RUMANIA: Compression

"Attention! Attention!" hawked Rumania's radios. "Here is an important statement!" A pause followed. Then a dry voice spoke: "We, Michael I, King of Rumania, to all those present and those to come, good health!"

Many political changes had taken place in the country during the last years, continued the voice, rendering the monarchy little more than an obstruction in the path of progress. "Consequently," it concluded, "and fully conscious of the importance of the action which we are about to take . . . we abdicate the throne. . . . We give the Rumanian people full freedom to elect its...

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