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Miss Braddon, the novelist.

--Miss Braddon, the popular author of "Lady Audley's Secret," "Aurora Floyd," and other sensation stories, was an actress at the Hull (England) Theatre, a few years ago, and played under the name of Miss Seyton:

"Being clever with her pen, she was employed by the management in a literary capacity. She wrote introductions to the pantomimes, and several odes, delivered on certain public occasions. This brought her into notice, and, while she was making a visit at Beverly Park, she published some poems, which induced a Mr. Empson, a publisher at Beverly, to enter into an agreement with her to write a novel. The name of this first effort of her pen, as a novelist, had the startling title of 'Three Times Dead, or the Secret of the Heath.' But the venture, it seems, was not a good one, for we now find Mr. Empson applying to the Hull Bankruptcy Court to be discharged, as a bankrupt, his debts amounting to nearly £300. In the course of his examination it came out that 'Three Times Dead,' was the proximate cause of the poor man's ruin. Above £200 was expended in getting it out, and it did not sell. (We suppose it would, now.) Mr. Empson said he knew he had no claims on Miss Braddon, though the Court intimated that, as she had made so much money since, she could afford to assist the man who had become a bankrupt by giving her her first start in the literary world. Mr. Empson gave as the cause of the failure of 'Three Times Dead, ' the fact that London publishers always crush provincial adventurers in the publishing way.

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