AUSTRIA: Pearly Passion

Viennese tongues clacked because Baroness Alice Konrad von Konradsheim was sentenced to six months' imprisonment at Grätz, Czecho-Slovakia, for having broken strings of pearls worn by the two plaintiffs and having stolen a considerable number of the pearls while they were being picked up.

A plea of kleptomania was entered by the defense and medical evidence also was introduced to show that the Baroness had an uncontrollable passion for pearls; but despite the fact that she owned a large palace in Grätz and many houses in Vienna, she was found guilty.

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