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I ! I devised to one of. the swindlers by an | It Is an amazing story-most nmaz- ! Ing. It is the story of the greatest and j astoundiug fraud of modern ! Story of Biggest Bunko Game Modern Times Swindle Most Amazing What is Justly regarded as the most stupendous swindle of modern times baa just come to light In Paris. The principals iu the swindle have fled aft er having borrowed $10,000,000 on a mythical fortune nlleged to have been American millionaire. most times—a twenty million dollar fraud, a one hundred million franc romance, concocted In the brains of two shrewd women who have, lived for twenty years on the proceeds of the credulity of those who believed It. Those pro ü 'r IV ft fh à a iLi, KHl. HUMBERT KfTERED PARISIAN SO CIETY. ceeds, It Is said today, were at least $10,000,000 of borrowed money, bor rowed on the strength of a mythical fortune locked up In an empty safe. To begin at the beginning of this story of a phantom fortune we must go back twenty years, when a Mr. Henry Robert Crawford died at Nice after a lingering Illness, during which he had been nursed devotedly by a lovely young French lady, Mile. Therese d' Aurignac. In course of time the romantic news crept out that this Sir. Crawford wus very much of a millionaire. The figures 100,000,000 francs slipped euslly off the tongue lu 'mentioning Ills money, and ms most Americans are reputed In France to be very rich- It was easy to believe that he was one of them, though to tell the truth nobody on this ■ldo of the Atlantic had ever heard of Henry Robert Crawford, the million aire. . . When It was found that the grateful man had left his entire estate to the devoted little mademoiselle who nursed him In his Inst Illness, it seemed such a natural thing to do that tho matter was accepted ns of course. Mile. The reso; d' Aurignac was looked upon as a very lucky young woman. Fortune smiled upon her. She married M. Frederick Humbert, ex-deputy for SclnC niul Marne mid son of M. Hum bert, minister of justice ln M. de Frey clnot's cabinet of 1382. She entered Parisian society ns one who had rights both of birth nnd money—particularly money—and when she asked for eredlt, cher story having been published and being public property, it was showered upon her. But now there come upon the scone •new actors. There are a Mr. Henry •Crawford aud n Mr. Robert Crawford, Americans, either of whom was as rich as the deceased Robert Henry Craw ford, and to neither of whom were ten millions or so of any particular object. But they brought with them a last will and testament of the deceased Robert -Henry Crawford, nnd they said that tor the principal of the thing they must demand that Its provisions be carried out. By this will Mine. Humbert received » mere bagatelle of rii annuity of 36. O00 franca. The remainder of the Im mense fortune wus to be divided In three equal portions, one for Mr. Rob ert Crawford, one for Mr. Henry Craw ford and one for Mme. Humbert's little ■later, Mile. Marie d'Aurigtiac. Here was a complication, to be sure! The Crawford* were generous. One of the heirs said he would marry the first heiress and thus keep the money In the family and not bother the courts about the matter. When It was pointed out that Mme. Humbert was married already, he said all right — he would wait till the little sister grew up aud marry her instead. This served to keep matters In statu quo for several years, during which the Humberts borrowed assiduously, and the banks and trust companies and merchants lent with ■ glad heart. Whenever they grew weary of lending or began to talk of reim bursement the legal romance assumed a new phase. At eighteen the young Mile. d'Aurl gnae refused to marry the Crawford heir to whom she was pledged. This raised s terrible hullabaloo. The heirs at once announced very publicly through their counsel that they would now contest the Crawford will. A bat tle wm begun which lasted, as legal battles will when both lawyers and clients are willing, for years. It has not been finished yet. There were de clsions one way and decisions the other way. There were appeals and counter appeals. The cose appeared to have no ending. And throughout these appesls and counter appeals and counter counter appeals no one ever saw Robert or Henry Crawford, the litigants. It Is re membered now that they never made an appearance In court. Everything was ([one through attorneys. And still the money was borrowed. All this time It was universally un derstood that the securities represent lng the Immense fortune of the late Mr. Crawford lay snugly ensconced in a burglar proof safe in the mansion of the Humberts. Ry a mutual agree ment, It was given out, the different parties to the controversy were content to let them remain there until the courts rendered final judgment on the claims. Once a year, so the pretty ro-v mance went, the different parties, with their solicitors, opened the safe and counted the securities and locked them up again when it was found that they were all correct But ofie thing was made manifest to all outsiders inter ested In the Humbert-Crawford mil lions. If Mme. Humbert touched any of those securities, she forfeited all right to their possession. This was nominated in the bond. But now the drama hastens to a tragic end. Mcsstb. Girard & Co. have loaned to Mme. Humbert on her myth ical expectations the sum of 0,200,000 francs. They are her heaviest creditors. They have lent the money at usurious rates, as did all who fell victim to the woman's specious story. She contested the suit for repayment, and M. Girard, the banker, committed suicide In de spair of ever seeing Ills money again. The liquidator then applies to M. Wnl deck-Rousseau as a barrister. The lat ter goes to Roubaix and In his plead ing describes the affair as n monster swindle. He gets n Judgment for the Humberts to repay 2,500,000 francs to the liquidator of the Girard bank, and the tribunal also orders the contents of the famous safe to be taken possession of. The Humberts, however, settle with the creditors, and the safe remains in tact. But how was this arranged? The barrister who was then acting for the Humberts, but Is no longer doing so, one of the most respectable men at the bar, Is said to have advanced the 2,500. 000 francs. This staves off disclosure for a time, but only for a time. The statements made by M. Waldeck-Rousseau have started the worm of suspicion. Other creditors take the alarm. There Is a demand upon the courts, the govern ment to order the opening of the fa mous safe and the disclosure of the millions which are supposed to be hid den In It. Permission Is at last granted. The safe Is to be opened at 1 p. m. on a certain day. At 10 a. m. there are 300 persons before the door. At 1 there are 1,000. The official personages ar rive. They demand entrance. Where are M. and Mme. Humbert? They not at home. They have fled, It Is said, to England or the United States. The safe is forced open. It Is a good safe. It takes the lock smiths five hours to open it. And what are Ü H Vi l w Y/, i % r I -, Êgfifw I : , fit m w//. ■ a I %/ 4 / ï •> <h ft'A ! NOTHING WAS FOUND IN THE SAFE. do they find? Nothing! Nothing worth mentioning—some dusty old papers of no value, a rusty buckle and a few dis carded envelopes. That Is all. When the news reaches the crowd in the street, the people hold their breath with horror and amazement. They re alize then, at least they believe, that they stand In the shadow of the great est, the most gigantic swindle of the age. Now that It Is all over people talking about the colossal stupidity of the losers aud the incredible credulity which enabled them to believe the mance of these shrewd women and to advance vast sums without making more careful Investigation as to the standing of the mythical Crawfords. But greed was ever stupid, and the easiest way In all the world to make money is to touch the pocket nerve of the Intended victim and make him be lieve he is going to get something for DO th lug. are ro a OUR PICTORIAL PUZZLE DEPARTMENT. Can you find the hidden picture? F A W •' / o » «=> c - « 4 * \Uf f. U r £>[ 4j i « t \ rt » i i < V ' fmi If 'll i' in w 1 -j i-i FIND TWO HIDDEN BIRDS. 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