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New-York tribune. [volume] (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, June 29, 1902, Image 34

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He was formerly an officer of cavalry, but
suddenly resigned hi- commission in the army,
and, after havinr with some difficulty obtained
the permission of his uncle, the late King, to
enter holy orders, began studying for the priest
hood, and was subsequently ordained. Declin
ing to accept the allowance from the Saxon
Treasury to which he was entitled as a prince
of the blood, and rejecting the offers made him
of high dignities In connection with the < ath
olic Church, either at Ron r m Saxony, be
secured an appointment as curate in one ol
Philip lfarteny. It Is to stand in front of the
City Hall, Paterson.
the most poverty-stricken districts of the Brit
ish metropolis, and for several years was at
tached to a German Roman Catholic church in
RThitecbapel, bearing the queer name of St.
Bonaparte and which is more than one hun
dred years old, and has attached to it an im
portant German hospital, a convent and a sort
of home for young nun. Be realized that as
long as be remained In Germany he would al
ways, be treated as a royal prince, in the line
<if succession to th<- throne of Saxony, whereas
in London he ran no danger of being looked
upon as anything els.- than a mere priest.
Hut it is difficult to imagine any more
startling transition than that from an inmate
of some of the most beautiful palaces of Ku
rope, from prin f the blood ami from a
dashing officer of t crack German cavalry regi
ment, to the position <>f ;; humble worker of
the Church in the London slums. The prince
is now a professor of canon law and liturgy
at the gp'at Roman Catholic [University of
Kril'ourg, In Switzerland, and remains, so fat
as I know, the only scion ««f a reigning house
in holy orders. The last prince of the blood to
enter the priesthood was Archduke Leopold of
Austria, the patron of Beethoven, who became
a I'ardinal very shortly after his ordination,
while King Charles Albert of Sardinia took the
vows of a monk after abdicating his throne in
3N4t>. To the late Cardinal Bonaparte, al
though a kinsman of Napoleon 111, were never
accorded by his cousins any rights or privileges
cf a French prince of the blood, and he re
mained In every sense of the word a men
I ralian nobli man.
Between Prince Maximilian and the throne »f
Saxony there are now five lives namely, thus
of his • !<!• st brother, the Crown Prince; the lat
ter's three little boys, all under the age of ten.
and his other brother. Prince John George, who.
although he has been married nearly t>-n years,
remains without children. It Is therefore en
tirely within the bounds of possibility that the
royal priest may »»■ brought to supreme power.
eithe r us regent or as King, and he would then
1 1 i. *ti ci ••: - ! > J ' ( ' : Hartmeh r jr.)
be obliged to apply to the Pope for a dispensa
tion of his vows of priesthood such dispensa
tions being only rarely granted -or else he would
have to make way for the reigning Grand Duke
of Sax-- Weimar, who becomes heir to the crown
of the Kingdom of Saxony in the event of the
extinction of the so-called Albertine line, now
represented by the sons and grandsons of King
George, for it Is Impossible to conceive the idea
of a full fledged Roman Catholic pri st ruling
an essentially military kingdom in Germany.
either as sovereign or even as regent.
Th<- so-called Albertine line is the junior
branch of the Saxon dynasty, all others being
senior thereto. They are, every one of them, de
scended from Frederick the Gentle, who reigned
a.s Elector «.f Saxony from 1411 to 1464. kle had
two sons, Ernest and Albert. The latter was the
It has just been erected in Cedar Urnn (Vmctery, I'aterson.
founder of the Albertine line now represented
by King George of Saxony. From Krnest. the
elder of the two brothers, are descended the
Grand Duke <if Saxe- Weimar, the Duke of Saxe-
Ifeiningen, the Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha,
the German Emperor, King Edward of Great
Britain, King Charles of Portugal, King Leopold
of Belgium and Prince Ferdinand of Bulgaria.
It is a peculiarity of this dynasty that all of its
members, in addition to their other titles, bear
that of Duke and Duchess of Saxony, King Kd
ward, of course, being indebted for his rank as
such to his father, the late Prince Albert of
Saxe-Coburg-Gutha. King Leopold's father
figured as Leopold <>f Saxe-Coburg until elected
ruler of Belgium, and the grandfather of Don
Carlos, .it Lisbon, was known as Prince Ferdi
nand of Saxe-Coburg until by his marriage to
Queen Marie Delia Gloria of Portugal he became
King Consort of that country. It may he of in
terest to add that Ferdinand alter the death of
his wife, the Queen, contracted a morganatic al-
Mance with an American girl, a Miss Klise Bens
ler, of Boston, who still survives, bearing the
name and title of a Countess Kdla.
