SPAIN: Bourbon & Eczema

Because eczema of the foot confined Prime Minister Damaso Berenguer to his quarters in the War Ministry, King Alfonso XIII broke last week the rule that a king never calls on a minister. His Majesty called for a long, earnest talk with footsore General Berenguer. Spain has been on the brink of revolution for months. Dare His Majesty keep his promise to order elections held—the first parliamentary elections Spain has had in seven years?

Six days after the bedside visit, the latest ruling Bourbon screwed his courage to the sticking point, signed...

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