Friday, March 26, 2010

Duke declines to talk about engagement to Miss Elkins

march 26, 1908

The Duke of the Abruzzi arrived tonight in Queenstown, Ireland, aboard the Lusitania, "looking well after a fine passage across the Atlantic," reports the New York Times.
Many expect that the Duke is heading to Rome "with the expectation that an official announcement of his engagement" to Miss Katherine Elkins, daughter of Senator Elkins of West Virginia, will be made.
The Duke, a cousin of King Vittorio Emanuele, granted an interview in his cabin to the New York Times correspondent, although he would not discuss the reports of an engagement. The reporter found the duke to be gracious, but when asked about reports that he and Miss Elkins are to marry, he said: "I don't wish to speak on the subject. He was told that "it was believed by many persons in America that he was going to Rome" to consult with the Italian king, he smiled and shook his head, and repeated: "I do not wish to discuss the matter."
He made a "similar reply" when he was asked about a probable engagement being made in Rome. He also asked "to be excused from saying anything whatever touching his relations with Miss Elkins."

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