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The Czar's Recent Illness.

A. special correspondent at St. Petersburg^ telegraphs to. the "Daily Telegraph":—" The Emperor has .been suddenly taken ill. The person deputed to kill, the Czar was a. naval officer ot aristocratic family, who had returned from four years' obligatory service at sea about) a twelvemonth ago. , His mother and relatives live in Moscow. He had lodgings in that part of St. Petersburg which is called the Vassili Ostroff. ,' He went into Society occasionally, and conducted himself so as to disarm suspicion ; indeed, so slight was the prima facie evidence of the truth of his confession that the authorities at first looked upon it as the ravings of a man of disordered intellect. No papers compromising any of his comrades have been discovered, though there are unmistakable traces of voluminous documents having been destroyed 1 before his death. It is not true —as at. first stated—that he poisoned himself. He asphyxiated himself by sleeping in a small bedroom where charcoal in considerable quantities was burning. In the letter he left he distinctly refuses to repudiate the ideas in the name of which he conspired against the Czar, and states that he cannot fulfil the task laid upon him because he has not the heart to,compromise his unoffending relatives, ,whcr : have falways treated him with affection, and whose good name he is aiufipus not to stain. The matter is being .up/ v and ho obitiiary notice of a marine officer has appeared in any of the newspapers as yet."

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The Czar's Recent Illness., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XIV, Issue 2438, 30 May 1890

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The Czar's Recent Illness. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XIV, Issue 2438, 30 May 1890