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THE EMPEROR NICHOLAS AND HIS WARNING. Much as the Crimean war crippled Russia and hu- miliated her statesmen, Russians have good reason to be proud of their gallant defence of Sehastopol; and we are not surprised to learn that they are anxious to preserve even the minutest memory of the war. On the 15th of the present month they opened at Sebasto- pol a great Museum wholly devoted to reminiscences of the famous siege. First of all it contains portraits of the Emperors Nicholas and Alexander of the Grand Dukes Nicholas, Michael, and Constantine; and of the different commanders who directed the Russian forces. Then there are models of the fortress, models of the Russian fleet which was sunk, models of all the various arms employed in the operations, pictures ot the chief incidents of the siege, and every possible publication and sketch that can be obtained relating to the war. These were all to he collected in time t" greet the arrival of General Todtleben, who so gal- lantly sustained the s ege, and who was to open the Museum. A grand ceremony was to take place at the opening, followed by public rejoicings, and the date of all dates chosen for the occasion was that on which France celebrates her victories and her glories—the Napoleonic aiiTjiversary-Augiist 15.. Remarking upon this the Daily News says :— We pay our tribute of respect to gallant foes, and do not grudge to the Russian the pride which he takes in his stub- born though uvsuccessiul opposition to the am>ie= of p, West; yet as we read the programmes of these lejoicings we are irresistibly reminded of the Czar who raised the con- test, and of the feafui humiliation which it inflicted upon him It Killed him It may even be said that this proud, imperious spirit, which alone defied the public opinion of E irope and provoked the war, so quailed before his defeats as in a manner to commit suicide. Every message from the south brought him ill tidings, and he giew thin and haggard, his ejes sunk and weary. It was winter, and for two da a he shut himself up in his apartment-ill. On the third day it was colder than ever, yet he incited on going < ut to wit iie'i a:'VrAtid review. As he left his apartment lie met Ills physician. Dr. Mandt, and thanked him, declaring him- self better. But the doctor hung to the CYar, begging and praying him for his li e's sake not to go out. Yon are mad, Mandt," said the Emperor. Sire, >on musk resign yourself," still U'ged the doctor Do you think it would t»e daneerou* for me to go out r, the Emperor asked. "It is my duty to warn you tnat the danger is great." Well, then, Mandf, you have done your duty in warning me I will do my duty by going out." Mandt was for a moment astounded, but recovered him self, and rejoined the Emyeror just as he sprang on his hor-e But to his renewed solicitation, the Czar only replíed-" I have spoken, Mandt; 1 thank you, but to insist would be useless." The doctor then pointed to the light coat which the Emperor wore, and declared that thus cld he -as rushing on cel tain death. "What more?" tain the E nperor. The doctor, emboldened, delared that the Emperor's conduct amounted to suicide. And who permit'ed you, Mandt, to scrutinise my thoughts? Go-do not insist further-l order you After the review the Emperor returned pale—shaking— frozen I am very ill," he said to an aide-de-cimp It was immediately suggested that Mandt should be sent for. U is useless; he warned me." He warned your Majesty 1" "Yes, that I was killing myself" The aide wa shocked, but the Emperor continued: "Death! is it not the best thing for mi: ? Good-bye, old friend. I wish to sleep. Let no one disturb me" And so the proud spirit departed, crushed by the defeats which the Russians BOW, and with jus- tice, are proud to have withstood so long.

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