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SIAM AND CHINA
is only passing through with her husband, who must be an important man in Germany. They come from Pekin, where they were hardly aware of the existence of the revolution.
I embrace you tenderly,
Bangkok, 8th December, 1911.
Yesterday evening we passed a dream-like hour at the War Office, from where we witnessed a military tattoo, or torchlight procession, of the most picturesque kind, and when the soldiers, after filing past the Ministry, entered the great courtyard of the palace, the scene became perfectly fantastic. The soldiers seemed to vanish, and the torches of themselves appeared to make those artistic evolutions, finally forming a huge crown. Prince Damrong was unable to hide his satisfaction at the splendid military review of the afternoon, which demonstrates, he said, the power of Siam.
To-day in great pomp the king went from the verdant quarter of Samsen, where the most beautiful palaces and temples are situated, and where the avenues, without exaggeration, recall London or Paris, to the meeting of the roads which separate the commercial quarter from the labyrinth of the Chinese city of Sampen. Here he received the homage of his Chinese subjects, who, whilst in their own country endeavour to overthrow a dynasty, here acclaim the new king.
The king was dressed in the ancient fashion, in panum, rich tunic