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A recently published book. l Am bam Labea^ Kaiser Wjlhelm.Vb* Hofrath Sohnelder, acd with additions by the late Emperor himself, contain* muoh Informs"on f« Interej* with; regard to - the Imperial, family of Germany, and the following incident about the Hohenzollero ring is taken from It, One- moraine during the winter of 1863 Hew Schneider, who than osed to read to theK(ng«mefc one of the Court offiolals In the antechamber who was carrying an oblong sealed parcel.. On It was written, m the hand of Frederiok Wilhelra IV, the following fmotiption : • I have opined, this parcel In the presence of my slater Luise of the Netherlands, examined Its contents, and again sealed it with my Royal teal, and given ib to Prfnoe Wittgenstein to keep. ' A few days later Herr Sohnetder accidentally oame upon * boo In the oolleotlon of manuscripts m the ?£ y ?i libmy wlth tbo oarloaa title Goldmaeherei der altern Korfoxsken nnd andere Saperßtltios*, 1 In which it w.a stated that King Frederick 11. at hie aooesalon alto discovered a small box with a rlog, In which was set a black atone, and a note from JKJdb Frederiok I. to the following effect : Thla ring has bean given to me by my blersed father on hli deathbed, with the explanation that as long at tola ring remains la the possession of the Hoose of Bradehborg, this House shall not only continue hot It shall also increase and become great.' Another memorandum, whloh evidently bears upon this ring, states that, once upon s, time, when a princely lady of the House of Hohewollern was lying In childbed, a gold ring, set m one diamond sal two rabies, was brought to her bedside.. Tbls ring, stated the book, Is still la the possession of the first born of the Hoose,.and it shall continue to be given to the first born. as a keepsake, whloh Is expected to bring with It happiness and prosperity. , Secretary of State to the German Ooort Herr Dohme states that he had .given Prince Wittgenstein several papers -bearing upon this ring, among others soma notes written In' penol). On cine of these King Frederiok Wilhelm Road written that the-cfclef Oestellan Lehmann, »t tha risk of his head, should take good pare of tberlog. Among the papers was, also % historical statement, extending ovar-tarea p<ges, aooordlng to which King Frecferlok II la supposed to have said ' that although he did not believe In snoh things, the ring should be taken care of,'. This statement also contained the report that the ring should, originally have belonged to the Elector Johtn Oloero. It Is also rnmonred that the ring was Identical with the one whloh Countess Ltobtensu took from the finger of the dying Kin* Frederick Wilhelm 11. Therefore, fortnn*

rorsooK tne Hoheosollerna In the year 18C6, when the said Oountess, who wu then the possessor of the ring, was harshly and nn justly treated by Frederick WUbelm 111, and she did not retain to" the Oonrt till the year 1813, when she gave up the tins; on receiving is pension. Herr Schneider mentioned these and other statements about the ring to King Wlihelm, to whfch his Majesty replied, ' All what you have aald aboat th« sealed parcel, whloh I have opened, Is perfeoily correct. It is the onstom within the Royal House that the ring and the 'piper art* taken ont and handed to each new King. It Is also correct what you hare «rfd about the Imorlptlon by my blessed' brother. As far as I remember, it Is an oldfashioned ring with a single dark stone. I cannot extotlp describe Its oolor. Ta any oane, It was not a diamond with two rabies or a blaok stone. Of all the reports, whloh yon have colleoted m yarions manners, nothing Isbontained m the papers Id the parcel, with the exception that tha ring originally belonged to one of my aooesfcora, and Frederick 11., like all his successors, g»ve orders that the ring should be oarefally kept. . The history about the notes written In pencil by my grandfather Is quite new to me. I have only shown the ring and the papers to the Qaeen and the Grown Prince, and I have given orders that it shall be carefully kept hereafter. The papers lathe, ptreel conlafa, however, nothing m support of the belief that there should be Anything wonderfu aboat the ring.

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THE RING OF THE HOUSE OF HOHENZOLLERN., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2032, 9 January 1889

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THE RING OF THE HOUSE OF HOHENZOLLERN. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2032, 9 January 1889