ANOTHER PRINCELING IN TROUBLE.
Another royal romance has caused quite a flutter m the highest circles of German society (says the Berlin correspondent of the Lonoon ' Standard ') . 'Hie hero is the Hereditary Prince Eberwyn of BentheimSteinfiirt, and the heroine Fraulein Fanny Koch, the daughter of the mayor of a 6mall German provincial town. Her father, Herr Koch, before attaining to the eminence of mayoralty, was a tradesman who kept a general store. The family of the F.entheim-Steinfurt is one of those mediatised royal dynasties whose members possess for all time absolute equality of birth with membens of the reigning royal houses. The members of the princely house of Bentheim-Steinfurt are governed by socalled house laws, which, among other things, prohibit them marrying persons beneath them m rank. Those princes or princesses of the Bentbeim dynasty who transgress this family statute forfeit a' l their royal privileges and lose their royal rank. The Hereditary Prinoe Eberwyn has expras-ved his determination to make this great sacrifice m order to marry a girl of humble birth Avhom he loves. Fraulein Koch, as soon as she became engaged, informed her father of the Prince's determination to marry her. The Prince's father and all his relatives and friends did then' utmost -to persi.ade him from this step, but their entreaties, their warnings, and their arguments alike failed to shake his reso'u tion. Finally, Prince Alexis informed his son that he must renounce his birthright before marrying a tradesman's daughter. Prince Eberwyn thereupon formally renounced his birthright m the presence of a general family council, and took a 6olemn oath never to dispute the right of his younger brother, Prince Victor Adolphus, to take liie place as Hereditary Prince, and ultimately as head of tlie family. Simultaneously, Prince Eberwyn was compelled to leave the army. Prince Eberwyn has beon hitherto the officer of a crack regiment of cavalry. Apart from the loss of his birthright 'and military rank, he sacrifices the right of succession to property comprising many thousands of acres, and an annual income estimated at a quarter of a. million sterling. The Prince is twentyfour years of age, and Fraulein Koch, for whom he ie sacrificing so much, is a year older.
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ANOTHER PRINCELING IN TROUBLE., Otautau Standard and Wallace County Chronicle, Volume II, Issue 88, 8 January 1907
ANOTHER PRINCELING IN TROUBLE. Otautau Standard and Wallace County Chronicle, Volume II, Issue 88, 8 January 1907
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