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EN ROUTE TO THE FAR EAST
tained by some of my countrymen, high officials in the Siamese Public Works.
To-day it is rather hot, and, therefore, lazy. I have arranged my things and ordered another white suit as the summer here is eternal. I have also exchanged many ideas with Window. We dine together and shall, I think, be nearly always together. I have seen very little of the town, but it cannot be denied that in many spots it reminds one of Veniceaor betterasome island of the lagoon.
The arrangements for the coronation seem to be gorgeous. The king having no control does not mind expense. I really do not repent having seized the opportunity of coming to Siam by a mere chance and at such a propitious moment.
Cicco di Cola has given me a very cordial welcome ; De la Penne and I are very friendly, and then I have the little prince, who will not be much taken up with the coronation and who will surely give me some hours of his time : thus all the doors, which can be, will be opened.
Cicco di Cola in the meantime keeps me supplied with news. The Tribuna is certainly very well known and not only by Italians. It is really a great satisfaction to write for such a paper in this far-away land.
I tenderly embrace you, dear sister, Albert,* and the children.
* Baron Alberto Lumbroso, brother-in-law to the author.