We continue with Janet Flanner's articles on Paris life in 1928.
Jacques Hennessy (1829-1928)
"Jacques Hennessy, chief of the family noted for its fine champagne with its constellation of three stars, has disappeared from his vast circle of friends. For eighty-nine years he inhabited Paris as a bachelor and bon viveur. He died as he lived, in the best of health. His heart, which he boasted had never failed
"We grieve to announce the passing of the old Flea Market. This superb rubbish-vending agglomeration was founded in the thirteenth century when Paris was the pride of Christendom, and six hundred years later is abolished in an atheistic century for infringing on the Sabbath selling laws. Among the various city-gate weekly rag marts, the Kremlin-Bicetre at the Porte d’Italie, the Montreuil at the Port de Vincennes, the Fleas at Clignancourt will remain in memory as the most famous and satisfying. Among its fields of black mud was always to be found the choicest rubbish – the better cracked-ivory miniatures, the dainties slightly broken Venetian glass pitchers, the smartest almost new single riding boots (usually lefts). …"
"The failure of Irfé, Prince Yussupoff’s London dress shop, has added another lamentable item to the Parisian history of this extraordinary young Russian, who admits responsibility for the murder of Rasputin. Proprietor years, it was said, of the Maisonette Russe, an expensive singing restaurant in the Rue du Mont-Thabor, where he and his wife were familiar figures – he slim and elegant in dinner jacket, she lovely and sad, wearing at last the famous Yussupoff pearls which her husband in bachelor days used as his own decoration – he was always much in the public eye. His book – written in French, published here a few years ago – in which he detailed step by step how the murder was committed, describing even the final kicks, blood, and blows passing between his royal feet and the drugged body of the peasant priest, caused an angry rift in the Russian Royalist party centred here, and the Grand Duke, his patriotic accomplice in arranging the plot, ceased communication with the Prince for his authorship.