GREAT BRITAIN: Halifax to Heaven

Groom of the Bedchamber to sprightly Edward VII when he was Prince of Wales was Viscount Halifax who lay dead last week at 95. In Hickleton Hall with many another mourner for the funeral was his son and successor who as Lord Irwin was recently Viceroy of India. Friends and relatives of the dead peer took no particular notice when a group of resolute men marched into the Hall, dragged packing cases containing family heirlooms out to the lawn, broke them open, took their pick and went their way. After someone detected this amazing theft, the funeral was held...

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