Books: The Girl with the Moneybags

Miss HOWARD AND THE EMPEROR (224 pp.)—Simone Andre Maurois—Knopf ($5).

Into Lady Blessington's London salon one evening in 1846 marched "a little man, four and a half feet high . . . with huge moustaches and pigs' eyes." He was Prince Louis Napoleon, nephew of the great Bonaparte, pretender to the French throne and newly escaped from the French fortress of Ham, where he had been dumped by King Louis Philippe for' trying to nab the throne. Exiled Louis was in search of a treasure chest from which to subsidize a fresh coup. One of...

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