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FIRST DAYS IN SIAM
by many canals. I met him and his wife on the voyage. They have a very cool and ventilated house, full of artistic things from the Far East.
In the evening I went with Chini to the Siamese theatre, which is very interesting for the dresses and the dances. All the parts, including those of the women, are taken by men, but this does not prevent them giving birth to children on the stage.
Bangkok, 17th. November, 1911.
My dear Ones :
I am still too excited over the wonderful ceremony which I have witnessed to-day.
In the great square before the new royal palaceais erectedaas I have already said, the equestrian statue of the late Chulalong-kom, who did so much good for Siam.
Wellato-day being the anniversary of his coronation, which took placeaI believeain 186^, there is a grand festival. And all in a somewhat pagan, though beautiful, way, came and paid homage to the great and good kingacame and bent the knee before his statueaburnt incense, placing wreaths of flowers around it.
It happened that Stone and I were there during the most impressive momentawhen the king came dressed in the national costumeatogether with his uncle, Prince Damrong, and with great humility made an act of reverence before the statue of his
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