SUICIDE AT VERDUN.
During the great French War, among other means resorted to in
order to ease the English prisoners at Verdun of their loose
cash, a gaming table was set up for their sole accommodation,
and, as usual, led to scenes of great depravity and horror. For
instance, a young man was enticed into this sink of iniquity,
when he was tempted to throw on the table a five-franc piece; he
won, and repeated the experiment several times successfully,
until luck turned against him, and he lost everything he had.
The manager immediately offered a rouleau of a thousand francs,
which, in the heat of play, he thoughtlessly accepted, and also
lost. He then drew a bill on his agent, which his captain (he
was an officer in the English army) endorsed. The proceeds of
this went the way of the rouleau. He drew two more bills, and
lost again. The next morning he was found dead in his bed, with
his limbs much distorted and his fingers dug into his sides. On
his table was found an empty laudanum bottle, and some scraps of
paper on which he had been practising the signature of Captain
B----. On inquiry it was found that he had forged that officer's
name to the two last bills.