“Where in the world is that?”
“On the northern border of India,” Frank replied, looking around at the stunned passengers.
Joe tried to break the tension. “My brother’s been reading up on the Far Eas...t,” he spoke up.
“Yes? Well, who is the real Maharaja of Kashmir?” Chet asked.
“There isn’t any. Kashmir used to be an independent nation ruled by an absolute monarch, but after World War II, both India and Pakistan tried to take it over. In 1956, India formally annexed it, but Pakistan still claims it. An assembly set up by the United Nations in 1949 abolished the monarchy. I don’t know if the man who was maharaja at that time is still alive, but even if he is, he would be much older than Mr. Jivaro.”
“Mr. who?” Miss Nash asked loudly, trying to make herself heard over the cries of some nearby passengers.
“Anton Jivaro is the hijacker’s real name,” Frank explained. “He’s an escaped mental patient my dad’s been trying to track down.”
“What!” she exlaimed.MoreLessShow More Show Less