FRANCE: Swindle in the Dark

To many a Parisian, the romantic arrangements of Auguste Chaussumier, salesman of pinball machines, must have seemed ideal and idyllic. Little Auguste had a lovely mistress, and the mistress had a husband who was safely employed some 3,000 miles away from Paris, in the Cameroons. Even Lucienne, the light of Auguste's love, thought the arrangement was pretty sound. But Salesman Auguste was as conventional as he was devoted: he wanted only to marry his mistress.

One day Auguste chanced to meet a sad-eyed seer who called himself Professor Pedro—"Expert in Things Occult." The professor listened sympathetically to Auguste's tale of...

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