Thursday, December 1, 2011

Princess Stephanie loses her jewels

December 1, 1921

Princess Stephanie  of Hohenlohe-Waldenburg-Schillingsfürst  was the victim of a Parisian jewel thief this evening, according to a special cable to the New York Times.  The Princess, who recently arrived from Vienna, went to her bank this morning and took out "half a million francs' worth of jewels," which she planned to wear at a "soirée this evening."   

She put the jewels in her handbag and then went to lunch at the Boulevard restaurant.  After lunch, she went shopping at one of Paris' large department stores.  While she was shopping, "a stranger bumped up against her and shortly afterward she noticed her bag was gone.

The princess lost her jewels and all the contents in the bag including 4,000 French francs and £200.  It is believed that the thief followed Princess Stephanie from the bank, and waited for a "favorable moment to snatch the bag from her."

Unfortunately, Princess Stephanie was unable to give police "any description of the man who bumped against her."

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