0Wednesday. 22nd [March 1911]—Ca’ Capello, Venice
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22 March 1911 — Ca’ Capello, Venice
Wednesday. 22nd [March 1911]. at 8 a.m. but did not go nearer than Alberoni where a steamboat from the city met us & brought us to the Riva Schiavoni where we found Giuseppe my butler & the gondola waiting to bring us to Ca’ Capello. The Whitaker party had their motor boat to take them from the Alberoni direct to Pal. Tiepoletto where they have an apartment. Mr Arbuthnot & Mr Biddulph & his boy came to stay with me. We got breakfast at 10 & unpacked & settled down– My guests ran out at once to see the town– After lunch I & Eda went over to the hospital to pay a visit to Miss Chaffey & the rest of the staff. The Whitakers came in for a moment to tell us, as they were passing the sad news of the death of Hon. Aleck Yorke of whom we had seen so much this winter in Egypt. He had died suddenly in Sicily on his way home staying with friends– He was an old friend, our families in our youths were very intimate– He had long been suffering from diabetes. It was cold & wet today & one felt the change after the sun of Egypt so we returned home to tea & the fireside. Mr Montalba paid us a visit & told us the tittle tattle of Venice. On landing this morning we observed the “Hohenzollern” anchored & we found that the Kaiser is expected on Saturday next to embark for Corfù. I recd a telegram from Lord Kitchener from Naples to say he will arrive here on Friday– When he left here in the winter he had promised to return– In the meanwhile we had both been to Egypt & back punctual to our tryst without exchanging letters. He has been round by Mombasa to shoot.

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