By the Grace of God and by the recently expressed will of 78% of her 250,000 subjects, the Grand Duchess Charlotte, 32, reigns and rules over Luxembourg. Her richly wooded and softly meadowed realm dozes complacently between Belgium and Germany. Her capital, the City of Luxembourg, rises aloof and serene upon a small plateau. Her mild and irreproachable consort is Prince Felix de Bourbon-Parma. Last week a dire project was under way to introduce into this quiet Eden a prodigious roisterer, a mighty brawler, a veritable Serpent-Man.

This creature is one Alexander Dvorjanin Zubkov, 27, a Russian adventurer of no profession...

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