北京赛车心得技巧 Peter III. was a drunken, brutal, half-crazed debauchee. Catharine was a beautiful, graceful, intellectual, and dissolute woman. They hated each other. They did not even pretend to be faithful to each other. Catharine formed a successful conspiracy, dethroned her husband, and was proclaimed by the army sole empress. After a series of the wildest scenes of intrigue, corruption, and crime, the imbecile Peter III., who had fled to the remote palace of Ropscha, was murdered, being first compelled to drink of poison, and then, while writhing in pain, he was strangled with a napkin. Whether Catharine were a party to this531 assassination is a question which can now probably never be decided. It is certain that she must have rejoiced over the event, and that she richly rewarded the murderers. Surely it was a grey horse that brought me! she[Pg 305] exclaimed, and in the next minute she recognized Lostwithiel's brougham, the same carriage in which she had been driven home through the rain upon that unforgotten night when his house sheltered her, when she saw his face for the first time. F.鈥? The king, smothering his wrath, did not immediately seek an interview with his son. But the next day, encountering him, he said, sarcastically, 鈥淎h! you are still here, then; I thought that by this time you would have been in Paris.鈥?The prince, somewhat emboldened by despair, ventured to reply, 鈥淚 certainly could have been there had I wished it.鈥? 鈥楧ear Sir Thomas,鈥擨 promised to let you know the result of the election. The meeting is just over, and I am sorry to say you have not been elected. Please allow me to express my sincere regrets. 鈥淭he darkest hour is often nearest the dawn.鈥?The next day after Frederick had written the above letter he received news of the death of his most inveterate enemy, Elizabeth, the Empress of Russia. As we have mentioned, she was intensely exasperated against him in consequence of some sarcasms in which he had indulged in reference to her private life. Elizabeth was the daughter of Peter the Great, and had inherited many of her father鈥檚 imperial traits of character. She was a very formidable foe.