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la the blind asylum at Stefglliz a short distance from Berlin, there livea a man who until reoently waj as mysterious a : personage as the famous ' Man of the j Iron Mask," Certain persoDa high In authority made app"oat!on for apartments j at the asylum whioa vroald be worthy of a wealthy oooupan?. Bo appeared a short time after, ocoompsnied by » beautiful ! woman, who waa addressed as his wifa. The man was tall a&d well made, and dreased In the height of fashion, with hands that betokened gentility of birth. The woman was young and aristocratic la looks and bear log About the face of the man was a linen mask, with an opening opposite the month and nostrils, which was nerer removed In the presence of attendants. Ha sat iv a dark room, to whloh the servants were rarely admitted, and oonv*raed with few. His food was given to bis wife and the Inmate* of the asylum knew nothing of their name and history, urther than the faot that they were from Russia. Rumors were rife, and as was nataral, many Ingenious stories were constructed to aooouot for the. strange im» prisonment. Bat the mystery has at last been solved, and the " Man of the Linen Maak " proved to be the hero of a strange and touohlng tale. A year before the death of the late Ozae of Russia, although the solon of a high and mighty family, the young nobleman, like so many of his class, became interested In the trials and hopes of the Nihilists. Time and aisootation made . him one of their ardent sympathisers and assistants. When the murder of the Emperor was planned, unfortunately the exeoation of the dreadful deed fell to him. The news staggered him. His oath bonnd him to the Nihilists, his family ties to the Czar. Thoughts of his people and the attendant disgrace irjflaenoed him, and finally deterred him. He refused to oommit the crime. A year paved by. Another revolutionist had thrown the bomb which he had declined to do, and Alexander was dead. He had forgotten almost that he had been a Nihilist j bat not so those whom he hid forsaken, Passing along one of the principal streets of St Petersburg, when about to greet a larty on the opposite side something was dashed Into bia eye*, and m a moment the light of day had gone* His month was deformed, bis cheeks horned »nd disfigured. It was the work of a Nihilist, before whose modern Inquisition he had been found wanting j vitriol had performed the work. Mad with pain, he was taken to his home, but the injury was beyond reparation, and the dootor's aid In vain. The Government had oou-. fiaoated his estates upon learning of bis revolutionary bympaihles, but restored them m part when informed of the fate whloh had overtaken him. The mask was placed on his head, for he was nnplaasant to lojk upon; ' But the heroism of one woman waa shown— the heroism of his fianche. She was a countees, and the daughter of a house as famous and powerful m Russia as was bis own. She was heartbroken when loM of the fiendish sot, and the meeting of the lovers was touohlng In they extreme. With sorrowful heart he offered to break the engagement and make her free agalD. Brit the brave woman refused, and declared that she would remain with, him till death took her away And they were married m the little ohuroh on the old estate, attended by their relatives and friends. And on their wedding day they started tor the blind asylum m Stelglilz, where they had hopes of restoring the poor man's sight, And here his wife attends him with unfailing devotion, and prays for the day when the sffi ioted nobleman can again look upon her face.— ♦•New Tork Tribune.' 1

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BLINED BY VITRIOL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2132, 23 May 1889

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BLINED BY VITRIOL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2132, 23 May 1889