SIAM: Self-Crowned

At Bangkok the towering eight-sided throne of Siam was reverently prepared to receive a new occupant, the former Prince Pracha Tipok, brother of the late King Rama IV, who died without leaving a male heir (TIME, Dec. 7), after abolishing the royal harem and breaking the ancient Siamese tradition that the King should marry one of his sisters or at least a half-sister.*

As the nobles grouped themselves about the octagonal throne, King Pracha Tipok, a slim jolly little man, approached with his...

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