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Page 16, 24th January 1936 — THE WORLD AND KING GEORGE

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glass prison of his palace. He is a ruler who consults, questions, and listens with prudence and discernment. This crowned bourgeois who has lived without pomp, fulfilling all his duties, must undoubtedly win over to the idea of parliamentary monarchy many of those who think that peoples, like families, cannot do without a father above political parties, to bring them up and love them wisely according to the laws of God and men.

On Tuesday the president of the Senate, M. Jeannency, opened its meeting by a speech in homage to the late King:

All know the qualities which merited and daily earned for the King the love of his people: the natural modcsty and dignity of his life and the cultivation of homely virtues united in him with serenity and loftiness of heart and mind. Of this the jubilee of 1935 was a triumphant proclamation. France likewise knows how faithfully and uprightly George V maintained intact the traditions of his father. He, too, in hours of crisis, found the right word to say, and was a tower of strength to our troops, as to the English, on the Flanders front. The grief of the United Kingdom is indeed ours. The trial through which it is passing has but strengthened further the bonds which unite our two countries in a common love of liberty, law, and peace.


The Duke of Saxe Coburg and Gotha, who is in London, has personally communicated Herr Hitler's sorrow to King Edward and Queen Mary. The German press speaks of a more than formal grief expressed in Germany where the late King was held in the highest respect. It was he, the press recalls, who was one of the first to attempt to repair war's ravages, and reference is made to the way in which he personally helped to smooth the path of Herr von Sthamer when he came to London as the first post-war German ambassador.


On the eve of the King's death the Regeli Ujsag wrote:

The whole world awaits anxiously news of King George, who at a time when dictatorships carry on their evil work in almost every part of the world has shown that a kingdom can stand for democracy just as well as a republic can stand for tyranny.


The Irish Press, organ of Mr. de yalera's party, says:

The death of King George is one of those events which must elicit feelings of sympathy among all those who know what it is to lose the head of the family, or some other member of it who has earned the respect and affection of those by whom he is surrounded.

The Irish independent:

In his visits to this country, both before and after his accession to the throne, he displayed unfailing tact and he always met with a cordial reception.

The Irish Times:

For Ireland there was always a warm spot in his heart, and he must have been injured deeply by the official attitude towards his throne of the dominion which he helped to create. Ireland knows that George V was her friend.

The flags on government buildings, on Trinity college, the Mansion House, and many other buildings in Dublin were flown at half-mast on Tuesday, and Mr. de Valera sent a message of sympathy to the Queen on behalf of the Free State government.'


Signor Mussolini has sent the following telegram to Mr. Baldwin : The Italian people has received with profound emotion the announcement of the death of King George V, and shares with heartfelt sympathy in the grief and mourning of the British nation.

The Giornale d'Ialia wrote on Monday :

The Italian people are following the illness of the King of England with deep concern and a sincere desire for his Majesty's quick recovery. We cannot forget that King George was our ally in the Great War and that he is a sovereign of great qualities and of gallant spirit.


The Emperor of Japan has telegraphed a•message of condolence to King Edward VIII and with the Empress has sent a joint expression of sympathy to Queen Mary. The court will go into mourning for three weeks.

The Netherlands

The Amsterdam Telegraph says:

England has lost a king upon whom the entire world looked as an example of a constitutional monarch, although active behind the scenes. It can be said that his works speak for him.


Cardinal Hlond, Archbishop of GnezenPoznan and Primate of Poland, has telegraphed to the Archbishop of Westminster: With their whole hearts the bishops and people of Poland sympathise with your Excellency and the British bishops and faithful on the death of their most illustrious King. They send you their most sincere wishes that the returning spring of the Catholic religion may flourish in Great Britain under the propitious rule of King Edward.


Six weeks' mourning for the court has been ordered by King Carol, who is a nephew of the late King, as a tribute to the memory of King George.

The U.S.S.R.

M. Kalinin, president of the central executive committee of the U.S.S.R., has sent the following telegram to Queen Mary: I beg your Majesty to accept my profound condolences and the expression of sincere sympathy on the occasion of the heavy loss that has befallen the Royal Family and Great Britain.

M. Molotoff, chairman of the Council of People's Commissars, in a telegram to Mr. Baldwin, said: I beg you and the cabinet to accept the expression of my sincere condolence on the death of his Majesty King George V on behalf of myself and of the government of the U.S.S.R.

The U.S.A.

The New York Times writes:

He will be sincerely mourned, but his death will not shake the structure of British government. The King is the great symbol of national and imperial Unity, aloof from political parties and free from the strife of tongues, who goes quietly along his constitutional way while one prime minister succeeds another. To that tradition King George was loyal, and there is no doubt his successor will be also.


Yugoslavia honoured King George's memory by an exceptional tribute, namely, the holding of a special commemorative session of parliament on Tuesday. The regent, Prince Paul, is deeply grieved, for he and King George were close personal friends.

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