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Candidates for a Throne.

France has four, pretenders—Prince Jerome, Prince Victor, the Comte de Paris, and General Boulanger. Curionsly enough,' all four are talked of to-day, for it isannounced' that, contrary to Bonapartist hopes, Prince Jerome and his son Victor were not "reconciled at the Duke of Apstals, funeral, that the Comte de Paris -is going to Cuba, and that General Boulanger has knocked down a chandelier on his head and has to keep his bed for some days.: Prince Victor, as is known, was disowned by his father on account of his accepting a stipend from a Bonapartist -section favorable to an alliance with the ;Church., Prince Jerome resented his son's insubordination, his programme, and .especially the derogatory, source of his income. When asked, therefore, to see his son. he stipulated that Prince Victor should submit to his authority, should c-accept his anti-Clerical - and nob anti-Republican programme, and should reveal the source of hisincome, so that, if the sum were not too large, the father could repay it. Prince Victor, as may be supposed, refused these terms, so that, the Bonapartist split remains; bu.t since the last elections Bonaparjbism is scarcely;a party, and,,unless it springs its ashes as, in 1850, its internal divisions;cannot .deserve -much attention. • In the state in which it now is it has ho longer anything to lose, which means in politics that all has to be gained. It follows; in the meantime at least, that the misuhdefsfcariding between the father and son is quite a Becqnda'ry incident, and tinfortunately,for the! Bonapartists, .the account given of tile 1* affair has," only an anecdotic importance.., :':__, ;-.,",. . Those who induced him to enter on this campaign, r which"has ended so sadly, remain here quietly, stoically observing the departure of.the? exiled arid expressing little regret at having played a part unfavorable- to huh/- The narrative of these events gives each of the pretenders his appropriate character. Among the;Bonapartist£, we meet with intestine divisions, revolts against family authority, the unquenched hatred which runs in the same blood. The Orleans family philosophically meet their fete with a middleclass resignation ; they leave the battlefield .without resistance, without anger, without ardent ambition—prudent players who do not run after lost money. General Boulanger,;, that great swordsman, beats the- air; threatens from a distance, and injures no one but himself, brings down a heavy chandelier on his head and is covered with blood. By this he neither serves his own interest nor the cause of his country. Some assert that he has had a fit. I.prefer to believe that it was a display of useless violence; otherwise it would not be right to laugh at it. It is more interesting to turn to the departure of the Comte De Paris for the West Indies. It is a mark of resignation and almost of discouragement. He leaves behind the throne of his daughter shaken by the: revolution which is knocking at the gate of the kingdom; a royal son-in-law who has just committed one of those weak and puerile actions which kings must expiate, for nations do not thank those who govern them for sharing in the passions of the masses instead of curbing and dominating them. He leaves behind a France which is no longer deceived about him, which is indifferent to his movements and which has not pardoned him for having at-1 erapted to reascend the throne of his ancestors with the help of an insincere adventurer, who would not have accepted his assistance had he not felt certain that he could throw him into the ditch at the moment of crossing it. He is going to the West Indies, a traveller who has been undeceived, a king without a future, seeking to shun Europe, in which his fall neither inspires terror not regret. Even those who affect to defend him think his absence will produce no change in the regular course of events.—"London Times's " Paris correspondent.

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Candidates for a Throne., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2397, 10 April 1890

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Candidates for a Throne. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2397, 10 April 1890