BULGARIA: Napoleons to Exile & Back

Napoleons to Exile & Back

The rocky isle of Saint Anastasia in the Black Sea is Bulgaria's Elba. One dawn last week in Sofia, before the hordes of milch goats were out on the streets, police burst into the homes of two Bulgar would-be Napoleons, dragged them from their beds, gave them each a few minutes to dress, bundled them off to Saint Anastasia.

Bold, black-bearded Great Exile Professor Alexander Tsankoff staged a successful machine-gun coup in 1923 and was virtual master of Bulgaria as Premier for the next five years. His companion...

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