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• The Empress Frederick,' writes one of her sseat — a member of the Consular Service and an artist—Ms, perhaps, the saddest woman alive. Shu loved her husband, Bhe loved power beoause she has la a high degree tbe political faculty and is endowed with a mind whioh sees things wholesale rather than In detail, and she Is a very proud woman In the true sense of the word Her huaband and the throne, for which she had carefully educ.ted her* self, have been taken frjm her. Tba misery of worldly greatness was Impressed upon her In the most cruel object lesaont with which Provldenoe was ever pleased to teach a human being. Her pride received sore rubs during the greater part of her married life. But It waa buffeted with during her short and unhappy occupancy of the Imperial throne, and was trampled upon In the early dayi of her widowhood. She was only esteemed as her husband's wife As a woman ihe was held of no aocount, because her sez aro despised In Prussia. This was a great affliction . to the eldest daughter, of Qaeen Viotoria, who, when the Empress Frederick was a child, filled perhaps the greatest position there was m the world. None of her daughters have her mind. They are kindly and well disposed and dutiful toward their mother, but not m touoh with her. Being obliged to quit the palace m whioh she lived at Potsdam with her husband during thirty years was a cruel blow to her. She has become deeply pious . Religion alone fills her heart. The paint brush and palette have been laid aside; It is her intention to devote herself a greatdeal to schools and hospitals, and to addict herself to what is known as Christian socialism. Neither she nor her husband liked political socialism. They felt that tbe State could never save a people and that salvation should come of individual effort, working from within outward' —(Correspondent of an English paper.)

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2088, 15 March 1889

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THE EMPRESS FREDERICK Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2088, 15 March 1889