RUMANIA: Scandal Without Carol

To its and his surprise, Rumania last week had a scandal in which King Carol had no part. In 1930 Rumania had a war scare over Soviet Russian machinations in Bessarabia (TIME, March 3, 1930), rushed to buy guns and ammunition. A French firm offered to supply them for $45,000,000. Instead Rumania bought the supplies from Czechoslovakia's great munitions firm, Skoda,* for $90,000,000. France, big sister of both Rumania and Czechoslovakia, was surprised and hurt.

Last month Peasant Party Leader Nicholas Lupu charged that Skoda's agent, one Bruno Seltzski, had gotten the...

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