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THE TIMES: J'JliUAr, OITIWEE 15, 1920
BY SPENDING IT
Berlin, Oct. 15. Former King Fer
dinand of Bulgaria, fearing the in
roads of the tax-gather, ia enjoying
his wealth by spending it.
At Mergentheim, which he is visit
ing for the sake of the magnesia
(springs, he leads a jovial and uncon
cerned existance in striking contrast
to the cloistered seclusion of the
former German Emperor at- Amer
Under the name of Count von Mur
ray, says a. writer In -the Zwoelf-.
Uhrblatt, Ferdinand is residing at the
Kurhaus together with his suite
composed of chaplain, chamberlain,
chauffeur, footman, valet and private
secretary. His lavish expenditure
has made him popular in the- town
and surrounding country, where the
villagers see in him an emblem of
the "good old times" and greet him
with cheers as he drives past in an
The, fact that the British govern
ment has released-the former King's
sequestrated property is known to all
and has earned for hi'rn the reputa
tion, frequently - embarrassing, of
being fabulously rich. His chief
purchases are books, bronzes, pic
tures and jewels. His secretary has
a difficult task in keeping off ' the
host of people who want private aud
iences on business. A chimney-sweep
for instance, has discovered the sec
ret of turning the chimney smoke into j
high-class boot polish and wants
King Ferdinand to advance him 3,-1
000 marks for the exploitation of the
Someone also has invented an ever
burning match and he. wants money
from the Kig to convert this theory
into pracice. The secretary has much
trouble to make it clear that his
master has finally retired from bus
iness. Other aspirants to munificence
avoid ' the economically-minded sec
retary and waylay Ferdinand on his
motor excursions. , . . - e ,
A man whose ambition in life was
to shake hands with royalty received
one day a card ostensibly from the
Count-Veon Muranny inciting him -to
an audience. 'Overjoyed, he hurried
to the Kurhaus in frockcoat and tall
hat. The victim of an hoax did not
obtain the longed for audience, but
instead four new 50-mark .notes
which Ferdinand serit 'out to' him as
MYSTERIOUS RAIN "
PUZZLES DCBIJS, GA.
(By International ' NewaService.)
Dublin-, - Ga.v Oct. 15 A mysterious
rain which falls daily on a certain
spot in this' city, whether it is cloudy
or fair, cold or hot, has been going
on until it has awakened the
curiosity of" the people in' the neigh
borhood and started much talk.
On thesidewalk of Columbia street
between'' Franklin and Washington
streets there is a spot near a tree
where the rain can be seen falling in
a light shower from about 11 a. m.
to midafternoon. It is not a hard
rain but can be plainly seen and felt.
Residents in - the street say it has
trnirnr nn tbia WAV for two vears
j or more, and so far no explanation of
I it has been found.
(By International News Service.) ;
Haverhill, Mass., Oct, 15.- Coun-
terfeit ten-cent pieces are in circula- ,
tion in Haverhill, in the hands of "
merchants and others. The pieces
are so cleverly made that detection ;
They have evidently been stamped
from a brass plate. The coins are "
without . the customary milled edge.
The dime bears the date of 1907.
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