Karl Wittgenstein and Leopoldine Kalmus were married on St Valentine's Day, 1874, in a side chapel of St Stephen's, the great Catholic cathedral of Vienna.
But Karl's remunerative job at the mill did not last as long as he had expected.
Following President Lincoln's assassination at the Ford Theatre on April 14, all theatre and music performances were banned and Karl's group was forced to break up.
Soon he found himself piloting a canal boat of pressed straw from New York to Washington, where he remained for six months serving whiskeys in a crowded 'Nigger-bar'.
On arrival, still in disgrace, he was dispatched to one of his father's rented farms near the small market town of Deutschkreutz, in what was at that time a part of German West Hungary.
The story of Karl Wittgenstein's rise from rebellious American barman to multi-millionaire Austrian steel magnate may be succinctly summarised.
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He had occupied seats on the boards of at least three major banks as well as a munitions company and possessed, scattered within his three main Austrian residences, magnificent and valuable collections of furniture, art, porcelain and autograph musical manuscripts. HERMINE WITTGENSTEIN Hermine (pronounced Hermeena) was the first born of Karl Wittgenstein's nine children (the second, Dora, died at birth) and his favourite child.
With immediate effect he withdrew from all of his directorships and executive positions, choosing, in the years that followed, to keep a beady eye on the industry from his office in the Krugerstrasse that was always kept open 'just in case the Minister of Commerce should drop in for my advice'.
At the time of these resignations he was at the peak of his career.
After a year spent farming at Deutschkreutz he enlisted at the Technical University in Vienna, acquiring there only as much knowledge as he felt might later be of use to him, skipping afternoon lectures and taking a low-paid work-experience job at the factory of the Staatsbahn (the national railway company).
In 1869 he left university without qualifications and spent the next three years employed in various jobs - as assistant design engineer at a naval shipyard in Trieste; at a turbine construction firm in Vienna; with the Hungarian North-East Railroad at Szatmár and Budapest; at the Neufeldt-Schoeller steelworks at Ternitz; and finally at the spa town of Teplitz (or Teplice) where he was hired, initially on a part-time basis, to help draw up plans for a new rolling mill.