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THE ARCHDUKE RUDOLPH

LYING IN STATE."

The Hofbarg, wh n the general pnblio were admitted to ' via w the body of the Crown Prinoe, as he lay m state m the Oonrt Ohipel, wai like a beleaguered for* trees. No other words oould give an adequate idea cf the aspect;. All toe hnge iron gates leading to the inner courtyards and shutting off one from the other were closed m the night The binges of some of them refused at fi.-et to move, Eaoh was guarded b/ half-a-dozen stalwart gendarmes inside and ontside, whose duties were truly unenviable. They were •sailed by handreda of people eager for aimistfioD. It is oot surprising that, m tbe great • ush, several accidents oo« carred. Eariy m the morning it wai rumored that three people had been killed m the crash ; then the number was su'd to be,Beven ; but the last report received by telephone from the Free Aid Society was that twenty persons were slightly hurf, tAo dangerously injured, and one (killed. lußide the Burg the greatest ex* oitement prevailed. Officers were hurrying hither an thither through the marj of corridors, rooms and halls. DeEorJB ing the scene the Vienna correspotrt^| of the " Daily News" says :— I took^H po iiion under the door of the ves^^H the chapel by whioh the clergy en tcj^^| leave. At eight precisely tbe first pMH were admitted. All passed slow^^H tingle fie from one door to the o^H

walking round the bier. The chapeH very tnull but lofty. It is entirS draped with black cloth, aod on each H the panels between the while marbS columns there is an ehormons cross of white cloth, In the centre of each cross are the Prince's armorial bearings m brilliant colors. Above the coat of arms is written m enormous capitals ''RUDOLPH 08," and, m sma'ler oharaoters, " Pbihobps et Abchidux AasroLM. Below m Roman figures, is the date. " 1889." The High Altar, the side altarc. and the fbor and all the steps, are covered with black cloth. The greater part of the enormoaa quantities of flowers offered are heaped op at either side of the High Altar aud along the walls. In the centre of the chapel (continues the correapondent) on a dais covered with a cloth of gold stamds the bier. On the dai* burn IQO single wax oandlea on tall oandfestioka, whilst at eaoh corner is a oandelabrum with thirty candles. The lights seem to rise ont of a garden of beautiful flowers. Tha coffin is lower than the light*, wbioh throw a ruddy glow upon the dead face as it lies there m all the grim immobility of death on the soft satin cushion Much has been saidef a wax mask covering the Crown Prince's faoe t but this is absolutely untrue. In the features of the dead roan one could mark, besides their refined form, a certain running expression. The beard has grown, and gives to the lower part of the face a greyish hue, contrasting strangely with the pallor of tbe temples and the fore* bead. The hir had' boen brushed back from the right temple, and the small dark bole made by the bullet is dearly visible. Only m the upper, part is the outline of >he ooffia visible. The Crown Princess's wreath of lilies of tbe valley conceals" ths greater part of it, aod tbe little daughter* moss roses still encircle her dead father's feet. Tbe buds are somewhat failed today and bang their beads, though they appear to have been lovingly tended, fsr tiuy drops like tears glisten upon their pinkpeula. When I eutered (the carte*, pondent concludes), long before the public was admitted, ten priests were singing the " Miserere," and two were reading Mass before tbe: altars; m their long bl ok, violet, and white robes they- made a striking contrast with the other occupants of the chapel, the Imperial Guards of the Emperor and King. The scarlet uniforms and the white horsehair plumes on fife helmets muko the Austrian Guards look not unlike English soldiers. The Hungarians wear high yellow boots, goldembroidered scarlet breeches, tiger skins, f os'ened by a tbield-like brooch of aihrew and a headdreßa of sable, surrounded' bjr a pan«ohe 'of herons' fe*ihe"rs The inea of the lower grades of the Austrian Guirdßoirry a tall epear, they atoo^| motionless 'at eithersi^e of the, coh^D^ and were" relieved eyery half hquir. A Mueb W:S going on, the childish trebles oi orphan girls m the oho^r uaitin,g m a soft melody. Next the deep voices of priest? chanted the $w« Irot, respor^ded to bj % ohoirpf bass voices. It v^as an ineffably teaptifql and bao, scene. I lingered on. until the last metaacaoly .eohaes of a eonoroaa Bequiesoat m Pac« bad rolled away. *

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THE ARCHDUKE RUDOLPH, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2100, 2 April 1889

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THE ARCHDUKE RUDOLPH Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2100, 2 April 1889

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