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A PETTICOATED STAFF OFFICER OF GARIBALDI—STRANGE AND STRIKING CAREER—A FORMER COMPANION WHOSE HISTORY READS LIKE ROMANCE.
It is not often that two heroines appear at the same time before the public, yet Helen P. Blavatsky and Clementine Gerebko have entered the legal arena in order to have a slight business misunderstanding settled by Judge Pratt of the Supreme Court, Brooklyn. Both of these ladies possess a romantic and remarkable record.
Helena P. Blavatsky, who is about forty years [of] age,* at the age of seventeen married a Russian nobleman then in his seventy-third year. For many years† they resided together at Odessa, and finally a legal separation‡ was affected. The husband died recently in his ninety-seventh year. The widow is now a resident of the City of New York, and is highly accomplished. She converses and writes fluently in Russian, Polish, Romaic, Low Dutch, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and English. She has translated the works of Darwin and the Treatise of Buckle on Civilization in England into the Russian language. She is thoroughly versed in Darwinian theory, is a firm believer in Wallace’s scientific spiritualism, and is a member of the Order of Rosicrucians.
Her life has been one of many vicissitudes, and the area of her experiences is bounded only by the world. It is said that she visited this country with a party of tourists. On her return to Europe she married†† and in the struggle for liberty fought under the victorious standard of Garibaldi. She won renown for unflinching bravery in many hard-fought battles, and was elevated to a high position on the staff of the great general. She still bears the scars of many wounds she received in the conflict. Twice her horse was shot under her, and
* a fib.
† a lie—was with him but for three weeks.
‡ legal, because he died.
†† whom? when!! how!?
she escaped hasty death only by her coolness and matchless skill.*
Altogether Madame Blavatsky is
AN ASTONISHING WOMAN
* Every word is a lie. Never was on “Garibaldi’s staff.” Went with friends to Mentana to help shooting the Papists and got shot myself. Nobody’s business—least of any a d — d reporter’s.