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THE ABRUZZI ROMANCE.

KING VICTOR EMMANUEL'S VIEWS, A mutt official at the Quirina-1 hue- given the Centrah Ne«« correspondent..in Borne an interesting statement a* to the views of King Victor Emmanuel en the engagement of the Duke of the Abiuzzi to Miff Elk-ins. "The King," lie taid, "has never been opposed to the marriage. Hi* Majesty is, however, exceedingly annoyed at the unpleasant -publicity which has beer, given to every little detail of the family life of the Duke and his future wife. He expressed himself as disgusted at the 'cancan' of the American press about his cousin, who lias been painted a* a vulgar fortune-hunter." If the Duke presistcd in his intention of marrying Miss Elkins, it was certain that the King, before giving his formal approbation, would impress on his coutsin the changed and somewhat painful situation which had arisen as a result of the disgraceful extravagance; of the American newspapers. Questioned as to the report- that certain of the foreign Courts had hinted to King Victor the desirability of opposing the match, the official emphatically declared that there was not the slightest foundation for such stories. The persona responsible for statements of that kind, simply +-xpt#ed then hopeless ignorance of the etiquette whicl" prevails among the European Court*, where it would never for a moment ha supposed that the King of Italy would tolerate the idea of foreign interference in such a matter. According to a United Press telegram from Turin, the approaching AbriuziKlkins marriage has led to an amusing April Ist joke in that city. On a Tuesday morning it was announced in the .Gazette of Turin that Miss Efkins would arrive at Turin from Paris during the afternoon, and in consequence enormous crowds assembled at the station to catch a glimpse of the American heiress, and there were numerous photographers present to take snapshots. When the train arrived » voting, dark English la.lv. who Lid some resemblance to Miss Elkins, stepped out. of a carriage. She was immediately surrounded by ■ cheering crowds, acclaiming her with ' mad enthusiasm, while the. photographers took picture after picture. The young lady beedrne frightened, anil gave way to tears. Finally it -dawned oil the crowd that after all this was not Miss. Elkins, and that a mistake had been made, and the- young lady was left to go ; : ;hev. way. _ " -V '■ - : '.

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THE ABRUZZI ROMANCE. New Zealand Herald, Volume XLV, Issue 13757, 23 May 1908, Supplement

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