AUSTRIA: Mess

Greater aristocrats even than the Habsburgs in the eyes of many Austrians are the Starhembergs. A few years ago Ernst Rüdiger Prince von Starhemberg, the dashing, amiable head of the House of Star-hemberg—whose ancestors helped save Austria from the Turks in 1693—was not only Vice-Chancellor of Austria but favored to become Regent. He had run out of money of his own to pay his immense private army, the Heimwehr, but was receiving more cash regularly from Premier Mussolini. Suddenly the Prince proceeded to make almost as much of a mess as did...

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