SIAM: First Visit

The aplomb of His Majesty King Ananda Mahidol of Siam, aged 13, was first manifest two years ago when the snub-nosed, sloe-eyed little monarch requested a franc from a cameraman for chocolate before he would pose at his private school in Switzerland. The photographer demurred: "Chocolate might give Your Majesty a stomach ache." To which King Ananda majestically replied: "I never permit myself to become stomach-ached." The cameraman paid.

Last week the little King's aplomb was again a matter for comment, this time by his 14,000,000 subjects in Siam, where he arrived for...

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