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"ACCIDENT" FOR MOVIES.

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"ACCIDENT" FOR MOVIES.

The New York Times
April 26, 1914


Man "Run Over" by Auto to Instruct Paris Police.

Special Cable to The New York Times.

PARIS, April 25.—The patrons of sidewalk cafés, on the Isle St. Louis in the Seine back of Notre Dame, were thrilled this week by a sensational automobile accident.

A man, deeply intent on a newspaper, left the shelter of the metropolitan station, plunged unheeding into the traffic medley and was immediately overwhelmed by an enormous automobile.

A policeman arrived on the run and a crowd collected uttering furious threats at the driver of the automobile who smiled cynically.  The crowd was becoming more enraged and everything seemed ripe for a small riot when suddenly a gamin cried:

"Look at the cinema!"

Every one then perceived that the accident was only a fake.

An American visitor was surprised that a cinema should be thus allowed to interrupt traffic, but he learned that this was the latest device of the energetic police chief, M. Hennion, for the guidance and instruction of policemen, for whom the film had been specially taken.



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