JORDAN: Much the Same

Flashed o'er the "wires the fateful message came,

He is no better; he is much the same.

Thus in 1871 did Poet Alfred Austin report for the British people the illness of their Prince of Wales, later Edward VII. The Kingdom of Jordan boasts no such newsy poet as Britain's Laureate Austin, but last week Jordan's King Talal took to the wires to make his own attempt to chronicle the state of his health. In Beirut, Talal's younger brother Naif received three telegrams. The first read: "Expect you in our legation in Rome...

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