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COSMOPOLITAN GOSSIP., Issue 7963, 19 July 1889
ANECDOTES OF ROYAL PERSONAGES. INTERESTING EXTRACTS. [From Our Special Correspondent.] London, May 10. The anonymous author of * Recollections of Court and Society' (a book, which was less successful than it deserved to be) is again to the fore, and this time looks like making a substantial hit. 'Cosmopolitan Gossip,' as his new volume of anecdotes and reminiscences is called, has been very favorably noticed by 'The Times' and other dailies, most of which give voluminous extracts. It is greatly to the author's credit that he has contrived to make his tittle-tattle about Court and Royal personage 1 interesting without introducing a single unkind reflection or ungenerous allusion. Cynical he of ten is, but malevolent never. Attached are some attracts : THE EMPRESS OF GERMANY. The third Empress of Germany, Augusta Victoria, differs in almost every respect from the two predecessors whose names are united in her own. She has no political ambitions, and claims no other privilege than to be a faithful, loving, and unexacting wife:—"ln her elevation she remembers without fausse honle the days when she was a modest, almost penurious little Princoss. Thus, when the Court was plunged in deepest mourning by the death of the two Emperors, she declined to hold a ' Court,' because, according to etiquette, all the ladies would have to attend in entirely white gala robes and trains, and she knew enough of the thrifty German ways to realise how gladly most of the ladies would be exempted from the onerous expenses of the costume de rigueur, especially after the equally heavy outlay for black garments a few months before." PRINCE BISMARCK AT HOME. Prince Bismarck, whether at Wilhelmstrasse, Varzin, or Friedrichsruhe, is a very plain man indeed, and is utterly careless of appearances. His servants are all ancient and indifferently dressed, and his equipages
are Baid to be " plainer and uglier than thoße of a provincial gentleman never leaving his native city." The Prince has hia own way of getting rid of visitors who outstay their welcome. "An Ambassador once asked him how ho managed to end an interview. * Perfectly easy,' answered Bismarck. 'My wife knows pretty accurately when people prolong their visit beyond the proper time, and then she sends me a message that I am wanted.' He had barely finished speaking when a footman knocked at the door and informed his master that the Princess wished to speak to him. The diplomat, blushing and confused, beat a hasty retreat, without stopping for the ordinary formalities of leave-taking." I'IIE DTJC D'AL'MALE AND MDME. DE CLINCHAMP. Of the relations of the Due d'Aumale with Mdme. De Clinchamp, a lady whom rumor has several times mentioned as about to become his wife, and who has been his constant companion for several years, the writer says:—"At meals the Duke sits, ' after the Continental fashion, in the centre of the table; the place opposite to him, which would have been that of the Duchess, is left unoccupied, and Mdme. De Clinchamp takes hers a little at the left of that scarcelyperceptible vacancy, facing the host and the guests bidden to the more informal luncheons and dinners. There certainly could be nothing strange or incongruous if, after ten years of widowhood, a man of sixty-eight sanctioned by the closest of ties an intimacy in which he has found unfailing sympathy and comfort, and if be married the companion of his prosperity and reverses ; but among his friends nothing has transpired of any such intention, nor do they seem to believe in the suspicion that such a denouement has already taken place. The Duke has changed nothing in his habits ; the lady is Berenely impenetrable. Montaigne would say: ' Who knows V and the modern philosopher ' Why not ?'" THE EMrRESS EUGENIE AT FABNBOROTJOII. The ex-Empress Eugenie has few companions at Farnborough, and those who dwell there have accepted the melancholy austerities of her life. She carried away with her from Camden House to Farnborough all that she held dear by association in the former place. " When Bhe assumed her mourning robes the Empress laid aside for ever the splendor of dress and luxury of attire she once loved so well. In leaving behind her the jewels that set off her beauty she seems to have abandoned all the habitß and ceremonial of court life. Her establishment is comparatively modest; the stableß contain but a small number of horses, including the ponies she drives herself; four or five carriages stand in the coach houses, with the Imperial escutcheon and crown emblazoned on their panels; the servants and attendants are not many, but they have all been in her employment for a long time and are devoted to her." QUEEN MARIE CIIRISTINE AND THE SPANISH POET. The Queen Regent of Spain has not only the tact that comes with the teachings of royalty, hut the truer quality that springs from kindness of heart, as may be gathered from the following incident:—" A wellknown Spanish poet, deservedly famousfor the harmony of his verae, waged war against the Regency with such bitter and unmeasured denunciations that he was at last arreßted, tried, and exiled. He was far from wealthy, being dependent on his pen for his livelihood, so that the wife and children he left behind were soon reduced to absolute poverty. For their sake the banished poet solicited the Queen Regent's pardon ; for their sake it was granted at once, and the order signed which authorised his return to Spain—a free man. Touched by this prompt generosity, the poet begged for the favor of an audience. She received him more as a future adherent than a past foe, and after a few graciouß words she said suddenly, with warm-hearted impetuosity which ever and anon breaks through her »sad reserve : ' You are not very rich, senor , —literary men of genius rarely are; and you have a large family?' 'I have six children, your Majesty.' 'Six!' said the Queen. * Well, there are three for you and three for rac' From that day the three daughters of the poet were educated at the Regent's expense under her own personal supervision, and monarchy counts one loyal Bubject more."
COSMOPOLITAN GOSSIP., Issue 7963, 19 July 1889
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