SIAM: What Else?

Though many of Siam's merriest cocktails are quaffed in the rambling palace of big, fun-making Prince Svasti, His Highness can be serious—as befits the father-in-law of the King. In grim earnest last week Prince Svasti discussed the situation facing Siam since diminutive King Prajadhipok staved off a revolution by abdicating as an "absolute sovereign," and, as "constitutional monarch," submitted to de facto rule of Siam by a group of Army officers.

Mournfully over a long drink Prince Svasti said: "The King agreed to the present temporary constitution, which makes him a puppet,...

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