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author, that before the advent of her
fourth child the empress decided that
she would have HER to herself be
to her what other mothers are to
their daughters. Therfore she de
cided to take this Marie Valerie away
from theeaurt and bring her up as
any natural Slaughter. "This," de
clares the countess, "is why I was
brought up as I was, away from the
And now for question Number. Two:
Why does Emperor Francis Joseph
efuse to recognize me?
"It is NOT he who does this," she
ays, "but the court of Vienna! IT
looks upon me as dangerous. Having
been brought up by my mother in the
free and broad-minded ideas of mod
ern education, I must, I suppose, be
regarded as a menace to the tradi
tions of the imperial house and there
fore recognition must be absolutely
denied to me!"
The Countess Zanardi Landi was
jorn in 1882, in a chateau in Nor
mandy. Emperor Franz Joseph of
Austria came to see his wife secretly
there, she says; the court at Vienna
being told that the empress was in
France recuperating from an acci
dent that had occurred while she was
riding. Some little time after her
birth she was taken to Vienna by her
mother and installed in the home of
a family named Kaiser, friends of the
physician. There she was "born
again" to Mrs. Kaiser she says,
through trickery practiced by a doc
tor, a nurse and a court diplomat.
Then when she was a little less
than 9, the countess says, she was in
stalled in a court of her own at
Laintz! Finally, through the talka
tiveness of an old servant, the count
ess one day began to realize who she
was. When the old woman finished
her disclosures, the countess says:
"My brain was in a perfect whirl.
There came a feeling of intense joy,
such as I had never experienced be
fore nor since. So then my mother
was the empress! And if my mother
were the empress then of course my i
father must be theemperor! Why
had I never seen him? Whatwasthe
meaning of all this secrecy? If my
parents were the emperor and the
empress, I must be a princess!"
When next the countess saw her
mother she plied her with all these
questions. "She grew red and then
pale," she says. "She answered sadly
finally, 'That, darling, is a sad story
which you are too young to hear.
But I will tell you as much as I
can now.' "
" 'And you came,' she went on,"
writes the countess, " 'and I wanted
you entirely for my own. So ' "
Thus does the Countess Zanardi tell,
of this historical interview,
The self-styled Archduchess Marie
was 16 years of age when her mother
was assassinated. She, declares that
four years later, discouraged, she
permitted herself to be forced into
marriage with Richard Kuehnelt, a
commoner. As a minor she turned
over to him her dowry of $800,000,
which her mother had left her.
After their two children were born
the husband, by speculation, lost the
fortune. Heavily in debt they left
Austria and went to Montreal, Can
ada. The husband could not support
the family, she said, and they pro
posed a separation. Then the Coun
tess Zanardi Landi took her children,
went to Vancouver and found work
as a cook in a hotel to support them!
SAYINGS OF MR. MOUSE
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