23rd January 1914 (Friday)

BORN TODAY: in Brussels, Belgium – Louis Prince Napoleon – Pretender to the Imperial throne of France from 3rd May 1926 to 3rd May 1997. French Legionnaire with a difference. You couldn’t make it up.

His grandson and heir, Jean-Christophe, Prince Napoléon, who is the great-great-great-grandnephew of the original Corsican, “worked and lived in New York as an investment banking analyst for Morgan Stanley” – from Master of Europe to Master of the Universe in just five generations.



Science and technology:  Meanwhile, New Zealand farmer and diarist is getting to grips with ticks, using Cooper’s Liquid Carbolic Dip –  at the rate of 1 gallon of dip to 150 gallons of water.


Global Finance: the front cover of the French magazine “Excelsior” features a cartoon under the headline “La Dette Publique de L’Europe” showing a frenchman staggering under the heaviest public debt burden in Europe.

Vive la Republique!



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