Rulers of the world at home: How they look and how they live

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The Christian herald, 1899 - Biography & Autobiography - 416 pages
 

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Page 127 - All doors must 1: 3 shut and the owner of each house is obliged to kneel before his threshold with a broom and dustpan in his hand as emblems of obeisance. All windows, especially the upper ones, must be sealed with slips of paper, lest some one should look down upon his majesty. Those who think they have received unjust punishment enjoy the right of appeal to the sovereign. They stand by the roadside tapping a small flat drum of hide stretched on a hoop like a battledore. The king as he passes hears...
Page 49 - If they will put up some bells, and let me have wood enough to keep fires, I design to be pleased. Surrounded with forests, can you believe that wood is not to be had, because people cannot be found to cut and cart it 1 The house is made habitable, but there is not a single apartment finished.
Page 360 - ... golden garments, his crown at his side ; but he wore on his head a cap decorated with large diamonds, and enormous diamond rings were on his fingers. At my left, nearer the throne, were the King's brothers and his sons ; at the right, the princes of the blood, the Somdetches, and the higher nobles. The nobility crowded the hall, all on their knees ; and on the entrance of the King, his throne being raised about ten feet from the floor, they all bent their foreheads to the ground, and we sat down...
Page 380 - ... like one in the first days of convalesence from some almost fatal fever, still smiled mechanically as the carriage rolled slowly on " Alfonso XIII. has an English governess among other instructors, but his education is under the direct and personal supervision of his mother. His exalted rank prevents him indulging in the usual sports of boyhood, and one of the stories related of him has a pathetic side in this respect. He was seen one day gazing with uncommon interest out of one of the windows...
Page 313 - A bell is the Devil's musical instrument. The angels do not enter a house in which is a dog, nor that in which there are pictures. Every painter is in Hell Fire ; and God will appoint a person at the Day of Resurrection for every picture he shall have drawn, to punish him, and they will punish him in Hell. Then if you must make pictures, make them of trees and things without souls.
Page 360 - ... and his brother were close to me on my right hand. The king came in and seated himself on an elevated and gorgeous throne, like the curtained box of a theatre. He was clad in golden garments, his crown at his side ; but he wore on his head a cap decorated with large diamonds, and enormous diamond rings were on his fingers. At my left, nearer the throne, were the king's brothers and his sons ; at the right, the princes of the blood, the Somdetches, and the higher nobles. The nobility crowded the...
Page 400 - Bosphorus, and takes his ease in a loose pembazar and gegelik with his sleeves turned up. After he has eaten all he wants, the Sultan takes his coffee and his chibouk and lies back in an ecstasy of enjoyment and quiet reverie which he calls taking his kief.
Page 283 - ... ceremony through the glass. The Emperor and Empress stood on the top step of the da'is, a few yards apart, he having the Imperial Princes and his aides-de-camp behind him on his right, and the Empress the Princesses and her ladies on her left. The Emperor, whom I now saw close to for the first time, has a very plain but interesting face. The lower part is heavy and impassive ; but the eyes are piercingly brilliant, and the brow that of a thinker. He is of medium height, and has a good figure,...
Page 144 - ... clothes might be those of any young American, not particular as to the latest mode, but his coat on ordinary occasions is invariably a frock. Jewelry and glossy boots are never in evidence, except when he wears the uniform of commanderin-chief of the army, with gemmed orders, sword, and accoutrements. A visitor quickly discovers that he is dealing with no novice of life and affairs, but with one whose responsible position has forced a precocious maturity, for Abbas's manner and words are those...
Page 199 - The German emperor is somebody. He is ever original and interesting. He animates everything with such a fulness of spirit and life, infuses into it so much sincerity, shows such a fund of knowlege and healthful activity as to electrify those around him. He is unmistakably a soldier, but no less a statesman. . . . Quick to comprehend and equally to decide, he seldom misses the proper word at the right moment.

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