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Welcome to England,


Britain's Distinguished Guest,




DEPARTURE OF FRENCH PRESIDENT- M. Fallieres left Victoria at 9.48 a.m. yester- day by special train en route to Paris. At the President's own request the arrangements were quite private, no troops lined the streets, and no guard of honour was posted, but there was a great crowd to see him off. The King, the Prince of Wales, Prince Christian, Prince Arthur of Connaught, Sir Edward Grey, and a number of other notables assembled on the platform at Victoria to bid M. Fallieres bon voyage. At9.40M. Fallieres arrived from York House. He was heartily cheered as he entered the station and was conducted to the royal waiting room. King Edward walked with the President until he reached a group on the platform and his Excellency leaving the King proceeded to shake hands with all present and to say a few words of farewell to the principal members of the party. Then the President rejoined the King and together they walked to the royal saloon. His Majesty chatted pleasantly for a minute or so with his departing guest, and removing his hat seized the President cordially by the right hand and shook hands with him in the heartiest possible fashion. The Prince of Wales, Prince Arthur, and Prince Christian followed the King's example, and then M. Fallieres stepped into the saloon. King Edward and the othpr members of the party on the platform raised their hats in final salutation, and the train steamed away for Dover. President Returns on Paddle Boat. M. Falliercs, accompanied by his suite, arrived at the Prince of Wales Pier, Dover, at-- 11.35. The Brtissh Fleet and other vessels were dressed and the customary salutes were fired from the ships, which were manned in honour of the occasion. The weather was very rough in the Channel to-day, and as it would have been necessary for the President to land in a tender in the event of his going to Calais in the battleship, the French passenger vessel Le Nord was pressed into the service. The President decided to make the Channel passage in her rather than go to Boulogne in the Leon Gambetta. Thereupon his flag was hoisted upon the Le Nord, and the luggage was trans- ferred to the craft and she quickly got away, headed by the Leon Gambetta. Notwithstand- ing that a stiff N.E. breeze was blowing, the President, wearing an overcoat and tall silk hat, stood upon the paddle-box,surrounded by some of his suite, and frequently bowed in reply to the cheers of the people. As the Le Nord headed away for Calais, the British destroyers drew near to escort her part of the way across the Channel, thunderous salutes being fired. Before leaving His Excellency received the gayor of Dover and handed him JE60 for the benefit of the poor of that town. Just on the eve of departure M. Fallieres sent ashore a telegram of thanks addressed to the King. When last seen from Dover the torpedo boats composing the escort were roll- ing heavily in the rough sea. The President's Gifts. M. Fallieres has made the following gifts on his departure from London :— Francs. For the poor of London 5,000 French Hospital l. 2,000 Societe de Bienfaisance Francaise 2,000 Convalescent Home at Brighton 1,000 Governesses' Home 1,000 Society of French Teachers. 500 Oeuvre des Enfants de France.. 500 Boys' and Girls' Schools, Leices- ter-place, each 503 Making in all the sum of 13,G00fcs. (£520). M. Cambcn, in forwarding to the Lord Mayor the cheque for the £ 200 for the poor of Lon- e don, expressed the thanks of the President for the grandiose reception given to him by the City of London, of which he will retain an in- effaceable memory." A Foundling Godchild. Many stories are told of the fondness of M. Fallieres for children and his kindly considera- tion for them. Some time ago he paid a sur- prise visit to a foundling hospital in Paris, and was shown one poor little child who had only just arrived, and who was in a pitiful state of emaciation. I wish to stand as godfather to this child,"said the President, so please see hat he's called Armand." Before leaving, M. Fallieres left a goodly sum of money to be placed in Armand's name in the savings bank. Master of Ceremonies. Accompanying M Fallieres in a distinctly official capacity was M. Armand Mollard, one of the most picturesque figures in the suite. He is the Chief of the Protocol and Introducer of Ambassadors. As Chief of the Protocol M. Mollard is Lord High Arbiter of all that con- cerns Court etiquette, and it cannot always have been easy to reconcile time-honoured usages with the modern spirit of the democra- tic Presidential surroundings. However that may be, M. Mollard has succeeded admirably, and his expert knowledge of the how, when, and where of State ceremonial has made him a sort of court of reference. Gratified Sailors. Reuter's special correspondent with Presi- dent Fallieres was at Dover this morning re- ceived by Admiral .Toureguiberry aboard the Leon Gambetta, aud the Admiral gave him this farewell message The French Navy feels highly honoured by the cordial and hearty reception given to it by the British Fleet, and can never forget the kindness shown to us both in London and Dover. It is another proof of the mutual esteem existing between the navies of and S^)uEjand»" i <


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