AUTHORESS IS DYING. BRILLIANT . AND BEAUTIFUL AMELIA HIVES AN INVALiD. Described rfs Br.t a Wreck of !Ier Former Self, S".ie Caln.ly Awaits the gammons Her I:, mantle Life A Sensational Story Won Her Kami-. (Special Letter.) Ercken In health and but a beauti- ful wreck of her foimer self, Amelie Kive3, Princess Troubetzkoi, Is now an invalid at the home ,o her father. Col. AILert Hives, in Albermarle county, Va. The final chapter of a short but romantic life is being written writ-ten and any day may witness its close. Several months Ego the Princess Troubetzkoi returned to her beautiful Virginia home from the gayeties of lift, in Par-To H ..1 nt tier own country, with her health ruined and her nervous system completely unstrung. At her stately ancestral home, "Castle Hill," she receives no one. She remains in her room ail day, refusing to hold communication even with the members of her own family. How her time is spent no one knows except the trusty colored woman who carries ah her meals and attends to her wants. It is known, however, that 6he writes at intervals, and this has given rise to the report that she is preparing another bock, which may create a sensation in the world like that produced by her first volume, "The Quick or the Dead." The life of the young princess, now evidently ncaring its end, is more remarkable than many which have been woven by the skilled pens of writers of fiction. She was born and raised among the mountains of the Blue Ridge. At 18 years of age there was no lovelier girl in Vlrelnia. Even at thnt s,rlv atra the eccentricities, now so marked, began be-gan to display themselves. She went in for literary work and produced a number of short stories of no special merit until her sensational and somewhat some-what risque book, "The Quick or the Dead," was written. In the first bloom of youth she married John Armstrong Chanler, a man considerably her senior, of grave, dignified demeanor : f ' iff ' Way AMELIE RIVES. and her opposite in almost every respect re-spect They lived- together only a short time and then separated. Some years ago, Amelie Rives-Chanler, a3 he called herself, jiet Prince Troubetzkoi, Trou-betzkoi, a Corsican. It seems to have been a case of love at first sight. The wedding, which took place in Paris, was a brillir.nt one. The prince is an artist, and hi3 Washington studio is a fashionable one. He has painted the rortrait of the queen of England and of other crowned heads of Europe. The Princess Troubetzkoi is said -to havvj amassed several hundred thousand thou-sand dollars by her literary labors, and will not want for temporal comforts com-forts during the remainder of her life.