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illustrated.1912 Excerpt: ... i CHAPTER XXXI LEON LAROCHE PR some
weeks Leon Laroche's life had hung in the balance; he had now
recovered from his fever, and had been back in his cell two days. A
great change had come over him. The fear that he had shown up to
the present had left him; he was quite calm, and expressed a. wish
to see his lawyer as soon as possible. Maitre Bretonnet had tried
several times to gain his client's confidence, but without success;
Laroche had obstinately refused to talk, so the young advocate was
much surprised when he learned that the prisoner wished to speak to
him. This was Maitre Bretonnet's first criminal case, and that for
a beginner is a matter of great importance. The success of his
entire career can depend upon it. He found Laroche seated on his
bed, reading; moral and physical suffering had left their mark on
his face; he was painfully thin, and looked much older. But his
eyes had a look of energy and resolution now that would have
surprised those who had known him before his imprisonment. "I am
glad that you are going to speak to me freely at last," said his
advocate. "I believe in your innocence, and that is a great
strength for a defense." "I shall be obliged to tell you the whole
story of my life," said Laroche. "It is better. I am listening."
"My name is Leon Laroche," he began; "it was bestowed upon me by
chance, for I was not recognized by my father or mother. My birth
certificate bore the statement, 'Father and mother unknown.' "One
winter morning in 188--a milkwoman was carrying her cans to the
town, when she knocked against a parcel that had been thrown on the
railway banks near the station of Laroche. The good woman at first
thought that it was some rubbish that a passenger had thrown from
the train--empty bottles and the remains of their ...
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