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court, and four or five letters from Mr. Egan which were also read in court. I destroyed these letters after using them. Some of the signatures I traced in this manner and some I wrote. I then wrote to Houston, telling him to come to Paris for the documents. I told him that they had been placed in a black bag with some old accounts, scraps of paper, and old newspapers. On his arrival I produced to him the letters, accounts, and scraps of paper. After a very brief inspection ho handed me a cheque on Cook for 500Z., the price that I told him I had agreed to pay for them. At the same time he gave me 105L in bank-notes as my own commission.'
In the face of this confession the i Times' of course withdrew the facsimile letter,1 and the Commission found that it wan * a forgery/ The last sccno in thin squalid drama was enacted on March 5. A warrant had been issued for Pigott's arrest on the charge of perjury. The police tracked him to an hotel in Madrid. * Wait/ ho said to the officers who showed him the warrant, ' until I go to my room for some tilings I want/ The officers waited. The report of a pistol was heard, there was a rush to Pigott'a room, and the wretched man was found on the floor with a bullet through his brain. He had died by his own hand.1 So ended the elaborate plot to destroy the Irish leader.
Some idea of the effect produced by the Pigott incident may be gathered from the following extracts from the diary of the lato Mrs. Sydney Buxton, which 1 am permitted to publish:
1 All loiters were withdrawn.
Dr. Magnire, who had been summoned to give evidence for the
, diad suddenly in London. 0! lili 0wn