BULGARIA: Betting on the Tsar

Year ago when that gruff old Bulgarian elder statesman Nicholas Muchanoff set out on a secret mission to Rome (TIME, Feb. 4, 1929), the Italian and Greek ministers plenipotentiary at Sofia laid a fat bet.

They wagered 50,000 Greek drachma ($650) on the sovereign to whom they are accredited, Tsar Boris of Bulgaria.

"He won't marry your Princess Giovanna—not within a year anyway!" confident Greek Minister Basil Dendramis chuckled. "The Pope won't give her dispensation to marry him, and even your Duce will not dare to make...

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