0Sunday. 15th [October 1905]—Ca’ Capello, Venice
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15 October 1905 — Ca’ Capello, Venice
Sunday. 15th [October 1905]. Bee & I went to morning service. A contingent of British Tars came to the service from the “Surprise” looking smart & clean. It recalled the old days when the “Antelope” used to send sailors to the services at the Embassy at Constantinople. So long ago! Mr Barratt came to lunch with us & gave me more hints on the Indian tour before me. The Admiral & Lady Charles Beresford came to see me abt 3.30. She is handsome still but painted outrageously. She wears a dress slightly open at the neck & the pink powder was carried down there to march her face. She was pleasant enough & the Admiral jolly as ever. I spoke to him about Merrifield’s son who wants to get into the navy & is the 5th generation of English sailors. The Adl kindly promised to try & help to get him into the engineering department. I told him about the Emperor’s visit to Venice last year & all the disagreeables it had brought– He mentioned what he had heard himself the Emperor say to his wife. The Kaiser was showing the Admiral some plans of a ship, wh was being built for the German navy when the Empress came into the room very quietly. The Kaiser turned to her & said very curtly “Madam, do you not see that I am engaged” at wh the poor snubbed woman bowed silently & disappeared. The Adl leaves Venice tomorrow in the Surprise. Mr James Powell came to tea & I showed him the pictures by electric light. He was so pleased he said he would like to return tomorrow morning. I went to the service at the Sailor’s Institute at 7.30 with Baker. Bee had gone to pay visits & on board the Surprise. We dined when I returned just before 9 & Bee went out to the Piazza with Sr Malagola—& I to bed–

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