Education: Window Opener

Not since Anna set off for the court of the King of Siam had a simple schoolmarm received such an invitation. The Emperor of Japan wanted to hire an American lady to teach his eldest son English, and several important U.S. educators sent in the names of likely candidates. Finally the decision came in the form of a cable. "The Imperial Household," said the cable from Japan, "has decided on Vining (repeat) Vining."

Last week, in a chatty new book,* Mrs. Elizabeth Gray Vining, 49, told what happened to her after the message...

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