Canada: The Count

In Montreal, Alexander Navarro Fernandez (or was it Carlos Lados?) from Spain (or was it Austria?) was known as "Count Navarro." He was a dapper little man with hollow cheeks, a dab of grey mustache, and a heel-clicking ballroom manner. He lived here & there, but he liked best the expensive elegance of the Mount Royal Hotel.

He said he was a cousin to the late King Alfonso of Spain, and he drew himself up to his full 5 ft. 7 in. when doubters wanted to stick pins in him to see if he had...

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