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Lawyers for three Romanians Mihai Alexandru Bitu, Radu Dogaru and Eugen Darie, charged with stealing valuable paintings from a museum in the Netherlands last year, including works by Picasso, Monet and Matisse say there is insufficient evidence to charge them. Olga Dogaru told a Bucharest court Monday that she did not burn the paintings in her stove, contradicting earlier statements, news agencies reported. The court was ruling on whether to keep her under arrest.
Certainly that power was on display 85 years ago, almost to the day, when Queen Marie of Romania arrived here. Despite her domain, she was as English as the Cambridges. She was a granddaughter of Queen Victoria, which would also make her and the duke cousins, if five times removed.
Hers was a goodwill tour with a difference. The year old Marie was to spend seven weeks in Canada and the United States, and despite her high station she was in effect a beggar.
Germany had invaded Romania during the First World War, nearly destroying the country and its monarchy with it. She was accompanied by two of her children, Prince Nicolas, 23, and Princess Ileana, Schoolchildren and greybeards, fur-coated women and white-aproned butcher boys all fell captive to her charm.
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She worked at connecting with ordinary people. But there were glitches during her Montreal sojourn. A policeman on Sherbrooke St. The queen had to twiddle her thumbs waiting for the others to arrive.
Marie and her daughter duly arrived, but Nicolas was nowhere to be seen. He had slipped away from the royal tour to indulge in a private tour of his own. Thanks to some compliant Canadian National Railways officials, he had already been allowed to pilot the royal train into Toronto.
Now he was at it again, taking one of the electric locomotives used in the Mount Royal Tunnel all the way out to Cartierville and back. Meanwhile, at the Romanian church, Marie and Ileana emerged after a brief service and soon were on their way.
Cabba was distraught. Fortunately, one of the newspaper photographers on hand rounded up everyone in national costume he could see and posed them in front of the church.
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