ALBANIA: Zog, Not Scanderbeg

Dead Bird. Railways, roads, steamships and sewers are signs of civilization, but they cost money. Last week, swart Ahmed Bey Zogu Mati, King of Albania, made an effective yet inexpensive gesture toward westernizing his troubled kingdom by decreeing that in future all of his subjects must give up the old Mohammedan custom of taking the name of the town or village in which they live, and adopt good European names. Setting the fashion, Albania's King dropped the village name of Mati, dropped the u from Zogu (u in Albanian means "bird") and...

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