FRANCE: Grey Rats

With her first load of doomed human freight in two years, the famed French convict ship La Martinière slipped last week out of St. Martin-de-Ré, out of the Bay of Biscay, bound for the three little "Isles of Safety'' off French Guiana in South America, of which the most famed is Devil's Island. Her entire passenger list of 673 was below, locked in great iron cages. Over their heads was a network of pipes ready to pour out killing live steam in case of mutiny. With their blankets cowled over their heads, the more confident "grey rats" were already plotting...

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