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Bruised in a Fit.


' With reference' t\> £he Duke "of Edinburgh a curious story is current concerning his strange absence from the King of Portugal's funeral, to attend which he had specially travelled to Lisbon. It appeara that he reached the Portuguese capital iin perfect and even boisterous health on the day before the one appointed for the royal obsequies. He was received at the railway terminus by the Duke of Oporto, the members of the British ( and Russian legations, and the officers of the English cruiser Active, which lay at anchor in the Tagus .After exchanging hearty greetings with all present, he drove off to the Palace oftheNecessidadeswhenceheaubsequently proceeded in full uniform, with the order of the Golden Fleece around his neck and the sash of the Portuguese order of the Tower and the Sword across his breast, to visit King Carlos at Belem. The Duke had just taken his leave of the King and was crossing the grand vestibule of the palace to his carriage, when he fell to the ground'in a fit of epilepsy and began to 'dash his head against the marble floor So startled and terrified' were the Portu^ guese chamberlains and dignitaries in attendance! by the shocking contortions of his features and limbs that it,was not until sharply rebuked by the Duke's equerry that they recovered their presence of mind sufficiently fco lend a helping.hand. In the meantime, however, the prostrate man had been permitted to bruise his face in such a manner as to render, any appearance in public for several days absolutely out of the question. As soon as the fit had. passed off, he returned to the Necessidades, and on the following morning, while the entire population was gazing at the funeral procession and wondering at his inexplicable absence, he drove down to the arsenal and quietly went on board the Active, whbre he spent the remainder of the day in the congenial society '•' of his old messmates. To such an extent were his features dis figured and discolored from the effects; of his .fall that he.was forced to remain a full week' at Lisbon b'efdre being able to start) on his return journey.—Correspondent; of "New York Tribune." "v iA {

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Bruised in a Fit., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2427, 12 May 1890

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Bruised in a Fit. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2427, 12 May 1890

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