The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on March 28, 1998 · Page 174
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 174

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Saturday, March 28, 1998
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THE PALM BEACH POST SATURDAY, MARCH 28, 1998 S ; 8D History professor: Louis' victim was probably valet the right answer only to find out Kmthpr ae Vnltaire suggested. type of person Kenneth Starr would love to call before a grand 'The only record that suggests the prisoner wore an iron mask is about as credible as a recent sighting of Elvis Presley. ' PAUL SONNINO later I was wrong," Sonnino said. The key, or "smoking gun," as-Sonnino called it, may involve Dauger's unknown employer. If Sonnino can identify the valet's employer, he may be able to trace that man's actions through archival records. With luck, Sonnino hopes his search can verify his suspicions and perhaps solve one of the world's lasting mysteries. Sonnino admitted he may never solve the case, but like all who seek the truth, he sleuths on. "This is an intellectual challenge," Sonnino said. "We are all curious about our pasts. We want to remember things as carefully as possible. It's a common human desire to find things out." IRON MASK Ffpm ID Louis XIV, and, more importantly, thfcy name names. r Sonnino has used the records to track the activities of Louis Xry's inner circle the very people who could know the kind of damaging secret that would send a pej-son to the Bastille. Sonnino has searched for proof of the masked man's identity since 1$9. The quest led to several suspects. Painstaking research haS cleared all but one. J The likely victim of Louis' raje, according to Sonnino and a number of other scholars, was a valet named Estache Dauger. His-topcal records suggest Dauger "Voltaire was a publicity hound," Sonnino said of the famed thinker who was once jailed in the Bastille himself. "He claimed he knew everything and said The Man in the Iron Mask was the king's brother." Dumas, a historical novelist who penned adventures about The Three Musketeers, took the rumor to new heights by conjuring a story about the kind's tormented twin. In truth, according to Sonnino, Dauger was a "flunky," who was punished for blabbing about the secrets of his betters. "He was a ofer," Sonnino said. "Back then, servants did dirty jobs for people. He was the jury, because he knew something that was not just hot air." I The French monarch could have had Dauger killed, but instead ordered him imprisoned. The royal ordera came with elaborate instructions that prevented Dauger from mingling with other prisoners or ever speaking about his past, according to Sonnino. Sonnino said he has uncovered the secret that Dauger took to his unmarked grave. But the coy professor won't discuss the mystery in public until every hole in the theory is closed. "I don't want to be remembered as the last in a long line of crackpots who claimed they had Sonnino said. At best, according to historians, Dauger was made to wear a velvet covering when he was moved to the Bastille in 1698. Why Dauger was singled out for such elaborate punishment is one of the missing links that Sonnino hopes to uncover when he returns to Paris this summer for additional research. According to Sonnino, Dauger was no nobleman, let alone Louis' was captured, and imprisoned in 1669. He remained confined in various jails across Italy and France until his death in 1703 inside the notorious Bastille. Interestingly enough, there are no records at all to suggest the long-suffering prisoner ever wore an iron mask. "The only record that suggests the prisoner wore an iron mask is about as credible as a recent sighting of Elvis Presley," Planning key to travel ith medical problems ( QQGPQ 0 Ml Q (B 0 0 0 ) Bcstsclling Author Nora Roberts Signing HontBpopt SATURDAY MARCH 28 4 P.M. I J " . ' f, 1 - " ' " - - $A- . f WESTWARD SHOPPING CENTER 615-6S17 pack that is sold in most pharmacies. Airline meals may be delayed or inedible, so a person with diabetes should carry snacks, such as crackers, dried fruits, or nuts. Sugar cubes or candy should always be on hand in case of insulin reaction. Air travel decreases the partial pressure of oxygen in the blood and may cause symptoms in travelers with chronic lung disease. Supplemental oxygen is available on most, if not all, United States airlines, but must be ordered in advance. One final note: If you need emergency medical care while traveling, be aware that most foreign medical providers do not accept payment through your insurance company. You will probably have to pay in full and later file a claim with a U.S. insurance company for reimbursement. ' ft- Nora Roberts is making quite an impression on the non-fiction scene. This rising author has already written two immediate bestsellers, Montana Sky and Sanctuary. Both novels received rave reviews nationwide and hit the New York Times bestseller list. And now, Nora Roberts will thrill readers once again with her latest release. Homeport. Don't miss this chance to pick up your autographed copy at Books-A-Million and meet the author behind these intoxicating novels. " John Grisham, watch your back' -Entertainment Weekly WE WROTE THE BOOK ON LOW PRICES lilfllil'J Bj Dr. Mark Sloane Sptcial To The Associated Press People with chronic medical conditions, such as diabetes, chronic lung disease, or heart problems, may wonder whether thpy can travel far from home. The answer is yes, provided they take some common-sense precautions. ;As part of their preflight checklist, travelers with existing midical conditions should consult thgir personal physician regarding any special precautions they may need to take. This includes making sure medical supplies will be sufficient to last the entire trip, plus any unexpected delays. lt also is advisable for the traVeler, particularly one going abroad, to carry information describing, for example, his medical condition, a copy of a recent electrocardiogram (EKG), as well as a list of all medications and dosages being taken. Also, a medical alert identification bracelet or necklace should be worn by any traveler witfi a significant medical condi-tioji. i Most people with heart disease that has stabilized are fully capable ofytravel, but it is usually not recommended for those who have had a recent heart attack, have unstable angina or uncontrolled UUKU!'!tllJI!im -4 SAVE 10 3 i 4 i i i i 1 4 Publisher's Price $23.85 MSLLIQNASRE'S CLUB Price $21.55 --," ; J I i : i $1W mJL Li x ,4 congestive heart failure. j If you are out of shape, be sure tosk your physician for a gradual exercise program that starts wgtks before you leave. A trip abroad usually involves a considerable amount of physical activity. J If you have diabetes, talk to yopr physician about any adjustments in insulin doses and timing that may be necessary, especially if iraveling across several time zofces. Be careful with your insulin since it can deteriorate if either frozen or exposed to temperatures of J 00 degrees or more. 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