PETROGRAD, Jan. 10, (Correspondence of The Associated Press.)—Imprisonment has greatly affected the mental capacities of the former Emperor Nicholas II., according to a letter from the former Empress Alexandra Alix, written from Tobolsk to a former maid of honor in Petrograd, which has been intercepted. In it the former Empress gives an account of the royal family’s life in Tobolsk.
The former Emperor, she writes, seems to have grown dull and unsociable. He does not evince the slightest interest in current events, has ceased to think about the crown and only want to be allowed to live in his own way. His only regret is that he cannot live in his old palace at Livadia, in the Crimea. Nicholas dresses in civilian clothes and spends much of his time with his son, Alexis. He corresponds only with his mother.
The former Empress says that her children have become quite accustomed to their new position. Tatiana spends much time reading French literature, particularly novels, as do others in the family. Olga is much interested in housekeeping and spends most of her time in household duties. Alexis is busy with his studies and desires to travel.
Regret over the separation from her best friends is expressed by the Empress, but she writes that she and the entire family welcomed the news of peace in Russia. She hopes that with peace the Romanoff family will be permitted to go to some town in Central Russia where life is more lively than in Tobolsk.
Published: March 18, 1918.
The name of Romanoff (which, literally translated, assumes the less poetical form of Robertson,) first took its place in history at the accession of Mikhail Feodorovitch Romanoff after the expulsion of the Poles from Russia in 1612….
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