YUGOSLAVIA: Chimney Sweep

Alexander I, youthful sovereign of the five-year-old kingdom of Jugoslavia,* motored gaily last week through the ominously famed city of Sarajevo. There he saw a chimney sweep—in the Balkans an omen of good luck. Smiling, His Majesty stopped the royal motor, offered the chimney sweep 100 dinars ($1.76) for two straws from his grimy brush. Astonished and suspicious, the chimney sweep refused to sell even one straw. Outraged, the royal chauffeur revealed his master's identity: "Louse of a chimney sweep! Do you defy your King? . . ."

Soon Alexander was possessed...

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