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El Paso herald. (El Paso, Tex.) 1901-1931, October 05, 1913, COMIC SECTION, Image 38

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King George and Queen Mary
extraordinary contest be-'
tween King George and
his mother. Queen Alex
andra, or her testamentary repre
sentatives. Is threatened.
The late King Edward left a
vast quantity of art treasures, gold
and silver plate, presents and so
forth, valued at upward of $15,000,
000. He had been a very popular
prince and monarch, and during
a long life he had received pres
ents from all over the world. The
Indian princes whom he visited
during his famous tour of India
alone sent him $3,000,000 of beau
tiful presents.
By a liberal Interpretation of an
ambiguous codicil to King Ed
ward's will, Queen Alexandra took
possession of 'all these treasures.
They included all the most valua
ble furnishings of Buckingham
Palace, which she removed to her
present London residence Marl
borough House.
'The King did not like to Inter
fere with his mother's disposition
of the property she had already
enjoyed, but the real crisis will
come when Queen Alexandra . at
tempts to dispose of them by will.
There is strong reason to believe
that she intends to leave most of
these treasures to her favorite
grandson, Prince Olaf, son of her
favorite daughter, Queen Maud of
Norway. King George and Queen
Mary naturally assert these things
should go to their oldest son, the
Prince of Wales. Queen Alexan
dra is credited with the intention
of scattering many ornaments of
the royal palaces among her rela
tives in Denmark, Russia, Greecs
and other foreign countries.
It is even said that she claims the
right to dispose of the Cullinan
diamond, the largest in the world,
which was presented to King Ed
ward by the South African colonies.
It was divided in two parts for the
sake of appearance.
The struggle for this property is
the real cause of the savage hos
tility known to exist between
Queen Alexandra and Queen Mary.
They have never appeared together
at any ceremony since King Ed
ward's death. Queen Alexandra
has on every possible occasion
usurped the social privileges of
the reigning Queen, while Queen
Mary has caused her mother-in-law
to feel a desire to stay away from
public ceremonies.
rphe disagreement arises In the
are really fighting for the treasures left by King Edward in Queen Alexandra's possession,
they may go to their son the Prince of Wales and his descendants."
first place from the hasty manner
In which King Edward's will was
drawn. The monarch's will in
England is not subject to probate
duty. The ordinary English law
relating to wills does .net apply to
the King's will at all; if it did it
is highly probable that ere this a
receiver would have been ap
pointed over the late' King's es
tate, for King Edward bequeathed
it in a manner that left his wishes
respecting the division of It open
to a good deal of doubt.
In the Summer of 1909 King
Edward's solicitor went down to
Sandringham and received the
King's instructions to draw up his
will. Sir Ernest Cassel, the finan
cier, who was a great personal
friend of King Edward, and Lord
Knollys were made trustees to the
will. Under this document Queen
Alexandra was to receive money
amounting to about $500,000 and
the use cf Sandringham Houseand
all its contents for life and also all
the gold and silver and art treas
ures at Buckingham Palace, which
were the personal possessions of
the late King. This document lat
er was submitted to the King, who
signed It after a few minor alter
ations' were made in it
Nothing more was done in the
matter until nearly a year later
when King Edward returned from
his last journey from the Continent
in what his doctors told him was
a dying condition. Sir Ernest
Cullinan -
the World's
to King
by the
Should Be
copyrigat. I9IS.
The Famous Gobelins Tapestries Which Queen Alexandra Moved from
Buckingham Palace to Marlborough House and Which King
George Says Belong to Him.
Cassel, who, with Lord Knollys,
was trustee to the King's will was
then summoned to Sandringham,
but he was out of England and
did not arrive until the day after
the monarch had returned to Buck
ingham Palace and was actually
on his death-bed. In his friend's
absence King Edwardwould give
no instructions about his will,
though he had announced his In
tention of making several altera
tions in it The financier arrived
at Buckingham Palace late on
Wednesday afternoon; to him in
the presence of Lord Knollys and
the present King George, King
Edward gave Instructions concern
ing the disposition of his personal
property, possessions and estates.
These instructions were taken
down in brief by the financier on
some sheets of foolscap, which
ny tna sur Company. Great Br I lain
Says Belong to
Royal Family
were sent to King Edward's law
yer post haste to be fully written
out as a final codicil to the exist
ing will. The codicil was to have
been signed by King Edward on
Thursday, but it never was, for
on Thursday he was In a state of
coma and he never recovered c6n
sciousness. The unsigned will dealt with a
number of bequests to personal
friends of the King, notably to one
fair friend, who received under It
an annuity of $50,000 per annum.
It was agreed between King George
and his mother, who were the
chief beneficiaries under King Ed
ward's will, to treat this unsigned
codicil so far as the bequests to
friends were concerned as if it had
been signed, but when it came to
King Edward's bequests to Queen
Alexandra as made under this doo-
Klfbta xieaerrt&i
the Right to
' Will
"Worth of
and Art
Which King
the British
(Above) Queen Alexandra
Wearing the Royal Gems and
Diamonds Which She Kept
After King Edward's Death.
