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Wb do not remember any tragio event of which there have been bo many various and widely differing accounts as have rapidly succeeded each other m connection with the miserable end of the Austrian Crown Prince, the Archduke Rudolph. At first it was evidently hoped that it might be possible to suppress the fact that the heir to the Kaiser's crown had come to his death nnder disgraceful circumstances, and the vain endeavour was made to induce the world to believe that his demise was due to natural causes. But the medical men refused to certify, and rumor, with her thousand toDgues, speedily disseminated stories each more sensational than Us predecessor. First we were told that the Prince had succumbed to an attack of apoplexy, then that he had suicided as the effect of mental disorder, then that he had been shot by mistake, then that he had been detected by the brother of the lady m a guilty intrigue with a Bohemian baroness and offered Ihe alternatives of a duel or suicide, and that he had chosen the latter, then that the Prince had first shot the lady, whose body had been conveyed secretly to her parents, and thereafter shot himself, then that the Prince had been entangled m & liaison with the daughter of one of his gamekeepers, and had suicided because he had been found out, and lastly we publish to day a telegram giving, from the " London Daily News," what purports to be a full, true, and partionlar account of the whole melancholy business. From this it seems that there was an element of truth m mil the rumors before referred to*— save only as regards that which attributed death to natural causes. First and foremost, it is shown that as was «U along deemed probable m view of the deceased Prince's profligate habits, there was a lady m the case, and next it seems that there was a shooting by mistake, as well as the subsequent suicide by deliberate intention. The gamekeeper also plays a part m the real drama, which was of a very sensational kind. The Prince and the baroness met by appointment after midnight at the gamekeeper's cottage, and the former, while m the act of leaving the premises by way of the window, upon one of the keeper's underlings knocking at the door, was shot at and wounded by the assistant keeper, who supposed him to be a robber. The Prince's lady companion took poison upon the discovery of her shame, and the wounded Prince, after.returning to Mb own apartment, ended his life with ft pistol, rather than face the storm ot indignation which he feared as the result of his guilty escapade. It is a sad business altogether, and perhapß the matter least to be regretted is the death of the Prince himself, inasmuch as he had given conclusive proof of his inability to govern himself, the first requisite m the case of those who are called upon to govern others, especially m these modern days wherein "the light that beats upon a throne " is fierce indeed.

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THE AUSTRIAN TRAGEDY., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2060, 11 February 1889

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THE AUSTRIAN TRAGEDY. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2060, 11 February 1889