SIAM: Homing Bird

"Elephants?" muttered the harassed Director of the Royal Household, gesturing vaguely at a huge scroll dotted with the great parade's order of march. "Why do you keep talking of elephants? Have you any idea what an elephant eats? There will be no elephants. We've added a new Daimler to the 60 cars in the royal garage and that will be quite sufficient."

In truth it did seem in busy Bangkok last week that the returning King's welcome would be more than adequate without elephants. All over the sunburnt city Siamese soldiers, sailors, royal princes and plain workmen rushed last-minute preparations....

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