(To the Left) Queen Mary,
Showing Her Comparative
Poverty in Diamonds, Pearls
and Other Mineral Wealth.
ument Her Majesty objected to It
as not truly representing her hus
band's wishes. Her Majesty had
good reasons far raising these ob
jections because the financier who
took down King Edward's instruc
tions admitted that they were giv--en
scmewhat confusedly and that
they might not represent t the
King's real wishes. "
The great point of contention
which arose between King George
and Queen Alexandra over King
Edward's will was whether part of
the money (about $500,000) left to
her by the monarch and all the
gold and sliver and art treasures
at Buckingham Palace were be
queathed to her absolutely or were
to revert at her death to the Prince
of Wales. King George maintained
(and still maintains) that the
money and treasures should revert
to the Prince of Wales; Queen
Alexandra claims that they were
left to her absolutely.
The King could not afford to
have an open rupture with his
mother on such a question. Queen
Alexandra was allowed to have
everything she claimed, and Her
Majesty, It must be added, claimed
everything in sight, from the wine
In the cellar to the flag on the roof
of Buckingham Palace.
When she moved to Marlborough
House she took all the gold, silver
and art treasures which had act
ually been purchased by or given
to King Edward. The gold and
silver treasures were put down in
the big plate room at Marlborough
House and the art treasures In
the way of old masters, statuary,
priceless old furniture, gifts from
Oriental potentates, china and
tapestries were disposed about the
different rooms at Marlborough
Over the removal of the famous
Gobelins tapestries from Bucking
ham Palace an open quarrel very
nearly occurred between King
George and his mother; the tapes
tries had been at Buckingham
vWw Mmss? irmi . 9
Dowager Queen Alexandra with Her $2,000,000 Outfit of
Pearls, Which It Is Feared She Intends to Bequeath
Away from the British Royal Family.
Palace since the early days of
Queen Victoria's reign, and it is
understood that Queen Victoria had
stipulated that they should be
kept always at Buckingham Palace.
But Queen Alexandra claimed
that they were Included In the art
treasures left to her by King Ed
(ward. Finally, the Prime Minister,
' Mr. Asquith, was sent for and on
his advice Queen Alexandra was
allowed to take them. Her Majes
ty undertook to sign a document
acknowledging them to be merely
"lent" and that Jhey might be
taken back to Buckingham Palace
in the event of her death. But this
document has, as a matter of fact,
never been signed.
The value of the gold and silver
treasures fclaimed by Queen Alex
andra were placed by the court
jeweller before they left Bucking
ham Palace roughly at $10,000,000,
but a more recent and more care
ful estimate of their value puts
the figure nearer $15,000,000.
It is understood by those behind
the scenes at Marlborough House
that Queen Alexandra will be
queath the gold and silver treas
ures to her daughter, Queen Maud
of Norway, which would mean that
Women Advisers
rE increasing attention given
by authors and playwrights
to women, their habits, dress
and occupations, has led to the birth
of a new profession that of fem
inine adviser on all things feminine.
Her business is to prevent the,
author from falling into thenumer
ous pitfalls that await him when he
describes the dress and coiffure of
his heroine.
A bright Parisienne. one of the
pioneers of the new profession, says
that many literary men live in the
provinces or live retired lives, which
give them no opportunity of seeing
feminine fashions. That Is why
their descriptions of women's dress
are so often ludicrous.
"Novels are retid mostly by
women," says , this expert, "and
nothing jars more on a woman than
an inaccurate dress description; it
they would all ultimately go to the
latters son, Prince Olaf. But if
Hex Majesty made such testament
it would hardly be allowed to take
effect without strong opposition on
the part of King George and Queen
Mary, who are quite resolved that
the Prince of Wales shall have
the greater part of the treasures.
Still stronger opposition would bs
made to any testament bequeath
ing the Gobelins tapestries away
from the direct heir to the throne.
Much negotiation is being car
ried on at the present time by Sir
Ernest Cassel with Queen Alex
andra concerning her own will,
about which Her Majesty insists
on preserving the most absolute
One thing certain is that Queen
Alexandra claims to be able to dis
pose of all that she now holds abso
lutely as she pleases.
The shrewd and diplomatic friend
of King Edward, whd Is counsel
ing Her Majesty, -may be able to
persuade her to make a testament
that will not prove contentious,
but from what -is known of her
disposition It seems more probable
that she will provoke a struggle
for the treasures of King Edward.
for Male Novelists1
spoils the most cleverly written
"A novelist, for Instance, finds It
very difficult to give an exact de
scription of the tea gown worn by
the heroine In the love scene, or the
tailor-made costume worn in the
Bois de Boulogne.
"What the modern novelist needs
to learn is the correct use of a few
technical terms. He should know
that the cashmere shawl, of his
grandmother's time is now used to
line mantles, that evening gowns
are called kimonos and are made
of crepe de chine, that hats are
made of Tagel and Ettglish straw,
and finally that mustard-colored
ribbons are all the rage."
The feminine expert nearly always
remains anonymous, but, of course,
she claims a share in the royalties
earned by the work which her a&
-rico has helped to mould. ""

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