Friday, June 11, 2010

Luise's creditors force action

June 11, 1898

A special dispatch from Vienna, and reported by the New York Times, says that Princess Luise of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha's creditors are bringing action against her "in an attempt to recover the money."
The princess, who is the wife of Prince Philipp of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, is accused of forging the signature of her sister, Crown Princess Stephanie of Austria, to the extent of $2,500,000.
The Vienna correspondent of the London Daily Chronicle telegraphed the following to his paper on May 10: "Princess Louise of Saxe-Coburg was conveyed to a private asylum last night. The Princess (who is a daughter of King Leopold of Belgium,) had clandestinely passed the few weeks with Lieut. Mattachich-Keglinch (with whom Prince Philip fought a duel,) her lover at his castle near Agram, Croatia. In the meantime her debts grew to millions of florins and bills bearing the alleged forged signature of the Archduchess Stephanie came into circulation."

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