There were resignations and rumours of resignations.
As the queen's reign drew to its close, rumours were rife on the great subject of the succession to the throne.
It is known that soon after the death of Nero rumours were current that he was not dead.
But Tacitus, though he mentions the rumours, declares that its origin was uncertain, and in spite of such works as Profumo's Le fonti ed i tempi dello incendio Neroniano (1905), there is no proof of his guilt.
The treaty of San Stefano had led to the convocation of the Berlin Congress, and though Count Corti was by no means ignorant of the rumours concerning secret agreements between Germany, Austria Con~ss.