FRANCE: The Hour Was Late

At 83, widowed and impoverished, Madame Albane de Siva had no Fairy Godmother, but she had always had very small feet. Last week when she read in Figaro that the shoemakers of Paris were holding a contest to nominate "Miss Cinderella of 1951"-the girl with the smallest feet-Madame de Siva left her tenement in Montmartre and jumped aboard the Pumpkin Coach.

In a chandeliered ballroom, among television cameras, popping flashbulbs, and flowing champagne, Mme. de Siva watched 15 giggling glamour girls trying unsuccessfully to squeeze their toes into a pair of gold...

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