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SIAM AND CHINA
forthcoming arrival in Pekin of the famous Chinese writer, Ku-Hung-Ming; he will stay at the Austrian Legation. Do you remember that I wrote you a lot about him from Shanghai ?
I embrace you very tenderly, with dear sister,
Pekin, 9th April.
My dear Ones and my dear Sister :
This is the great day of the Dantesque Musical Evening.* I follow you, the guests, and the performers in our very pleasant drawing-rooms. I imagine that you will have invited every possible and imaginary acquaintance.
Has fatheras work been successful ? f Do you know that I have had nothing from you for centuries ? The last, truly a most affectionate and laudatory letter, is that of 16th March.
On Sunday with the traditional postanothing. On Monday with the unexpected postaa postcard from M. C. and thena nothinganothing ! So I am also without cuttings.
Sforza, as usual, has lent me a few hours the monster number of 21st March, which has turned out very well on the whole, but has many misprints!
* S. B. was also from far away interested in the success of a Dantesque Musical Evening, which Comm. Besso gave on the 9th April in his palace in Rome, under the direction of Maestro Sgambati.
f Here, the work of Comm. Besso (Marco Besso), a The Fortune of Dante outside Italy,a is alluded to. This bookastrange irony of destinyaappeared a few days after the death of S. B.