Thursday, October 22, 2009

Margot soothes nerves by sewing

October 22, 1933

Princess Margot of Saxe-Meiningen is soothing her nerves by sewing, according to an Associated Press report. The German-born princess is being held at her husband's castle, Pitzelstaetten, near Klagenfurt, at the expressed order of Austrian chancellor Engelbert Dollfüss.

Margot, 21, "tall, slender and brunette," is spending most of her time in a tower room, where she soothes her nerves with needlework, "in which she is an expert. She is also a talented woodcarver. One of the most "interesting pieces of furniture," is a tiny chair that she carved for her 18-month-old daughter, Feodora. The little girl is living with her grandparents in Germany.

The AP also reports that "bedlam has broken out" at the castle because the family's five dogs "are dismayed at the absence of their master." Prince Bernhard of Saxe-Meiningen is being held in a Klagenfurt jail, and has been charged "with being a participant in a Nazi conspiracy."

The dachshunds are "running around wildly about the castle, howling, barking, upsetting suits of armor in their excited search" for the prince. Princess Margot has been unable to quiet the dogs.
It appears that dogs, especially dachshunds, do not like a "garrison of detectives watching the movements of the castle personnel."

There are rumors in the Carinthian countryside that the Knights of Carinthia, "believed to be adherents of the Nazi party," may attempt to rescue "the Nazi princess from her castle."
Correspondence and other documents, which were removed from the castle yesterday, have been perused, and have revealed to the police a "long list of names and addresses indicating a nation-wide organization" of Prince Bernhard's Nazi activities.

In Vienna, the Reichspost reports that a Coburg prince was arrested in Schladming, in eastern Styria, and was expelled from Austria.

The former Kaiser Wilhelm II's sister-in-law, Princess Marie Agness Reuss, who is married to Baron Ferdinand Gnagnoni, lives at Schloss Emersdorf, which is less than a 30 minute walk to the Saxe-Meiningen castle.

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