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So great grew the disorder that the
president finally suspended the sit
ting. Alfonso realizes his danger and is
gamely trying to parrya coup d'etat.
But for all his undoubted courage and
high spirits his majesty of Spain is
taking no chances of a revolution.
He will never be caught napping as
was the unroyal ruler who so lately
fled from Portugal.
In and about Madrid tens of thou
sands of soldiers are stationed, men
on whom the king believes he can de
pend. Fifteen thousand troops are
now quartered in the city, the Escolta
Real (Royal Escort), and the impos
ing Alabarderos (Household Guards) ,
now live at the palace door.
The frail young king may look the
typical monarch of a sinking state,
but he is in reality a wide-awake ruler
with nerves of steel. His undoubted
courage, his high spirits and taking
ways actually block the growth of re
publican sentiment in Spain.
Seditious Barcelona saw him walk
ing its streets unattended and unpro-
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