The Press: De Blowitz

Just 100 years ago a babe with an enormous head and wide, staring eyes was born at the Chateau de Blowitz, near Pilsen, Bohemia. Half a century later one Henri Stephan de Blowitz, jack of all trades, paunchy ne'er-do-well, sought the Paris office of the famed London Times and audaciously asked for a job, although he admitted that he had never written a line of news in all his wastrel life.

He was given a fortnight's trial. Everyone laughed at his huge head, his flamboyant whiskers, his enormous white cravat—at what was...

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