When The Czar Was Ill
An amusmg anecdote is told illustrative of the simplicity oí life at the Palace of Annitchkoff. It appears, says the London Standard, that when the czar's illness began to take a serious turn, Count Verontzoff DashkofT telegraphed to Mosoow to a friend to summon Prof. Zacharin. The professor was himself lili, and was somewhat loath to go, having no idea who was to be his patiënt, but thinking it was probably one of the children. Consequently he wrapped himself up in comfortable old clothes and drew on a pair of long feit boots, reaching to the thig-h, and in this plight alighted at the St. Petersburgstation. There he was met by a court official who, in spite of his remonstrances as to his dress, insisted on his coming straight to the palace, and he spent the whole nig-ht in coinpany with the empress at the czar's bedside in his traveling costume. The empress lias remarked to her friends that had her imperial husband been an ordinary individual no notice would have been taken of his illness. wViiVh was rmrai. at all serious, bat, summoned Zacharin, it was necessary to issue bulletins in order to quiet the rumore which would otherwise have arisen.
Ann Arbor Courier