Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent and Co., Ltd,
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SIAM AND CHINA
The flags were first blessed by the Buddhist priests; the king then made a speech to the troops, who took the oath, thereafter conveying the colours to the commanding officer of each regiment, who on receiving them, knelt before the monarch as before a divinity.
On the whole the ceremony was most picturesque, but the heat was atrocious.
Everywhere I meet acquaintances, the greater part of whom are Siamese, either Ministers or high officials, yet with no one do I feel so much at home, not even with De la Penne, as I do with dear Prince Damrong, whom I shall never forget. He tells me that he hopes to visit Europe next year, and, naturally, will come to Rome.
Stone, not being a journalist, cannot go everywhere as I do, but all the same we endeavour to see as much of each other as possible; at mealtimesaalways. Every now and again we arrange an escapade in the evening at the bazaar at Dusit Park, where the great Siamese ladies make languid eyes to induce us to buy their artistic wares.
This evening with Stone and all the party I go to the great Local Government ball, which will be attended by the king and all the court, [the princes and the foreign envoySes.
To-morrow afternoon : the review; in the evening : reception at the War Office. And on Sunday with a reception at the club of the ** Wild Tigers,a closes the cycle of fantastic festivities.