Books: Empire Bungler

THE SPLENDID PAUPER by Allen Andrews. 256 pages. Lippincott. $4.95.

Kipling's instructions are clear enough: ;'If you can make one heap of all your winnings;/ And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,/ And lose, and start again at your beginnings . . ." Moreton Frewen, Winston Churchill's scapegrace uncle, could do all of this and did, time after time, with astonishingly consistent results. He kept on losing.

He lost with intelligence, sincerity, style, imagination and enormous diligence in Wyoming, Monte Carlo, London, Australia and Hyderabad. His projects included cattle raising, real estate, mining, political advocacy, and remunerative marriage, as well as occasional...

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