March 20, 1909
The Berlin newspaper, Kreuz Zeitung, states "on the authority of a distinguished personage, who was recently in audience" by Emperor Nicholas II, that the Emperor has "expressed considerable apprehension" about the health of his wife, Empress Alexandra, according to the New York Times.
The dispatch further states that the Empress has not been able "to receive visitors," and her husband, the Emperor, is adamant that she follow her doctors' advice.
The Empress is said to be suffering from a nervous condition that resulted after the imperial yacht was in accident in Finnish waters. Since then, Empress Alexandra has been "unable to gain her mental composure."