THE NETHERLANDS: The President

Theodorus Franciscus Lombert does not look much like a power in international affairs. Born at The Hague, this meek-looking, ne'er-do-well son of a tailor spent much of his young manhood pleading in court, but the courts were primarily interested in his connections with a series of shady charities. Nonetheless, all things being possible, his neighbors at The Hague pricked up their ears in interest when Theodorus told them—in strictest confidence—of the great position he held. He was, it seems, no mere tailor's son at all, but "President Robert," the supreme head of a worldwide underground organization called the...

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