I had to go as well, as I had evidence of where he was at the time he was accused of attempting to break into her shed. When we get to court my husband’s stepmother is representing herself. She starts to tell the judge what happened, that a renter had seen a truck that looked like my husband’s. The judge tells her that is hearsay and the eye witness needs to speak on his own behalf. So the renter gets up and starts to tell in excruciating detail what happened.
The fact that the text is partly in German excludes almost totally that the text was written in France or by French people. French was fashionable in intellectual circles throughout Europe, whereas the use of German was almost totally restricted to the German-speaking part of Europe (today’s Germany, parts of the Austrian empire and Switzerland).
It would take very long to prepare the wood, it’s also very labour-intensive, the resulting structure will (as the original) be heavy and a fire hazard. Other cathedrals have received lightweight steel roof structures without anyone complaining so this is probably the way to go, especially if it should be completed within the announced five years.
The possibility that the fire was the result of arson cannot be dismissed. Barely an hour after the flames began to rise above Notre Dame — at a time when no explanation could be provided by anyone — the French authorities rushed to say that the fire was an “accident” and that “arson has been ruled out.” The remarks sounded like all the official statements made by the French government after attacks in France during the last decade.
In 1905, the French parliament passed a law decreeing that all the properties of the Catholic Church in France were confiscated. Churches and cathedrals became the property of the State. Since then, successive governments have spent little money to maintain them. Those churches that have not been vandalized are in poor condition, and most cathedrals are in poor condition, too. Even before the devastating fire, the Archdiocese of Paris stated that “it can’t afford all the repairs” that Notre Dame needed, “estimated at $185 million.”
He says he heard the dog barking late at night and went out to see what was going on. He said there was a red truck, just like my husband’s, and there was a guy in it who looks as though he is trying to break into the shed. He then goes on to explain that he has training in facial recognition from the military and describes what the guy looks like that was in the truck. He then looks directly at my husband, points at him, and said that is not the man I saw. The judge rolls his eyes and says case dismissed! The look on my stepmom face was priceless.