Kaluga (Russia), September, 1902 - Eighteen-year-old Count Paul Kermervic became obsessed with Theodora Efimova, a beautiful actress twelve years his senior. The young man began to follow the actress from town to town, pestering her for many weeks to agree to an assignation, but the lady consistently refused his advances. Driven mad by jealously, at Kaluga he armed himself with a revolver and took a box in the theatre where the lady was appearing. Midway through the performance, whilst the actress was singing a love song, he stood up and fired at her, striking her in the heart and killing her instantly in full view of the horrified audience. The assailant was immediately arrested.Actresses and the Peerage
The one way in which the dignity of that house can be maintained is by the personal prestige and unquestionable fitness of its members for the exalted position that they hold. And that prestige — indeed, the very existence of the lords as anything but a mockery and a laughing stock — is threatened by a development of recent years which every day grows to greater and more menacing proportions. We refer to the increasing number of unions between hereditary peers and ladies of inferior station — mesalliances which strike at the very heart of the whole reason d'etre of the House of Lords.An example: May Yohe and Lord Hope.
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