BULGARIA: Burnt Tsar

A brave monarch does not hesitate when a great forest and grain fire is ravaging his realm. Last week Little Tsar Boris sallied forth to Southern Bulgaria, over which hung a wispish smoke pall. For three days green forests had been turning into fields of black stumps, white villas into red embers, and fields of ripe grain into roaring bonfires. Naturally His Majesty the Tsar, a bachelor, was accompanied into the fire zone by his good and faithful sister, Her Royal Highness the Princess Eudoxia. She, too, is brave.

Peasants and military reservists fought the flames mightily, inspired by the...

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