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KING CHRISTIAN OF DENMARK AND- HIS LATE MINISTER. A pamphlet has appeared at Copenhagen attributed to the brother-in-law of King Christian, .containing, amongst other things, the following deseription of a scene between Christian IX. and M. Monrad on the evening of the day on which the Ministry resigned :— The King received at daybreak from his envoy &.t Paris, Count Moltke, a telegram in the following1 terms :—" All is lost, the Emperor will do nothing more for us." There was to be on tha.t day a cabinet council at one o'clock; but Christian IX. had not patience to wait to express what he felt, and instantly sent for M. Monrad. Tha latter, seeing the extreme emotion of the King, turned pale on entering the Cabinet: See where you have led us," said the Prince, with suppressed fury, handing to him the telegram we are on the brink of an abyss. Your counsels hase lost me my last anchor of safety. All is lost if I Co not instantly change my Ministry." Such, also, is my opinion, sire," said M. Monrad, in the calmest tone; "it is not I who can conclude the only peace which it may be yet possible to obtain." "And if you had not been at the head of affairs," cried the aged Count Charles Ijfoitke, who was present at the interview, such a peace had never been possible." M. Monrad, without noticing the inter- ruption, bowed his head to the King, saying, "Your Majesty will do what yoa. deem necessary for the safety of the State, which has been my guide also in all my acts; we will retire." At these words the King burst out in a vehement tone, heard even to the ante-chamber, "You will retire now, after having consummated the ruin of the kingdom and deprived me of my most beautiful provinces. Youcr fatal work is accomplished; the shame falls on me, and you da: e to represent yourself yet as a saviour of the State. This is too much." During this explosion of anger M. Monrad preserved an icy impassibility. When it was over he said, "History will one day judge me. I have done my duty, and when (looking fixedly at Count Moltke) the conscience is clear theie is nothing to dread." He then saluted the King and withdrew. Both M. Monrad and M. Hall believed to the last in foreign assistance. When Alsen was taken, it is related that Count Moltke hastened to Vichy, but received from the Emperor Napoleon only this reply: "You have re- jected all my friendly advice, take now the conse- quences of your deluded obstinacy. I saE.nct mix myself up any more with your affairs."

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