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FOR SHOOTING HIS WIFE AND NEPHEW. INTENSE PUBLIC INTEREST. (Received February 21, 11.50-a.m.) ' BERLIN, February 20. The trial of Count Meilezynski , i* v being held with closed doors. It is / creating intense public interest, special 1' trains' bringing the Count's society friends and joiirnalists from all parts of Austria and Germany. Tlie Count is charged with man- , slaughter. There will be 26 witnesses. A dramatic feature of the trial will be a reproduction of the tragedy,. The judges, jurymen, and witnesses were taken to the Count's castle at nighttime, in a special train. The' Count's hemorrhage is due to' being shot in 1885, and is so serious •- that he is not likely to live long. He will plead guilty, but that under provocation ho h'redi on the spur of the moment. [A cable on December 21 stated that Count Meilezynski, suspecting his: wife's relations with his nephew, Count Alfred, found the latter in his wife's room at his castle near Graetz. and shot them both dead. A later cable, reported that Count Moilezynski. on re,- , turning from his club, went to his bedroom. Hearing noises and attributing them to "burglars, ho took a.' gun and went downstairs. The tragedy follow- . cd. His wife's lady companion was seriously wounded through rushing between husband and wife. The husband roused the servants, retired to his > room, wrote a report of the murder, and informed the authorities. Count Meilezynski was formerly clubbed the " Red Count," because he was a. fierce, opponent of , Prussian rule. Later he joined the moderate Right Wing Party, although he was fined in 1909 for an incendiary speech in which he accused Germans of treating Poles like wild beasts.]

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COUNT ON TRIAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8800, 21 February 1914

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COUNT ON TRIAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8800, 21 February 1914