0Thursday. 19th [January 1911]—Rome
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19 January 1911 — Rome
Thursday. 19th [January 1911]. Marchesa Villamarina & her daughter came to the lift & accompanied me down to the Palace doors & I left for Naples by 10 o’cl train. The Cassis were at the station to see me off. Got to Naples before 3 o’cl & went to Hotel Vesuvius where I knew the Mara Trotti is staying– Having left Baker & the luggage there I walked off in search of Pss Guardia Lombarda in Reòne Amades. I found it someway off. I wanted to know the girl Da Nora who had helped the 2 English nurses I sent to help after the Messina earthquake. She is a pretty little thing—bright & nice but frail looking. Then I met Lady Haldane who asked me to go to see her so on leaving the Guardia Lombardas I went there in a carriage she sent for me. I wanted to talk to her abt the way in wh the English hospital here is made into a public charity so as to settle abt the Venice one. She promised to send details for me to Horatio Brown. It was getting late when I left her so I hurried back to the Hotel all along the now silent sea wall. Dined, dressed & was called for by the kind Guardia Lombardas’ & taken to the S. Carlo Theatre to see La Boheme & a real old fashioned pantomimic ballet such as one never sees now. The theatre was full & beautifully lighted up the finest theatre in that way I know—far more so than our Fenice. I got back quite tired out long after midnight. Before dinner I saw Mara Trotti who is seriously ill & in bed & gave her messages from the Queen.

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