ciilct or police In u fashionable res taurant, after which there were such crowds in tho Htipets that her escort had to take her in his currlago and thus they drove through tho streets of tho capital. This fact was ad mitted by tho spy. "How wero you with tho Prefect of Pollco in Berlin on tho day of tho declaration of war?" asked tho Pres ident of tho court. "I know him at tho music hall whero I was pluylng. In Germany the pollco havo tho right to censor theatrical costumes and they found me too undraped. Tho Prefect came to examlno mo and that was how wo inn do each other's acquaintance." "Oood. You then entered tho eer vlce of the German Chief of Intelli gence, who Intrusted you with a mis Hion in Paris, handed you 80,000 marks, and gavo you tho number C.A. 42." 'That Is so," replied tho dancer. I was given a baptismal naroo In or der that I might correspond with my friend, and 30,000 marks. But these 0,000 marks wero not tho salary of a spy but wero tho prlco of my fa vors, bccmise I was tho mistress of tho Chief of Intelligence." "Wo know that. But ho was vory generous." "Thirty thousand marks, that was ray regular price. My lovers never gavo mo less." "From Berlin you camo to France, passing through Bolglum and Kng land. Wo were at the height of tho wnr. What did you como to do in Franco?" "I wanted to got . my furniture from the villa at Noullly." "Very good. But then you went to tho front, where you stayed seven months on tho pretext that you wero attached to a Hod Crosa unt at VH tel." "That'n so. I desired, In staying nt Vlttcl, to devoto myself to a poor Russian captain, Capt. Mnrow, - who lind gono blind. I wanted to mako amends for my life of debauchery In consecrating myself to a man I hod loved. He was even the only man I over did love." i "Yon, but you went about espe cially with our aviators. You wero very intimate with certain among them and these brave lads had no secret for you on tho pillow. It wa thus that you got to know the placo where we Intended dropping agonta on tho other side of tho linos. You gave prcciso details of theso spots to tho Germans and thus caused a large number of soldiers to ba shot." It is truo that from tho front I corresponded with my friend, who was no longer In Berlin but In Am sterdam. It is not my fault that bs was Olilof of Intelligence." "This reply," observes Major Mas sard, "tho feoblcncHs of which Is nelf-cvidont, liidlrcUvs tho line of de fense the accused had taken up." (To-morroW. tnitalmrnt (liflcrib. Mil.. Hurt In thn dork. 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