SIAM: The President & Mrs. Hoover

In dead of night, in a howling snow-storm last week the special train of Their Majesties the King & Queen of Siam entered the U. S. at Portal, N. Dak. Lean farm families and their shivering hound dogs crowded the snow-swept platform, pressed close to the brightly lighted train, peered at the Oriental monarch as at an orchid in a showcase.

Smilingly, though he was ill and coughing, 98-lb. King Prajadhipok took leave of his Canadian guard, strapping "Mounties" in red coats and wide he-hats. As they climbed down from the train, U....

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