THE ARCHDUKE RUDOLPH
(PEB PRESS iSSOOIATIOW.)
Vienna, February 2.
The official announcement of the death of the Crown Prince states that he had not been m- good health for some time, and was suffering from nervous excitement, the result of a fall from his horse m November last. It is believed that he was temporarily insane, and was addicted to taking morphia. It is said that he, induced bis friends and servants to leave the chateau on various pretences before he committed suicide. The Crown Prince left letters addressed to the Emperor, Empress, and his wife, Princess Stephanie, which were found fa his room on Wednesday morning. From an examination of the room it, appears that Prince Rudolph had placed a toilet glass beside the bed m order that bis aim at the right temple might be more direct. When the Prince of Coburg burst into the room he found lighted candles on both sides of ihe deceased Prince, which had just ignited his clothes. . .....
The London " Times'" sayS scandal has produced discreditable intrigues as a motive for the suicide, and adds that the Prince, before leaving for Meyerling had a violent and painful interview wifh his father the Emperor and his wife Stephanie.
The Archduke Charles has renounced his right to succeed Prince Rudolph m favor of Archduke Ferdinand.'
It is rumored m the city that the Emperor Francis Joseph is likely to abdicate.
It is understood that the Prince will be buried secretly.
Owing to the painful rumors afloat concerning the death of his son, the Emperor Prancis Joseph h^s allowed the details to be made public.
It is repotted that. Prince Rudolph seduced a leading Princess of the Court and the facts being told her brother the latter offered Rudolph the choice of fighting a duel or committing suicide. He chose the latter. Another report says he fought the duel and was shot by his antagonist.
CBeoeived Febraary 4, 11.53 a.m.) Yibnra, Febraary 2.
Another ramor as to the way m which Prince Rudolph met with his death is that an officer m the serrice of the State shot him through the window. It is alleged, that the assassin committed suicide, bat that the fa,ct was kept secret and the corpse bowed privately to allay puipioioa,
Permanent link to this item
Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2054, 4 February 1889
THE ARCHDUKE RUDOLPH Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2054, 4 February 1889
Using This Item
See our copyright guide for information on how you may use this title.