International: Whose Candle?

On Midsummer Night, along the rivers of Holy Russia, the peasants used to dance and sing around the bonfires; each man floated on the water a wreath of wild flowers and grasses upon which he placed a candle, and whoever's candle burned the longest would, during the coming year, be the most fortunate one in the "village.

The summer solstice, the year's shortest night, seemed short indeed to the diplomats and Parisian socialites passing the illuminated Vendome column. They pressed into Chez Paquin, where a fashion show and ballet celebrated a fateful meeting of...

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