SPAIN: Decadent?

His Excellency Alfonso, Marques de Merry del Val,* Spanish Ambassador to the Court of St. James's, Chamberlain to King Alfonso of Spain, irate, took up his pen, wrote to the Sphere, London illustrated weekly, denied that Spain is decadent; answered an "arrant tissue of airy inventions" made previously in that periodical by one Mme. Bordeux on behalf of Vincente Blasco Ibanez, "notorious" Spanish novelist.

The Marques de Merry del Val, white-haired and aristocratic, took umbrage at certain statements made by the "disreputable politician and brilliant...

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