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THE DEAD KING. The Nation's Sorrow. THE FATAL ILLNESS. FULL STATEMENT BY THE ROYAL PHYSICIANS. The et'mJr of the Lancet has received from the late King's physicians the following authorised report of the last illness of his Majesty The brief illness of the King and its rapid and fatal termination can only be understood after reference to his physical condition as a whole, when the sequence of events becomes clear. His Majesty had for some years suf- fered from emphysema. with an attendant bronchial catarrh, the signs of which were permanently present at the bases of the lungs. On several occasions digestive disturbances and other symptoms had caused his medical attendants to realise that his Majesty no longer had the reserve of constitutional power which stood him in such splendid stead after his serious üIration in 1902, and that any in- tercurrent catarrhal or bronchitic attack of a severe kind would at once call upon both heart and lungs for their fullest effort. It must here be said that those around him knew how earnestly concerned he was at the pre- sent strained position of political affairs, and this fact should not be lost sight of in an all- round consideration of the King's health. HEART ATTACK IN PARIS. On March 7th, it will be remembered, his Majesty started for Biarritz, to obtain a little leisure from these anxieties. He had re- ceived some months previously a vaccination treatment which it was hoped would secure him for some time from catarrhal attacks. He broke the journey in Paris, and on the first night there had a severe attack of acute indi- gestion with subsequent dyspnoea and con- siderable cardiac distress. The symptoms had arisen out of exertion, and yielded promptly to treatment. The next day his Majesty ex- changed visits with President Fallieres and fulfilled his ordinary social engagements. But on arrival at Biarritz it became clear that he had contracted a chill, which developed into a regular bronchitic attack, the raised tem- perature, accelerated pulse and respiration, and the physical signs in the chest occasion- ing his physician no little anxiety. The attack lasted ten days, during several of which he was confined to his bed, but the symptoms passed off, and for the rast of his visit his Majesty led his usual life, making excursions, and entertaining quietly. FRESH CHILL AT SANDRINGHAM. His Majesty came back from Biarritz on Wednesday, April 27th, better in every way, and at once took up the thread of his very full life. On Saturday, April 30th, he went down to Sandringham, feeling a little unwell, and on Sunday, after attending service, he spent a long day looking at some extensive new planting and gardening alterations, with the result that a fresh chill, was contracted. On Monday. May 2nd, he returned to London in very cold weather, feeling somewhat chilly and out of sorts. H, however, fulfilled a social engagement to dinner. That evening, on returning from dinner, "his Majesty was seen by one of his physicians, who found him complaining of some dyspnoea, with slightly raised temperature and quickened pulse and respirations; distinct bronchial crepitations were present over the bases of both lungs. He •jas-sed a disturbed night. TWO BAD NIGHTS. On Tuesday morning, May 3rd, the symp- toms had abated, he felt better, and the temperature was normal, but he suffered from much cough and expectoration and con- siderable dyspnoea. Notwithstanding the urgent desire of his physicians that he should K-st quietly, his Majesty again received official visitors and gave audiences. That evening at 7 o'olock the King told his physicians that he felt ill, and he had more than one attack of severe dyspncea during that night, the attacks not being occasioned, as hitherto, by exertion. On the morning of Wednesday, May 4th, the temperature was 99deg. Fahr., and the pulse 90, and he complained of irrita- tion in the throat. He was seen by the throat specialist who had seen him on former occa- sions, but the only condition found was catarrh, and there was now an irritable and catarrhal condition also observable in con- nection with other organs. His Majesty again, however, gave several important audi- ences. At 6.15 p.m. a consultation was held by his three physicians, who found that the two consecutive bad nights and some severe attacks of dyspnoea had told seriously upon his Majesty. THE FINAL STAGES. On Thursday morning, May 5th, his Majesty's condition was not improved; he again, however, gave audienoes. The attacks of dyspnoea were more frequent and distress- ing, and with increasing cyanosis were gravely suggestive of threatened cardiac failure. In the afternoon the Queen arrived from the Continent, and the fact that the King was not at the station to meet her was the first indication to the public that his Majesty was indisposed. With the permission of the King the physicians now issued their first bulletin The King is suffering from bronchitis and has been confined to his room for two days. His Majesty's condition causes some anxiety," which appeared in some of the I evening papers, bu not until it had been seen by his Majesty, who somewhat modified its j terms. Sir Francis Laking and Sir James i Reid remained at the Palace. PEACEFUL ENDING. Up to 4.30 o'clock on Friday morning his Majesty had a better night, but in tho early hours of Friday he had several severe attacks of dyspnoea, and when visited that morning by his physicians it w&s at once seen that the gravity of the symptoms had increased. A bulletia was issued, stating The King has passed a comparatively quiet night, but the symptoms have not improved, and his Majesty's condition gives rise to grave anxiety." Thereafter his Majesty's condition grew rapidly worse. He had more than one attack of dyspnoea of a dangerous character, following upon slight movements, from which he was only rallied by powerful remedies. About 3 p.m. consciousness began to fail, and the third bulletin was issued, stating The King's symptoms have become worse during the day, and his Majesty's condition is now critical." Consciousness never completely re- turned. The end came at 11.45 p.m., after a. prolonged period of perfect calm. FRANCIS HEXKY LAKING, M.D. JAMES REID, M.D. V R. DOUGLAS POWELL, M.D.,