SPAIN: Lustrum after Lustrum

A privilege of Greatness is to speak in words which send common folk ascurrying to dictionaries. Lustrum is such a word. Last week His Excellency General Don Miguel Primo de Rivera, Marquis de Estella, Prime Minister and Dictator of Spain announced:

"In the evolution of the Spanish government the stages will be counted by lustrums. . . . Now that we are about to enter the second lustrum of our regime we will submit to the nation certain fundamental laws which will be a firm foundation sustaining the future of Spain. . . ....