Foreign News: Death of a King

One hundred wives and some 700 exclusively female attendants mourned, last week, the death of their eccentric Lord: His Majesty Samdach Préah Bat Kampuchéa Sisowath, 87, King of Cambodia, and reputedly the oldest monarch in the world.* Because King Sisowath's little realm on the Gulf of Siam became a French protectorate in 1863, he has been relieved of all obligation to rule, while retaining every pomp and the privilege of reigning. Not unnaturally, this puppet king devoted all his virtually total leisure to a single classic aim: the pursuit of happiness. Royal Day. Seven...

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