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    Description of views on reel.

    Route of arrival with road sign.

    View of model farm

    Different views of castle

    Various views of village with street names recalling the titles of Josephine Baker's songs.

    Arrival at the castle of two 'gendarmes' carrying the summons for Mrs. Josephine Baker to be present at the tribunal of Bergerac at 2:00 p.m.

    Various views of the tribunal of Bergerac where the sale was to take place.

    We have not been authorise to film children and, consequently, the interior of the castle. At 2.00 p.m. Josephine Baker was not present at the tribunal but was represented by Mr. MERY, her lawyer. Because of this you will see only the tribunal buildings on the film. At 3.00 p.m. the argument before the tribunal reached its climax. One could already feel the 'MILANDES' were lost to Josephine Baker. In spite of Mr. MERY's intervention, the president of tribunal seemed worried. The tribunal retired for deliberation at 4.15 p.m. and the judgement was announced only 45 minutes later. The request for a postponement of the hearings until April 5th was rejected, and the immediate sale of the castle was ordered. Three buyers represented by their respective lawyers were competing amongst themselves to obtain one of the 21 lots for sale. The castle was put on sale at 120,000 FR., and was awarded, at 270,000 FR., to two buyers who had come especially from the Cote d'Azur and whose names were not made public. Among the main lots, the hotel was awarded at 175,000 FR. and the amusement park at 180,000 FR.

    J. Baker did not receive us. She had felt for the last ten days that her idea to gather at the 'MILANDES' children from all countries was irremediably doomed,. and we would have met a broken-down woman. One must note that the biding still goes on for ten days.


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