The new Crown Prince ««f Saxony is rather
dull and heavy wltted, differing in this respe t
from his younger brother, John, who is much
more wideawake and popular. But the new
Crown Princess is a remarkably brilliant woman
of very high spirit, with a pronounced disre
gard ror etiquette, and a tast.- for caricature and
bicycling. Indeed, her Independence of manner
and speech, quite natural in a niece of that
Archduke John of Austria who disappeared so
mysteriously under thu name of John Orth, used
to biini: her f luently into COnfUd with her
husband's aunt, the now widowed Queen Carola.
a saintly but somewhat narrow minded woman.
who is the last survivor of the historic Swedish
house of Vasa, and the only living descendant
of Kinp Gustavus Adolphus. the must heroic
figure of the Thirty Years" War. The Crown
Princess will now become first la.ly in the land,
and under her direction the Court of Dresden
will become as brilliant as it has been dull in
recent years.
One little anecdote, a personal reminiscence
about the late King Albert, is this: Like all
famous Nimrods he was very superstitious.
Among 'it her things he made a point of never
saying: "good morning" on tho days devoted to
shooting, at least, not until the sport was over,
and it was sometimes rather trying to one's
gravity to see him press the hand of his crony,
the Emperor of Austria, or that of any other of
the companions of his shooting expeditions. In
solemn silence, convinced that if he uttered one
single word of greeting the entire morning's
sport would be spoiled. EX. ATTACIIK.
CPhotcgmph by John Ilartmeier. .'"
Mrs. Garret A. Hobart. who, as the mistress of
the "Cream White Boose" in Washington when
her husband was Vice-President, wished a
high reputation as a charming and tactful
hostess, is known by her neighbors in Fatersea
for the same qualities. Her home In Carroll
and Kilis->n st?.. known as Carroll Hall. is '•*»
architecture and in appointments an ideal
American home. and. while it is cosey and com
fortable, it is also artistically furnished ant
contains many valuable works of art. Mr&
Bobart now occupies this house with her onCf
son. She devotes much of lur time and money
to charity and has a large list of pensioners
Recently she gave a tract of ground and
$-.-►< to found a home fbi the Children's DM
Nursery, of which she has been a patron lor
many years.
At the Cedar Lawn Cemetery, near ?aiprso£
Mrs Hobart has had a mausoleum erected^
which the body of the late Vice-President bos
been laid away, and which is one of the tines
structures of the kind in the country. ■■■
Doric temple, free from all ornamentation. bum
of Bam granite, at a cost of $>«♦>.•»«».
The plans were approved by Preside* He***
ley shortly before his assassination. *«
structure is 21 feet wide and 44 feet deep in
cluding the porticos, front and rear, ana --
feet 7 inches high. The front and rear roofs «
the porticos are supported by four *****
fluted columns, the mausoleum being In in
form of a double temple, with columns front
and rear, modelled after the form of the Amphro
Temple. The columns, which rise twelve «*
from the base course of steps, are surmounted
by Doric caps Th^
Double bronze doers form the entrance, TM
only light is from a window in the rear • portic*
through a heavy iron and bronze grill W
walls are 2 feet 5 inches thick, and l the .entire
structure is lined with marble, with floor an
ceiling of the same material.
Underneath the window in the centre of Jtn
rear vault is a double sarcophagus, c mo-W
chiselled from a solid block. The body or •
Hobart lies on the northerly side of tnl!
the other space is reserved for Mrs. Hobaru
On either side of the door are catacombs, m
of these are already occupied by the bodies o
Miss Fannie Hobart. who died in Italy abort
seven years ago. and the bodies of two cbiUre
who died while infants.
The crownstone of the mausoleum wei»
forty-three tons, and was the largest PjJ 0 *
stone ever brought into New-Jersey. It w
hauled from the railroad to the cemeteo *
twenty-two teams of horses. Although the
wagon tires were very broad the wh«*-JJ
into the roadbed and badly damaged .1. taa^
the great piece had to be taken from the »a»
and pulled along the road on skids.
Mrs. Bohart purchased a short time ago i J
Castle, a beautiful mansion in the Haledon HUB
which was erected about twenty-five years ±-
by John W. MacCulloch. a wealthy London
chant, who had retired from business. X
said at the time that MacCulloch had been^
every part of the world. and thai th f "*T^
landscape reminded him of the scenes £*£
boyhood days in Scotland. On that actOT m
had determined to spend the remainder f s . m
days there. He purchased three and a nan *
of' land and built the brownstone man^on,
which is 77 by 44 *eet in dimens tons. The^o
rooms were furnished »" Oriental st jle. a^
house was filled with valuable
home for the old one In tl^.f' J^J^Tty
to Bhip his belongings and to sell the P»K
Mr . Hobart bought the place at »?% <»»
tion a short time ago for $•>.-!*>. «»« »•"
vert it into a summer horn*.

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