The Ashburton Guardian. Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit. TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 1888. QUEEN NATHALIE'S TROUBLES.
The recent cable news that the Archbishop of Servia has yielded to the pressure of King Milan and declared the annulment of the marriage bonds as between that potentate and Queen Nathalie, and of the divorced Queen's indignant protest that such annulment is contrary both to canonical and civil law, has aroused considerable interest and not a little sympathy for the royal lady. The plea put forth by his Majesty was " irreconcilable mutual antipathy," a state of things which appears to have had its origin m political differences, though there are not wanting suggestions of the very vulgar desire on the King'B part to have the spending of the Queen's money — for she seems to have ! a large fortune of her own — to which it appears she was unwilling to yield. An English paper says that '• Queen Nathalie's private fortune is variously estimated at from 1,500,000 to 3,000,000 roubles, not reckoning her estates m Bessarabia. H*r funds, it appears, are deposited with a banking house of Vienna, and the Queen is described as a very careful financial manager, who, on her visits to the Austrian capital, takes gcod care to enquire into the state of her affairs. The marital troubles of King Milan and Queen Nathalie have often been represented as due m a great measure to Milan's endeavors to encroach upon his wife's private fortune. It seems, however, that she has managed to retain it all m her own hands," The political differences between the royal couple are' notorious, the King having sympathies with Austria, and the Queen with Russia, being herself the daughter of a Russian officer. Indeed, she is accused of carrying things so far as to have intrigued with Russian emissaries against her husband's throne, and on the intrigue being discovered Queen Nathalie fled the country taking her Bon, the heir-apparent, with her. The latter has been forcibly taken from her custody and brought back to his father's realm, and now the King has sought and obtained the annulment of his marriage with the Queen. The latter is described as a young and beautiful woman, and is certainly an unhappy one, for whom, notwithstanding her political delinquencies, there will be much sympathy. For while under the circumstances if; seems only right and natural that King Milan should demand the custody of his son and heir, he has been altogether too precipitate m demanding a divorce. No mere political offence alone could justify the dissolution of the marriage bond, and the yielding of Metropolitan of Servia to kingly pressure, m a matter m which he should have stood firm as the head of tfro Church, is one of the most disgraceful episodes of modern ecclesiastical history.