RUMANIA: Peace in the Palace

Until last week Rumania's Parliament had a handsome speaker's rostrum. After three weeks of howling insults, fist fights, hurling inkpots—all caused by Rumania's Skoda munitions scandal and the suicide of General Zika Popescu (TIME, April 10)—the rostrum was reduced to a blasted stump of kindling wood last week. The public was still in the dark on just who had bribed whom, just how much money Czechoslovak munitions tycoons had paid to win their $90,000,000 contract, and what had become of the money.

Meanwhile the purest peace reigned in the palace of King...

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