FRANCE: Lazare Day

As the 18th Century French republicans celebrated July 14, the day the destruction of the Bastille commenced, so last week in all the little hotels of Montmartre the loose ladies of Paris celebrated the destruction of another prison almost as old: St. Lazare, handed over to the wreckers Aug. 9. For 141 years the vermin-ridden prison on the Rue du Faubourg St. Denis, built on the site of the still more ancient leprosery of St. Lazare, has held France's women prisoners, specially harlots. One of St. Lazare's first notable prisoners was Charlotte...

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