SPAIN: So I Said to the King. . . .

Still as touchy about "pride" and "honor" as in their hot youth, ten or more fiery old Spanish politicians called at the Royal Palace in Madrid last week by His Majesty's command, went in wagging their handsome white beards. As each came out he boasted of what bold words he had used to long-jawed King Alfonso XIII.

"I told the King," cried Reformist (i. e. Constitutionalist) Leader Melquiades Alvarez Gonzalez, "that it was useless to waste time trying to form any cabinet except one of men who want a new constitution!"

" 'Unless we can have that,' I told His Majesty,...

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