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("Taranaki Herald.")

Owing to the Arohduke Prinoa Rudolph having committed suicide, the affairs of Austria are. likely . to be .some, what disarranged . Some strange fabilities h^ve of late years overtaken the reigning families of Europe. The Prinoe Imperial of France was killed m Zululand. The King of Spain died suddenly at 28, leaving an heir unborn. The King of Bavaria, destroyed himself, leaving no heir but an insane brother. The Crown Prince of. Germany succeeded., to tie throne whilst m the agony of a mortal disease, and died aft»r two months, of tortures. Now, the Prince Imperial, of Austria is dead, leaving no heir. Prince) Rudolph was the only son of the Emperor Frano's Joseph of Austria and the Empress Elizabeth, daughter of Duke Maximilian of Bavaria, who had also two daughters* The Arohduke was born m August, 1858, he was thirty years old when he died. Ho was, we learn, a very fine young man. fair, oorly haired, with a short peaked beard, a striking looking figure, very slender and upright, with rather a haughty bearing, liko all the Austrian Prinoes. He was highly eduoated and accomplished and much given to literature aod art. He waa married la 1881 to the Princess Stephanie, who Is the second daughter of King Leopold 11., of Belgium, and is now about 24 years of age. She has an only ohtld, the Arohduohess El'zibetb, a child of five years of age. The Sallo law U not In foroe In Austria, and therefore women may occupy the throne, but all male succession comes first. The Emperor Francis Joseph has two brothers, Arohduke Charles Loois and Arohduke Louis Vlotor, a famous Austrian general. The latter la unmarried, bub Arohduke Charles has been married three times, and has two families, three sons and three daughters. : His first wife, the mother of bis three tons, was a daughter of the old King John of Saxony. She died lo 1858, and he then married Annunolatj, daughter of FerdlnandJH. ef Naples. She died childless In 1871, and he then married a Portuguese,' a daughter of the Infanta Michael of Portugal. He ia heir presumptive to the Austrian throne. bat onr telegrams state he has renounced his right to succeed Prinoe Rudolph In favor of Aronduko Louis Vlotor. The affair In oonneotlon with the suloide Is a very sad one, but the Prinoe hu for yean been Involved In various toandals eon* neoted with the Oourt, and. consequently .his relations with his father", the Emperor, have of late uot been the moat friendly. All these personal events will tend; to complicate political matters, owing to that unsettled state of Europe at the presbnfc time.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2058, 8 February 1889

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("Taranaki Herald.") Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2058, 8 February 1889