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58                   Old Memories of East-Bourne. [Chap. V.
the Sunday morning at the Parish Church, and great preparations were made by the Vicar to receive themó preparations which many people thought unduly com≠plete ; e.g., ropes to mark off a passage to the Compton Place pews: extra police : post cards confidentially (!) warning the seat-holders to arrive early and so " avoid a crowd " as " distinguished personages " were expected !
In the early part of the summer of 1892, H.R.H. Princess Louisa (then Marchioness of Lome) came to East-Bourne in the strictest incognita, and stayed in lodgings on the sea-front accompanied by her Lady-in-Waiting, Lady Susan Leslie-Melville. I could relate a " tall " story of an incident which preceded this visit, but it would hardly do to let it appear in print, though I have several times reeled it off to friends.
Since the last named date, our late King, both before and after he became King, paid several visits to East-Bourne staying always at Compton Place; and there have been other Royal Visitors, English and foreign, but where their visits were private and informal they call for no notice here. I will complete this chapter by a brief mention of some foreign visitors of high but not Royal rank, who proved very interesting, and of some other visitors, various.
In June 1893, Prince Jules Ouroussoff, " Maitre des Ceremonies " (whatever that might be) to the Emperor of Russia, spent some weeks at East-Bourne accompanied by a very attractive daughter. We made their acquain≠tance first at the house of Sir E. Ashmead Bartlett, M.P. They came on several occasions to our house for tea and lawn tennis, and seemed to enjoy themselves very much. Both father and daughter spoke perfect English (as so many Russians do) and the Prince proved himself to be a very accomplished tennis player.
Even more interesting and amusing were the Chinese Ambassador, the Ambassadress, and their 3 children who also honoured us with their company, and seemed much to enjoy themselves, the parents engaging in general conversation, and the children in riding my children's donkey. The Ambassador it will be remembered
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