The New Emperor of the New empire.
--Who is Maximilian
is a question frequently asked.
We suppose him to be a scion of the Bonaparte family, in which there are two persons of that name, grandchildren of Eugene Beauharnais
and his wife, the Princess
Eugene was a child of Josephine by her first marriage, and a great favorite of the Emperor Napoleon, who, in 1806, adopted him as his son. He was subsequently appointed Viceroy of Italy
, and married the Princess
In 1817 he had a son called Maximilian
, who entered the service of Russia
, and in 1839 married the Grand Duchess Marie Nicolaiwena
, daughter of the Emperor Nicholas.
By this lady he has had several children, two of whom are sons--one, Prince Nicholas Maximilian
, born in 1841, and Eugene Maximilian
, born in 1847.
Is the Emperor
the elder of the two?
There is none of the Bonaparte blood in their veins; but they are so aided to that family as to be considered a part of it. The choice of such a person would be evidently a stroke of policy.
It associates with the French
dynasty the grandson of one of the most distinguished monarchs that have occupied the Russian
throne; and it would serve to add distinction and power to it. The present French Emperor
has adopted the wisdom of his uncle for his own guidance, and one part of that we know was to strengthen his position through every ramification of family ties.