Round as a biscuit is the floor of the private elevator of the President of Czechoslovakia and fixed in the centre is a stately chair for 85-year-old Dr. Thomas Garrigue Masaryk,, onetime blacksmith's apprentice, "Father of Czechoslovakia."

Since 1918 he has been perpetual President. Last week to a solemn gathering of Czechoslovakian statesmen the frail and hoary but still mentally great President said: "I am aware that I am no longer strong enough for the task. Therefore, I resign. ... I recommend to you Dr. Benes as my successor. . . ....

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!