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o>nnfc Hovoa auGured tho Emperor that absolute occreoy had b«on mslntai od, and tnoaaares were imauxHately talcen to o >vceal truth. Ths ooart phyriioi'ii), .VUoholhofer, wbb ooinmnnlo/ved with, hnri t. plausible acuunt of doath duo to mtnral onuses agreed upon.

I; v7»b d tctmiued that above all mother the Grown Princo'a mother, Krapreae Kl'zibeth, nor bin wife ArcHdaoheoo Stephanie, Bhonld ever beoome acquainted with the true voralon of the terrible <r»gudy, but by a atranga fatality al< these plnm were frustrated Oo Wo;)nos day afieraoon the body *raa brought from Moyerllng to tha luaporbl Palucs at Vienna and placed ov a cwt'.f »l.jnr> m hJa nedohamber, la whioh a chapeUt ardente had been arranged. Here m thu tvemng the heartbroken Empress and tho Grown Prlnoeßß came to pr*y, Th-t grief of both the Imperial ladies was heartrending, ch»t of Arobduohes* Stephanie m par tloular being auoontrolUbie. hh) appeared to forget ail past quarrels and disputes, and to ace In tho corpse only the gallant young lover who, nine years ago, bronaed by Oriental travel, had come to woo her at Brussels. Suddenly, m a mad outburst of wild and frantic grief, she threw her arms about her dead husband's head, the cushions fell away, and m a moment she oaugbt eight of the ghastly wound aud shattered skull. Uttering a terrible cry, nhe fell unooneotous to tho ground by the side of the bier, and had to be carried aw^y by her attendants All accounts from Vienna refer pointedly to a serloaa estrangement betweau husband and wife which of late had amounted to almost an absolute separation. . The Grown. Prince constantly re proaohed Arobdaobesa Stephanie with her failure to boar, htm a, eon and heir : and when the medical report was made to him that the Prinoeßa would probably never again beoome a mother, he went no far as to contemplate a divorce, but the Emperor waß adverse thereto, and alnce then husband and wife met always aa strangers. The blame is attributed to both sides, Rudolph was considered the most popular Prince of Europe. He was most amiable, brilliant, and Bympalhio. But he bad bis faults, and bis high-spirited and rather dhort-tempered wife resented them. There were oontlnuojs qaarrels, and finally she let him go his own way and had aa little to do with him aa possible.

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THE CROWN PRINCE OF AUSTRIA'S SUICIDE, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2094, 26 March 1889

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THE CROWN PRINCE OF AUSTRIA'S SUICIDE Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2094, 26 March 1889