Friday, February 15, 2013

Ferdinand wants wife to stop nursing invalid soldiers

February 15, 1913

Czar Ferdinand of Bulgaria has apparently commanded his wife, Eleonore, to "cease her labors for invalid soldiers," reports the Los Angeles Times in a special dispatch.

Eleonore has been "working very hard" at Bulgaria's front and in her own hospital in Sofia, where German nuns work as nurses.

Ferdinand is said to be "terribly afraid of infection, and will not visit a hospital or "have a surgeon or a nurse near him."

He has attempted to keep his wife in "perpetual quarantine" because of her work with the the sick and wounded soldiers. 

Ferdinand is said to have "aged much" since the war began, and he "works day and night, besides feeling tremendous responsibility."

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