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gers." These men, primed for their
task, produced' diagrams to proVe
that Nicholas II. would triumph over
all his enemies about 1916; but they
did not produce the gold given them
by the czaritsa for influencing the
ruler of Russia.
Czarina Alix is known all over
Russia as the Empress of Bad-Luck.
Pew queens have been more un
happy. The Cinderella of the Russian
court, capricious and harsh-tempered,
with a Prussian capacity for
calling a spade a spade, soon gave
cause for offense.
Determined that none btit grand
dames above reproach should be re
ceived at her court, Alix of Hesse in
augurated a social spy system to un
earth long-forgotten scandals.
Petrograd society boycotted the
palace, was warmly welcomed by the
dowager empress, and war to the
tongue's edge followed.
Mother or four unwanted daugh
ters and constantly longing for an
heir to the throne, Alix sought com
fort in the occult.
Presently Elizabeth, Grand Duch
ess Serge, now a nun in a Moscow
convent, sent to her imperial sister
the monk Gregory Rasputin, warn
ing the neurotic empress that so long.
as Rasputin consented to remain at
Tzarskoe Selo she and her children
would be safe. Elizabeth had shrewd
ly installed" an intrepid German
agent behind the imperial throne; a
hundred million moujiks recognized
Last but not least of the Three
Fates is Grand Duchess Xenia Czar
Nicholas elder sister a second edi
tion of her Danish mother, married
to her cousin, Alexander Mfchaelo
vitch, an intriguer of morbid intelli
gence. Husband and wife were past
masters in the art of controlling the
Alexander Michaelovitch, owner of
vast forests in Siberia, insisted it was
his imperial prerogative to supply the
Trans-Siberian railway with sleep
ers and fuel at his own price. In 1903
he sent the minister of the interior
a new contract with prices doubled.
M. Witte returned the document un
signed. Alexander rushed to the em
peror denouncing Witte's "revolu
tionary behavior." In three days the
great minister was" dismissed; his
Not content with her husband's Si
berian graft, Grand Duchess Xenia
deterimned to induce her brother to 1
approve the. exploitation of Immense
tracts of land near Yalu in Korea,
and to finance a company. Nicholas
II. hesitated. But Xenla raised the
shade of their ancestor, Alexander
II., conqueror of Turkey, to advocate
"Nickie" entirely convinced, at
once subscribed 6,000,000 rubles.
The grand duchess' company as
promptly erected fortifications; Ja
pan protested, Russia cogitated, and
the Russo-Japanese war followed.'
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