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The Empress of Russia.

Some gossip about . the roi MANCE OF HER LIFE.

j There is no woman in the civilised world, however humble, her. condition, who is less to be envied than the Empress of all the Russias. Black care in the guise of Ihe feaaissin constantly lurks behind her. ' Until > recently • the dread of seeing her husband struck down by the murderous knife >6r. fdeath-dealingApro-j iectile was 1 somewhat minimised iby ih'ej knowledge 'that 1 she -: might., .enact n^hgr guardian angel, in .the most.i literalsense^ of the word—by never leaving his side, in public ; for the, Nihilist v: puc%i»mnve l .prflrV, fessedly stopped short at the destruction of.-tho;;weaker'_sex.-. Even that, scrap --yty, comfort was taken away from her o~n* the day of.the sp r called railway, accident at Brouski, .wheVe, but for a iriiracle she as well as Alexander 111 would have perished; 71. ;; . -; "i,'.;'"' ZiVr^rTrfjiv-tV* ■ Notwithstanding all this Marie.FeaSprowna—the name she took on her beingreceived into the Greek Church, in exchange for her own, ;Dagmar—is^a pattern of cheerfulness and good temper<; >To see her at a ball at tfie Winter Palace or at the $t. Michael's Theatre one might fancy her to be as secure of the loyalty of all 13ier subjects as is her sinter of that of her I future ones. There is a strong likeness 1 the two daughters of Christian. of"l)enmark, but it do'es'not strike omn first sight. It cite*. in J^l« expression rather than in Inb formation of the features. GmpreM Marie Fed6or?Tnj%

though . perhaps an inch or so shorter than the Princess of Wales, looks as tall, if not taller, and is somewhat more brisk in her movements. The Empress eschews as much-; as f possible dressing gowns and all loose-fitting garments. However late; the ball or reception, she is invariably up and doing by eight, dressed" and ready by'ten. "'[ : :■ o a c Tailor-made frbeks with plain linen cuffs and collars are her favdriter wear. Her husband says therbis" no better groomed woniah" 1 throughout the'world 1 than Ins wifeV 'IToi' thbugh;jifcis, an/open secret th^th^^rra^e^as age of .convenience, ev;en.ija^a.wider iejnse tnah.that,applied to priuceljr and r^yal'.uiuons, .the couple have become^very fond.of each,, other.. „ There wasjno love oneither .side at. the beginnings .'Betrothed>cto Alexander's, elder brother* the heir apparent ta the Russian throne,'WhO( diedl at Nice* and to ■ whom she 'irfeS'siricerely attached^ Princess Dagmarii^uld'haye' preferred to remain single . Reasons .of.lsfcite^ahd the ,'will of ncr parents 1, Compelled her "to contract; a union she did not desire.

On the other hand, the Grand Duke Alexander'had-^cherished the hope of marrying' according -to the promptings of his'heart/ He was passionately in love with* one of the ladies of his mother's immediate attendants, Princess Marie Metzcherskii the only child of a Polish nobleman who had "suffered" a long^ exile for lus ardent patriotism, expressed in equally ardent verse. Princess Marie became the wife of Prince Paul Demidoff, and died in her; twenty-fifth year. •: ■ _•;

Alexander and Dagmar, then, cursed rather than blessed their royal birth,' but not for" 1 long.' A magnificent apartment had been, prepared for them, but the paint "arid varnish were''scarcely dry on their wedding day, and they were obliged to put J uj> with ~ much more^ modest accommodation, The Czarewitch felt annoyed ; his bride made the best of. things, and'eyen; succeeded in.converting him to her Mark Tapleyism. From that moment the ice was broken, and by "the time they ascended the Throne, there was no more united couple on the face of the earth. Adversity has. drawn the bond still tighter, and the spectre of assassination which stalks abroad in the guise of Nihilism hats .already made a heroine of a woman who, under ordinary circumstances, would have been merely a loving wife and a fond mother. ;

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The Empress of Russia., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XIV, Issue 2435, 7 June 1890

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The Empress of Russia. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XIV, Issue 2435, 7 June 1890

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