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Scene at the Abdication of King Milan., Issue 7912, 21 May 1889
Scene at the Abdication of King Milan.
Milan Obrenovitch, King of Servia, abdicated in the Konak of Belgrade, in the presence of his Ministers, and of the principal members of the Diplomatic Body. The excitement over a totally unexpected event of which only a few of the King's intimate friends knew, and which was kept secret from the Ministers, is (says the ‘Daily News’s’ correspondent) very great indeed. Thousands had been flocking to the palace for three hours to obtain the confirmation of what they refused to believe. The political consequences of this occurrence cannot be justly weighed to-day. I shall only recount the details of the event which may be a new starting point in Servian history.
ANNOUNCEMENT BY THE KINO. After a solemn service held to commemorate the proclamation of the kingdom seven years ago, the King (followed by his whole suite) returned to the palace to receive the congratulations of his friends, of the foreign representatives, and of the military attaches who arrived in a body yesterday, in the presence of the President of the Cabinet (M. Nikolas Christich) and M. Mijatovich (Minister of Foreign Affairs). The King addressed the gentlemen assembled with surprising curtness, saying : “I thank you for your congratulations. Excuse me, for I am very busy. I beg to inform you that I have resolved to abdicate. A manifesto, which will appear without delay, will perhans explain to you my motives.” The King then took leave, silently shaking hands with everyone present. They remained behind, greatly surprised and deeply moved. In an adjoining room were assembled all the other members of the Cabinet, of the State Council, and the officers and the leaders of parties, except M. Garaschanin, loader of the Progressists. The King entered with his son, who took his place at the left side of bis father. Then His drew from his breast pocket the ukase, which he
read in a voice choked with emotion. The ' document announced his abdication, proclaimed his son Alexander I. King of Servia, j and names for the time of his minority three i Regents—namely, the Liberal leaders, M, . Ivan Ristics, General Belimarkovitch,_ and j General Protitch. After he had finished reading the King raised his voice, and gave a loud cheer for the new Servian King, in which the assembly enthusiastically joined, THE EX-KING’S ADVICE TO HIS SON. King Alexander then passed to the other aide of his father, so that he stood to his right. Turning towards his son, the exKing Milan addressed him in touching words: “To-day I have still the right to counsel the young King, I must advise him to work in harmony with his people; always to choose his councillors from the true friends of the people ; to close his ears to hypocrites and flatterers.” He hoped King Alexander would add a new name to the illustrious list of Servian Sovereigns. King Milan then swore the oath of allegiance to the new King, vowing to be his first and most faithful subject. Ho then kissed the young monarch and the three Regents each in turn, and dismissed the deeply-moved assembly. King Alexander during the whole scene stood upright, and seemed deeply impressed. As soon as King Milan’s proclamation has appeared manifestoes from King Alexander and the Regents will follow. .NO EEC.RET —ONLY SURPRISE. The Regency entrusted the Radical leader, M. Tauschanovitch, with the formation of a new Cabinet. He accepted the task. I have had a conversation with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, who assures me the abdication is to be considered as a complete victory of Russian diplomacy. I learn from the same source that before abdicating the King worked out a complete programme together with the Regents, containing directions on all points of future foreign policy, and settling definitely what is to be done with regard to Queen Nathalie. The Regency will ask the Skuptschina to vote a pension for the King, who in the meantime will receive one-half of his present income and adopt the title of a general. Subsequently the king paid a long visit to the Metropolitan Theodosius. The city is brilliantly illuminated, and all the shops are closed. No regret is expressed, only surprise, and general confidence appears to be felt in M. Ristics. THE BOY KINO. The Crown Prince Alexander, who is now King of Servia, was born on the 14th of August, 1876. Ho is a tall, slim, goodlooking boy, with deep black eyes, like those of his mother, and the keen, penetrating look peculiar to his father, whose nervousness, restlessness, and haughty bearing he has also inherited. The ‘ Standard’s’ correspondent had some time ago an opportunity of speak iug with some members of the new King’s daily entourage. They described him to me as a clever, quick-wilted, lively, and unusually intelligent lad, but insincere, calculating, prompt in detecting and profiting by an advantage. When with his mother ho professed to dislike his father, and in his father’s company would feign reluctance to correspond with the Queen, His health is not good, and his habits arc somewhat lazy &nd irregular. He has yet to learn the art of ivinniug the affection of those with whom lie comes in contact. Some weeks ago he was present at a Court function, and addressed polite little speeches to ill who were introduced to him ; but when complimented upon his bearing by a deputy who had just deserted his party, he exclaimed : “ You had better be silent; you are a renegade”—a remark which, needless to say, made a very painful impression. THE WOMAN BEHIND THE THRONE. The ex-King will take up his residence abroad, possibly in Austria, but more probably in a warmer climate. While in this connection I may state, writes the ‘ Standard ’ correspondent, that there may be ere long another divorce by mutual eonIsent, this time between M. Milan Christitch, ' the present Servian Minister at Berlin, aud his wife Artemisia. Madame Christitch is ■the daughter of a rich Greek merchant in Constantinople, and is about thirty-two years of age. She is gifted with considerable powers of fascination, and her influence over the King has been almost without limit. It is regarded ns certain that they will shortly be married, and as Madame Ghristitch’s parents are very wealthy they are not likely to be visited with money troubles. The chief anxiety will be the obligation devolving upon Milan to superintend the education of his son; but it is not probable that, after his second marriage, the ex-King will pay much regard to the responsibility. Sooner or later the divorced Queen will make her influence felt, and the question of the young Sovereign’s tuition will involve all parties, and perhaps the nation itself, in grave misunderstandings- .. - -
Scene at the Abdication of King Milan., Issue 7912, 21 May 1889
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