January 24, 1906
Members of the Russian Imperial Family are suffering from influenza, according to the New York Times. Grand Duke Alexis, the Emperor's only son and his four older sisters all "have been stricken." The heir apparent's condition is complicated "by an inflammation of the ear."
Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna, daughter of Grand Duke Paul Alexandrovich, is also "down with the disease." She is engaged to marry Prince Wilhelm of Sweden.
It is believed that the infection "was brought to the palace on the occasion of the Russian Christmas. The Emperor's children "distributed Christmas gifts and mingled freely" with soldiers of the Guard.