National Geographic : 1960 Aug
KODACHROMES(ABOVE AND OPPOSITE, LOWER) AND HIGH SPEEDEKTACHROME© NATIONALGEOGRAPHICSOCIETY her; any ambitions he held to ascend his fa ther's throne went out the chalet window; and over every obstacle he married her. With that, Johann all but vanished from history. Royal Secret Lost at Sea The archduke's great-nephew, Johann Sal vator, is remembered for quite another reason. At the hunting lodge of Mayerling one win ter's morning were found the bodies of Crown Prince Rudolf, heir to Austria's throne, and his inamorata, little Marie Vetsera. Who killed whom, and why, are questions that have 272 perplexed and delighted dramatists ever since. But it may be that Johann Salvator knew the answer. For they say that the Emperor entrusted him with a casket containing the essential clue, and sent him into retirement. At all events, Johann Salvator renounced his title, adopted the name of Johann Ort, and lived not too unhappily in water-girt Schloss Ort near Gmunden (page 248). Years later, he acquired a windjammer, the Santa Mar gherita, put to sea, and disappeared mysteri ously and forever. Whatever secrets he had received, he kept.