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Royalty in Prison
Posted by: Denise Hansen (ID *****6694) Date: April 10, 2012 at 10:11:00
In Reply to: Dr Roy A. Miles Collins.1878. Hartington Cedar county, Nebraska. by Jens Holstein-Rathlou of 15650

From the Denver Post, dated February 8, 1912:

Royalty In Prison For Getting Money By False Pretense

Colorado Springs, Colo., Feb. 8 – Count Viggo von Holstein Rathlou, second son of Baron C.F.E. von Holstein Rathlou of Odder, Denmark, and his wife, said to be the morganatic daughter of the late Archduke Rudolph, crown prince and son of the present emperor of Austria, are locked in the El Paso county jail awaiting trial on the charge of obtaining money under false pretenses from a number of prominent Colorado Springs women.

They were here during the summer and fall conducting a “beauty parlor” and the warrant under which they are held is made out for “Mr. and Mrs. Rathlou, beauty experts.”

Enshrouding their romance is a story of love and intrigue that wrenched royal hearts and astounded many noble families in Denmark and Austria. It was for the love of a girl who left her royal home because of trouble and decided to make her own way in the world that Count Rathlou allowed himself to be disinherited to marry the girl of his choice.

The above facts are not gossip. The proof is at hand in the effects of the Rathlous found at the county jail today, which leaves no doubt as to the identity of the couple.

Rathlou, a handsome Danish soldier, sits in the jail smoking his pipe with reckless abandon.

Mrs. Rathlou, whose pronounced beauty and personality are now her only assets, reclines on a cot in the same cell repenting bitterly her rashness and soothing her 7-year-old son, as he tosses recklessly with fever. Both are too proud to ask for help; both declare that they will never seek the assistance of the royal relatives.

It was for the love of the athletic, dashing Danish count, who was visiting in America that Mrs. Lenera Collins, wife of Roy A. Miles Collins, who was shot and killed in Portland, Ore., in 1909, eloped from her husband’s home. Soon afterwards she was married to Count Rathlou in St. Louis, after which the two began a life of adventure and romance, the equal of which is seldom chronicled even by the most imaginative novelist.

To marry the bewitching Mrs. Collins, Rathlou sacrificed home, position, friends and all the luxuries that surround those who have millions at their disposal. When the father of Baron Rathlou heard that his son had married a girl of royal birth, who had broken with her family and chosen to make their own way in the world, the storm came.

The couple were thrown upon their own resources. A short time afterward, in Tacoma, Wash., they settled down to conduct a beauty parlor and were arrested under a charge of larceny as bailee [sic]. Their identity at that time, however, was not revealed. On Feb. 6, 1911, the couple were paroled and the following summer they came to Colorado Springs.

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