YUGOSLAVIA: Assassins Mourned

Fifteen years ago last week, Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, heavy-jowled, fearsomely mustached, tightly hooked into his light blue tunic, handed his wife into an automobile in front of the Serajevo town hall. A few moments later as the automobile passed by the Lateiner bridge over the Miljacka River, a volley of pistol shots rang out. The Archduke and his wife slumped forward, dead. That shooting by the Serajevo bridge, fuse of the World War, brought death to millions. Incidentally it brought independence from Austria to the province of Bosnia and the creation...

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