CZECHOSLOVAKIA: I Resign

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. . . ....

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