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48 are subsidized or quarantined by the Hotel Company. In the evening they give a rather low class vaudeville performance in the Beer hall below. This is supposed to to harbor the "elite" of traveling public May 4. Cabled to Celine and to son of R.H. Williams I note that Compressed Coke [[underline]] delivered [[/underline]] at home is sold in Madrid at 3 1/2 Pesatas per 40 Kilos or about 11.00$ a long ton which is decidedly cheaper than anthracite coal is sold in New York altho' Spain has to import its coal Anthracite is sold 4 pesatas 40 kilos delivered in sacs of $17.50 per long ton (1000 kilos May 5 Wrote long letter to Celine announcing receipt of cable and my views as to bakelite situation in Europe [[end page]] [[start page]] 49 also details of presents shipped Palace of the King very pretentious ugly and shabbily kept. But mounted guards in glistening helmets and glaring uniforms Decidedly hot to day in the streets whenever in the sun since yesterday but it is a dry pleasant heat An important cavalry man in shining breastplate and ditto helmet and blossoming uniform who guarded one of the outside courts of the palace ordered me away and showed his hopeless lack of information when I asked him some simple questions The Armeria is undoubdetly a fine collection of old armor (see Baedeker) May 6. (Sunday) A belated bunch of letters which had accumulated in Paris finally reaches me.
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