As a shy young man entered a lounge of London's Claridge's Hotel, the hastily assembled gathering of U.S., British and Rumanian newsmen shifted uncertainly in their seats. At last one or two of them heaved to their feet. The others followed suit. Gravely and with some embarrassment King Michael of Rumania bowed, then quietly, and in good English, read his statement: "This act [abdication] was imposed upon me by force by a government installed and maintained in power by a foreign country, a government utterly unrepresentative of the will of the Rumanian people.... I do not consider myself bound by...

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