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THE REAL END OF CROWN PRINCE RUDOLPH.

» A gentleman write* from Vionna to the "Melbourne Argas"as under, toaohlog this iraglo aff*lr :— Whatl-know of this event; la derived from an au hcntio soaroe, and my atory may be Bsfeiy accepted as aoourate, howaver oon r dio>ory It may seem when compared with the versions already made public. My position m Vienna plaoes me (a a situation to catch an inside glimpse of Court life and roolety, and, belDg m the present case, desiroas if beoomiog acquainted with ihe particulars of hie Imperial Highooss' deatb, I set about intervlewlog those of my exalted sceualotances who were likely to know the teal truth of this matter. The real truth, however, is very different from any of ihe previous acoonts published, and even more sad. On the morning r,f the 29 h January Prlooe Rudolph drove out to his shooting b"X at Meferllng to attend one of his famous orgies, concerning which tho I ss aaM th > better. Several members of the Vijooa demi-monde weto In the hahit of fi urbg at these reunions, and this was nut by many the first revelry of tho kind held at Mele Hog, for the timple reason that Meierling, In Itj rural isolation, is out of earshot of the Kaleerstadt. When the Grown Prince rnaohed his destination h'n oon7ivial ft lends were already assembled . The Crown Prince dismissed his ooaohman, Bratfisob, who at onoe name back to town. As Bratfiaoh was driving up the Kohlmarkt, oae of tha busiest thoroughfit res of Vienna, 1 ned with *ho smartest shops, he law the young Baronets Vecera standing at the door of a shop, wading for a friend who was within making some purchases Bratfisob, drlv. ing along olose to the pavemant, bowed. That fatal bow the young lady returned. " Good morning, Bratfisob," s»ld she ; 'from where do you oomel "I ooms from Meierling. There's rare fun going on there to-day" "Drive mo there, said the Baroness suddenly. The man hesitated. "You must. I oommand." Thi next moment this glil of 17 summer* wi's seated m the carriage, the horses' heads were turned, and out to Meierling they drove, leaving her friend still m the •hop. On reiobing Meierling the yonog lady, who bad the reputatir* of being headstrong, fl ghty, and passionate, asked to see tho Prlnoe. She would tafce no refusal, and forced bar w*y Into the presence of the party, who were seated at the table. The Prlnoe, alarmed aod annoy jd it this untoward Intrusion, entreated the Baroness to return home. "No," said she defiantly; "now that I am here I shall stay." She sUyeJ. There was nothing for it but to oiler her t Beat at the table. Her social position entitled her to that to the right of her host, whioh she then occupied. The feast was at its height, tho company baoame more drunk than sober, when the Prince mtde some flittering observation to one of the women present. The remark roused the Baroness | jealousy. Her blood was up. She ei--1 pressed her indignation m no complimentary terms. Her host's reply exasperated her beyond messure. In her madness and intoxication she seized a long sharppointed knife from the table and It Into the Prince's stomaoh, The oonfusion into whioh the oompanv was then thrown was indescribable. The Prince, with the yell of a wild beast, sprang to hit fett and threw the girl on to tbe floor. He oaught hold of her by the throat, and strangled her, Before anyone oould interfere she was dead. Tbe Prlnoe oontlnued to shriek with pain, His agonising cries rang through the air, and were beard by the Inmates of the adjacent oottages. His friends sent off to the neighboring town of B»den for medical aid. They carried him Into his bed. oh amber, but scarcely had they p'aoed him on his bed than be drew a revolver, whioh he was In the habit of oarrying, and dlsobarglng the oontents Into his head at his right turn pie, expired instantaneously. A oouncil was held as to the manner In whioh the awfnl intelligence should be conveyed to the emperor. The speotators of the terrible scene were adjurod to 1 silenoe. It was deemed expedient to bury the body of the Baroness without delay, and before dawn the remains had bean borne to the neighboring village at Hail! aren Blut, where they were Interred m the churchyard . The details of what followed — of how the body of tbe Orown Prince was brought to Vienna, e to,— are uolversaally known. The effioial report of the Prince having died .by euiolde on tbe morning of the 30 h January Is not, therefore, founded on fact. The consternation of tho wltnewes was so great that many bouts elapsed after all was over before they oould come to any decision as to who was to bear the awful tidings to V' enn *j and as to bow they should be revealed at Court. The Emperor, when ho had learnt the worßt, took every precaution to keep the details of the tragedy secret The guests and servants at Meierling at the time were ordered, on the pain of incurring His Majesty's displeasure, to observe strict silence.

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THE REAL END OF CROWN PRINCE RUDOLPH., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2132, 11 May 1889, Incorrect date

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THE REAL END OF CROWN PRINCE RUDOLPH. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2132, 11 May 1889, Incorrect date

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