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The Stories Of Kossuth's Poverty

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A New York letter writer gives the 'ollowing : " It is not generally known that Koauth, the great Hungarian patriot, has a ister living in New Jersey, in a pretty ittle villa between Scotch Plains and 'ainfield, on the Central Eailroad. This ady, Madame Iiuttkay, has just returned rom a two-years' visit in Europe, where Uer time has been spent between the villa of her brother Louis, near Turin, Italy, and the residences of her nieces at Pesth, he capital of Hungary. The decree of )anishuient, forbidding the return of áadame Euttkay, and her sister, Madame ieBzlenyi, to Hungary, has now become nuil and void. It might be as well to ay here that Madame Euttkay, who, by ;he way, is a most cultivated and accompished lady, is alniost an American, havng lived lor 20 years in this country. ?he has two sons living here, one in the West and one in the East, who have both married American wives. " Mme. Euttkay informs your correpondent that her brother and his two ons are very indignant at the stories that lave been circulated about the patriot's )overty. She eays that he owns and ives in a beautiful villa near Turin, and hat both of his sons hold lucrativo and ïonorable positions. Koesuth, who is in lis 73rd year, may be said to be enjoying a green and beautiful oíd age. His incoine Í8 sufficient for all his wants, and ho devotes his whole time to scientific pursuita. Any day he may be seen wandering through the niountain roads of the vicinity, knocking off bits of rock with a ittle hammer that he alwaya carries with ïim. Geology and natural science are lis favorite studies, and he has a valuable ollection of plants and minerals. He also amuses himself with telescope and pectroscope, and is generally well and happy. He takes no active part in politics, although he never loses his interest in the welfare of his country. His friends in Hungary elect him every year to the Diet, but he never appears there, for, other reaaons aside, he would not be in accord with the party at present in power. The death of his wife about seven years ago was a severo blow to Kossuth. Mine. Euttkay informs us that her brothei has a large collection of manuscript on hand which is to be published by his sons after his death - that he is still writing, and is as eloquent as ever. The story of his poverty, which was a pure fabrication, flrat appeared in a Frankfort, Ky., paper. His sons at first supposed that the paper was published at Frankfort-on -the-Main, and wrote several lettere to that place. They finally discovered their mistake, and sent a positive denial of the story to the Kentucky edi"tor who was guilty of its publication. Kossuth laughingly says that his American frienids are not very considérate, if they believe the story of his poverty, for they are continually writing to him for his autograph, the postage on which would utterly bankrupt him if he were auch a very poor man "


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