0Friday. 22nd [December 1905]—Jodhpur
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22 December 1905 — Jodhpur
Friday. 22nd [December 1905]. We were rather lonely in our castle & the magnificence decidedly palled upon us. We wandered about the rooms & looked at their somewhat dreary details—huge framed photographs hung up so high that one could hardly make them out. The house had been originally built by the Maharaja’s Uncle for his own use & the centre room is said to be the carriage entrance for the Zenana so that they might drive into the house & dismount unseen. In the afternoon we went to have tea at the Residency with Major & Mrs Stratton & they drove us on to the Polo ground where we were received by the Maharaja himself & we saw his relatives & a few English playing Polo. They had good ponies & were excellent riders. The Maharaja who is one of the best being slightly lame was unable to play. Tea was served & sweets handed round. His son a boy of abt 7 was there & eat many sweets. The father is a very shy melancholy looking man—& rather delicate in appearance. Major Stratton had an answer from the M. of Bikaner saying he would be delighted to see us so we start tonight. Dined early & went to the station under the care of our good little Baboo who took a respectful leave of us, begging us to forgive if he had done anything against etiquette as it was the first time he had been entrusted with the care of exalted foreigners.

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