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■ ■■ ♦ A correspondent of tbe Melbourne " Argus " writing from London saya :— "'lt li just five and twenty yean ago since Bliss Nlobet-Hamllton barat npon the world as a ooloml heiress. The fortane-hnnteta were around her m an instant, and their number, their effrontery, and their obvlooa sordldneso had the i usual effeot — especially when oonpled with Ibe coaßolousness of a certain homeliness of penon — m rendering her for the tlms averse from the idea of matrimony. If only one man had oome forward, she might have believed that he had foond something In her to exolto genuine an ■elfish love ; bat she could not belief that the whole tiro million adult males m London were (an seemed to be the case) Btnltt<m simultaneously with her occult charms. Among those who cimo m the throng was the youngbandsome, and dashing Austrian officer, Prince Teck. He had, Indeed, journeyed specially to England for tbe purpose of paying her his addresiei. She admired his person, was straolc by his gay Impulsiveness, and, being herself m the pink of religiosity and innocence, liked him none the lets for a vague impression that he had not beensltogether relieved from dome of tbe proverbial foiling* whloh dtafignre the career ef a hrndsome oavalry officer. His attentions were do looret m moiety. They soon reaohed the ears of tbe Queen herself, who thereupon wrote him a letter highly commending his reported purpose, and encouraging him to carry through his undertaking m spite of any temporary misgiving. .Her advice was framed on the linos ef that given by tbe attorney to the barrister, m recounted In the Judge's song m Gilbert and Sullivan's ' Trial by Jury.' Unfortunately the Qaeen's letter was la English, and at that time Prlnoe Teok's ignorance of English was even more dense that it la at present. It reaohed him when he was at Bell House staying on a visit to the object of 'his attentions. Thinking to make conversation, and anxious to show his Intended how well he stood m Royal graces, he asked her to translate It to him. Peroelviug its drift, she endeavored to excuse herself, but m vain ; and then, being pressed, she did translate it to him, slowly and word for word, handing it book to him when finished, and quitting the. room with quiet dignity. The Prlnoe did not wait for a hint that his presence m the honse was no longer agreeable, but was picked and off Id an hour. Bushing to Marlborough House, he explained to tbe Prlnoe how his Royal mother had unknowingly wreoked his hopes, aud begged despairingly that compensation m &ome shape might be made to him. As it happened, an opportunity existed of doing this. 11 At that moment the Princess Mary of Cambridge was giving some anxiety to her family. Striking In appearance, almost beautiful— wholly beautiful, indeed, as to the eyes and the expression of her faoe — fall of light and character, she was beginning to oomplaln loudly that no efforts were being made to find bar a helpmate m life. She was told that it was not convenient at the moment. Oould not she wait ? The supply of protestant I prlnoes was at that time short even for the wants of her Royal ooaslns, No ; she did not mean to wait,* If a royal or ■amiroyal sponsa were not chosen for her she would choose a spouse for herself among the subjects of the realm. Indeed, m a way the had made her ohoioe already— the objsjot of her admiration being one of the lords about the Court, who was believed to return her affeotlon with Interest. Marry she would, and would — or rather she would, and Hood, for snob was the nssae of the lord whom she honored with her regard. Nowadays she would baye been told that sho was weloome to do as she pleased m the matter ; but at that time the Lome experiment had not been even thought of, and the proupeot of a marriage of a prlnoesa with a suhjeot was a thought from whloh the whole Royal Family recoiled m horror. Anything wai better than avoh , a catastrophe as she threatened to bring about. At this orisit the young Prlnoe Teok, clamoring fot i settlement In life, was hailed as a dlreoi gift from Providence. An lotrodaotioc was effeotsd between the pair. He wai la no way loth to a union ; and she, also, after a little jibbing, consented, falling, In faot, very mnohln love with him befort the marriage oame oft Tbe money parl of the matter, too, was satisfactory adjusted by a grant of an annuity to th< Prlooess from Parliament, for In thost days Mr Labouohere was not bori (politically), and royal grants were pigiec In the Home almost tub tiltnlyt on th< aisaranoa of the responsible Minister tha tbe National faith wM pledged to tbtll niovlllon,"

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2012, 13 December 1888

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HOW A ROYAL MARRIAGE GAME ABOUT Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2012, 13 December 1888