NEPAL: 'Perpetual Tribute

Among the unscalable peaks of the staggering, snow-locked Himalayas is a dreary region glamorously called "The Roof of the World."

On the roof squats and reigns that absolute autocrat responsible not even to his gods. His Majesty Tribhubana Bir Bikram, proud and by no means petty Mahara-jadhiraya of the valorous, stubbornly independent Kingdom of Nepal.

Along in 1928 the good news finally trickled down from the World's Roof that His Majesty had freed Nepal's slaves back in 1926.

Again last week the gutters of the Himalayas ran news. Sometime ago— goodness knew when—and...

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