"The Rose Had Thorns"
Chico Weekly Record, Chico, California - Saturday, December 25, 1897

I have no idea whether this is supposed to be a news item or a joke. It's included on the front page amid obviously news-oriented headlines, but it certainly sounds like a fictional soap opera. I'm suspecting that it's a joke that I'm just not in on... If anyone as anymore information on who in the Hell Russian Rose and Count von Van der Blinkenhofen-Striffenkrause were, please write!

From the collection of The Comtesse DeSpair.

Dreadful Sentiments...