SIAM: Garden of Smiles

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"Maybe half a million Siamese know who Joe Stalin is," said a high official of the Siamese court. "Fewer can identify Harry Truman. But everybody, right out to the most remote borders of the nation, knows about the King." Last week, for the first time in almost four years, the Siamese got a glimpse of their King, and Siam's 18 million cheerful, childlike citizens prepared to make the most of it.

For weeks past, the news of his coming had been heard amidst the clatter of traffic on Bangkok's twisted, crowded streets....

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