DEATH CLAIMS YOUNG HEIRESS

 

Mrs. Gopchevitch, the Wife of Reputed Servian Nobleman, Expires After Long Illness

 

The romantic courtship and marriage of Miss Harry A. L. Floyd and M. B. Gopchevitch, a gripman and a scion of a reputed noble Servian family, has ended in the death of the bride of a few months, who passed away at dawn yesterday.

It was the last chapter of a romance that was both pretty and sensational. Death called the young bride and heiress ere she had an opportunity to enjoy her vast wealth or take her husband to the Old World, where his title and rank might perchance have been given due recognition.

Mrs. Gopchevitch had been in poor health for some time, in fact ever since the day of her marriage last October. A few weeks ago she became very ill and all hope of saving her life was abandoned. She rallied, however, and seemed to be on the road to recovery, but a relapse set in a few days since and death claimed the young bride.

The beautiful mansion on Sacramento street where the couple lived is shrouded in gloom. The husband makes known to the world that he is prostrated and unable to receive the words of sympathy which friends offered to extend yesterday.

ROMANTIC COURTSHIP

The deceased bride had no near relatives and consequently her widower has an excellent chance of becoming the sole possessor of her princely estate or of a large part of it. Whether or not Mrs. Gopchevitch left a will remains to bee seen. It is believed that she made ample provision for her husband, to whom she was devoted.

The lovemaking of Gopchevitch was romantic. He was a gripman on the Sacramento street cable line. One day while riding downtown Miss Floyd looked into the eyes of the man who was running the car on which she was seated. Her glance was returned and each was conscious of the other's love. They beheld each other on many occasions thereafter, their acquaintance soon ripened into love, and on October 6 last the pair hied themselves to Miss Floyd's beautiful country home near Lakeport and there were made husband and wife by Judge Sayre of the Superior Court of Lake County.

No one knew if the romantic marriage, not even the closest friends of the bride. They returned to this city a few days later and informed their friends what had happened. Just how the acquaintances of the lady received the news was never made public, but she always a strong-minded person and mistress of her own affairs.

ESTATE LEFT IN TRUST.

Ever since the marriage the couple had resided quietly in this city. The health of the bride had been delicate and she was not granted the opportunity of enjoying her vast wealth. The pair were happy together.

Miss Floyd was the daughter of the late Captain Richard S. Floyd, a retired naval officer. She came of an old Southern family and her parents always had a dread of fortune hunters. When the father died some years ago he left his entire fortune to his daughter, to be held in trust by her mother. The latter died soon after and in her will she specified that her daughter was to be sole heir to the wealth of the family, but imposed certain conditions and specified that the money and property were to be held in trust for her daughter.

The San Francisco Call, Friday, February 12, 1904, p. 11:1