THE NETHERLANDS: Bullets & Shell

Amsterdam is the city of drab workmen who cut and polish brightest diamonds, the home of landlubbing watermen who pole barges along slow canals, the habitat of buxom and sensible stenographers who pedal to work each morning upon thousands of bicycles. Amsterdam, in short, is the last place where one would expect to hear—during the decent forenoon hours, and from a stately mansion—a sequence of revolver shots.

The mansion where bullets pinged and splintered, last week, was that of socially elect Mynheer and Mevrouw Van Eeghen. Servants rushed in to find him...

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