November 14, 1902
Grand Duke Michael, the heir presumptive to the Russian throne, is said to be in "a very weak condition, according to the New York Times, which bases its report on a dispatch from St. Petersburg to Paris.
The Grand Duke has had to give up a "course of physical exercises," which he had been "pursuing under the guidance" of L.J. Phelan, an American athlete.
His Russian doctors have pronounced his condition to be "hopeless unless the climate of the Crimea works a miracle."
Grand Duke Michael was born in 1878. He is the youngest child of Alexander III and the only surviving brother of Nicholas II. In the event of Michael's death, the heir to the throne would be Grand Duke Vladimir, the Czar's eldest uncle.
Nicholas II and his wife, Alexandra, are the parents of four daughters. Grand Duke Vladimir has three sons and one daughter.