RUMANIA: Enfant Terrible

Scandalous reports concerning His Majesty King Michael I, aged 5, were circulated last week by newsgatherers returning from the funeral of King Ferdinand I (TIME, Aug. 1). After snooping about Rumania for a fortnight, the Associated Press correspondent stated positively that:

1) The Dowager Queen Marie of Rumania calls her grandson, the King, "Mad Mickey" because of his "mischievous, impulsive nature."

2) King Michael "loves to play with fire. . . and his tutors are afraid that some day he will burn down the entire palace with, everybody in it."

3) "Probably his worst...

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