SPAIN: Importance of Being Hatless

Still Spain's "richest man," if he could escape confiscation by the Republic of his fantastically huge estates, was hawk-nosed old Don Alvaro de Figueroa y Torres Count de Romanones last week. Solemnly, fervently he declared to the Agrarian Reform Council: "Never, in all the years that I served King Alfonso [several times as Premier] did I ever avail myself of my privilege, as a Grandee of Spain, to remain covered in His Majesty's presence at Court."

By a law of the Republic former Grandees who eschewed the super-aristocratic privilege of keeping their...

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