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King Milan's Abdication.


A writer to a London periodical, referring to the circumstances attending tbe abdication of Kiug Milan, of Servia, gives it as his opinion that the sovereign of the Servians had been mesmerised, and was laboring under the hypnotic influence when ho vacated the throne. The writer, in support of his extraordinary statement, which was forwarded from Belgrade, says that there is at present a consensus of testimony, including that of His Majesty himself, that the latter's nerves were entirely unstrung, or otherwise in a high state of tension ; that he ate little, and Euffered from inaomnia and various symptoms of the hysterical temperament. Mudame Artemisia Christitch possessed, in the writer's opinion, a most extraordinary and altogether unaccountable influence over King Milan, especially distorting in an astonishingly flagrant manner all his views regarding herself. Strange to say, although those who possessed the intimate acquaintance of Madame Artemisia considered her, intellectually, beneath the average of women, the King was wont to declare that her knowledge and grasp of all subjects—political and mundane—were greater than those of all his Ministers and court put together. Nobody can arrive at a solution of the extraordinary eßtimato put by Milan upon this lady's accomplishments. Again, in support of his contention, the writer states that Madame Artemisia and her_ sistor were perpetually engaged iu hypnotic and thought-reading experiments, both privately and in the select company of the King and one or two others. The King was also referred to by Madame Artemisia as "a good medium," who had obtained an unenviable notoriety among her acquaintances for her hypnotic powers. Then the King, when fairly cornered iu an argument regarding his then proposed abdication, would answer: "It is no use of your talking; I must do it," in the tone and manner familiar to those who have studied hypnotism. The King's strange behaviour on the morning of the abdication is also commented upon by the writer, who mentions that an eyewitness said that the King came in briskly enough, and then suddenly stopped with his eyes downcast. When he began speaking, one of his most intimate friends standing by remarked upon the extraordinary change in his voice. " The King was speaking like a ventriloquist," said the eye-witness, "and if I had not seen his lips move I should not have believed it was Milan. His eyes had a wandering, sleepy look, and ho seemed to me to be acting under compulsion." The writer concludes by stating that if it can be proved that Milan was once mesmerised by Madame Artemisia, his strange caprice in the divorce, as in the abdication, will be explained as hypnotic suggestion, inßtead of being the untrammelled actions of a free king. " The secret," he adds, " has been well kept, and probably will never emerge from the region of conjecture, but this statement touches it closely."

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King Milan's Abdication., Issue 7940, 22 June 1889, Supplement

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King Milan's Abdication. Issue 7940, 22 June 1889, Supplement

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