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The dusky queen of a few Pacific islands, whose husband is the elected king of a decaying handful of converted savages-the whole population under their sway, native and foreign, being little more than fifty thousand-has been received as if she were the Queen of England and Empress of India.
And why not?
A toy is a toy, and to a child the mere size or costliness is of little importance.
In monarchies the royal station tells, and whether it be an exiled Bourbon or a dethroned Bonaparte, it is much the same thing.
General Badeau, in his curious and valuable book on Aristocracy in England, describes an occasion where Prince Leopold and the Prime-minister of England brought with them in the carriage an African prince.
He looked to me, says Badeau, like any little negro boy of nine or ten; but he had his gentlemen-in-waiting, he took precedence of the Prince-minister, and he stood on the red carpet reserved for royalty alone.
The difference is tha