INTERNATIONAL: Botanist into President


Botanist into President

O whatana

O whatana

O whatana Siam

O what an ass I am!

—U.S. Schoolboys' Anthem for Siam. Quite recently the venerable and sagacious ministers of His Majesty King Prajadhipok of Siam sat in conclave over a large official letter which had reached them from remote, outlandish Europe.

Everything seemed to be in order, and the letter—on stiffest crackliest paper with a large cerise seal—asked nothing more than that the Royal Siamese Government should recognize the new Republic of Slovakia, declared just...

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