LITHUANIA: Decline of a Dictator

Colonel Rusteika, head of the Lithuanian secret political police, lay on his bed at Kovno last week snoring soundly. Two young students burst into his bedroom, shot him in the head, stabbed him in the body. Colonel Rusteika is corporeally tough. He did not die. The students were captured. Their confession led straight to the most interesting man in Lithuania, Augustine Waldemaras, Prime Minister-Dictator of Lithuania from 1927 to 1929.

Recently fortune has frowned on kinetic, scrub-brush-headed Augustine. Year ago he was driven from power. Month ago, interned by the government on...

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