September 7, 1912
According to the latest dispatch by the Chicago Daily Tribune, "one of the purposes" of Queen Mary's visit to Neu Strelitz was a "project for the marriage" of the young Grand Duchess Marie Adelaide of Luxembourg.
It was not that long ago that Kaiser Wilhelm II "tried unsuccessfully" to arrange a marriage between Marie Adelaide and one of the Prussian princess. The Kaiser's attempt "evoked quite a remarkable letter" from the 18-year-old Grand Duchess. She wrote "quiet frankly" to Wilhelm II, and told him that she would only consider "such an alliance" if the Kaiser and the Crown prince would "take a solemn oath" to never attempt to absorb the Grand Duchy into the German empire.
The Grand Duchess recently refused to ratify a bill passed by two-thirds of Luxembourg's chamber because she believed the legislation to be "Socialistic and anti-Catholic." She has also said that she will be advised, but not "coerced by her Ministers."