Foreign News: Widow Widowed

France's guillotine is called "The Widow." France's executioner is known as "Monsieur de Paris"—because there is only one executioner and he lives in Paris, where the tool of his trade is kept. Last month M. de Paris (Anatole Deibler) set up his guillotine outside the gates of the Prison de la Sante in Paris and chopped off the head of George Gauchet, 25, first aristocrat executed since the Revolution (TIME, Jan. 4). Friends thought M. de Paris looked unusually solemn after that. Last week they knew why. He resigned, leaving The Widow a widow. But The Widow soon had another spouse....

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