RUMANIA: Alexander Cancelled

Some twenty days of hard work by the Rumanian Foreign Office ended last week when effeminate Count Alexander ("Lexel") von Hochberg, descendant of the ancient and glorious Piast Kings of Poland, son of the German Prince of Pless, at last—in the words of the official Rumanian communique—"consented to permit the breaking of his engagement with H. R. H. Princess Ileana of Rumania" (TIME, Feb. 10).

Bucharest papers confidently asserted that Dowager Queen Marie, who was houseboating on the Nile with Princess Ileana last week, had persuaded her daughter, who is of age...

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