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The Czar as Nurse.


What purports to be the truth about the alleged outrage on the Czarevitch shows the mcident in quite a different light from that recently reported. The Imperial infant was indeed in dangor, but, it would seem, at the hands of the Czar himself. Here is an extraordinary story, sent by a Russian correspondent to " Lloyd's Weekly Newspaper."

" A few days ago I said to a well known f.'us-ian revolutionary agent that it was widely circulated on tho Uontineut and in Kngland that a sensational incident had occurred at jTsarskoe Selo, and it was al ■ leged that a nurse was going to plunge the Czarevitch into a basin of boiling water when the Czarina, warned in time, managed to save the heir to the throne. ' Now,' I asked,' has this story any foundation ; if co, was this plan devised by the ftevolutionary party ?' "' I mußt tell you at once,' said the agent, 'the revolutionary party has never schemed against an innocent child. To those in the least acquainted with what is going on in the Imperial Palace it is well known that the functions of nurse to the baby heir are carried out by his augnst parents, and nothing is entrusted to the nurses or outsiders. The Czar long since took the office of bathing his child. It is common knowledge that when, on Eed Sunday, a messenger went to inform the Czar of what was taking place he found him in his son's nursery, bathing the child with his own hands.

"' As in every story,' continued the revolutionist, ' however inaccurate, there is some truth. The alleged story of tbu attempt to assassinate the Czarevitch was based on another story, which also now forms the topic of conversation in high society. "' This story goes—That the Czar one day, while fulfilling his duties of bathing his child, was, mentally, muoh perturbed by thought of whether Eozjestvenski would beat Togo or Togo beat Eozjeßtvenski, and while the basin was full of water out of tap H he forgot to open tap C, and was going to plunge his own son with his own hands into the boiling water, when the Czarina suddenly appeared on the scene and snatched the child from the hold of his would-be—though involuntary—assassin. Since that day the office of bathing the Imperial child was transferred to the Czarina.'"

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The Czar as Nurse., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6623, 17 July 1905

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The Czar as Nurse. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6623, 17 July 1905

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