George VI. Edward abdicates - 1936 - New York

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George VI. Edward abdicates - 1936 - New York - New Monarch Will Be Second Fiddle To Retiring...
New Monarch Will Be Second Fiddle To Retiring King World's Headlines to Follow Edward; Not to Fade Into Semi-Obscurity New King of England NEW YORK iff) -- As Britain's ; new monarch, the stutter - tongued. DuK-e of York -- called "Bertie" in ; royal family circles -- still will play i second fiddle in at least one respect: to his glamorous elder brother. j Inevitably, it is safe to predict, i the world's headline? will lolio-.v Edward. His life-long flare for the spec-. tacular precludes any possibility o f . his fading'into the semi-obscurity. that engulfed the log-chopping ex- KaiserWilhelm in his hermitage a t ; Doom, .the now rarely - merit l o a M ; ex-King Alfonso of Spain, and oih-: er sovereigns whose crowns have j been swept awuy by the less reman- ; tic forces of war or revolution. ; Edward Astvays News ! Ever since t h a t June evening i n ; 1894. when roly-poly. white-bo: 1 .- ; netod old Queen Victoria puffed I laboriously up the stairs of Windsor; Castle towards the cries of her i new-born great grandson and dryly: remarked, "at 'east lie has a fine.: powerful pair of lungs"--always. | Edward has made news. , By contrast, the tall, sober-faced: "Berties"--true to his backstag;. character as a second son -- never i has really inspired a headline e i t h - . er by action, speech or persDiiality. Sparkling anecdotes about "Ber- \ tie" are rare. He ju.-i doesn'i · sparkle. j " Perhaps ihe best is the story o f ; "Berties" as a small boy hmchinT; with King- Edward VII and oilier: members of the royal lamily. D u r - ; ins the meal. "Bertie" stannncringly j attempted to attract his grand- j father's attention: but King Ed- j ward, busily talking, chided him for ] interrupting: "Don't talk. lad. until we've fin-. ished luncheon." Obediently. "Bertiei" larked l i n o ; silence. Luncheon ended, the King : said: "Now then, what is it y o u ; wanted to say to me?" "Berties" gulped. "It d-doem't ; matter now. grand-papa," he s"ii 1 : glumly. "I was only g-yoiiig to tell: you there was a c-c-c£:c:rpillar i n ' your salad, but you've eaten i t ; n-now." i In a way. that story epitomizes i his whole career -- a chronicle oi unflagginu' obedience, even when bolder~initiative f s in this ens?, might have bee.i a wiser, m'jre courageous courageous coiu'se. Just as everything Edward touched touched glowed midas-like with glamor, so in reverse ratio "Bertie" seemed doomed to the prosaic. While Edward roved the world -to -to Canada, Australia, New Zealand. India, Japan, Africa. South America America and the United States -- on a series of ten "empire - welding" ictirneys that took him over more than 200.000 miles, brother "Bertie" remained at home. "Berties." quiet, self - effacing, methodical, exemplified the Ten- nysonian motto: "He also serves who only stands and wahs." Edward, brisk, nervous, a human dynamo of swift - paced energr. snapped his own motto: "Let's get on with it!" Take two speeches by the two closely - reared brothers -- both dictums packed with hard commonsense, commonsense, but how different! Said the grave - voiced Duke of York, on one occasion: "Nothing' is more important to the security and prosperity oi the empire than the keeping up of a high standard of industrial welfare." Said the flash - minded Edward, when eyebrow - raising friends ii: England chided him for calling his famous "E. P." ranch in Canada r. "ran-ch" -- with an Americanize;." flat "a" accent: "A ranch is larger than a 'rawnch --and is a paying proposition!" But if Edward shines as a gr.y. breezy "Prince Charming." steal:;!-.:the steal:;!-.:the limelight from the rather colorless colorless Duke of York, an example cf Edward's capacity for human understanding understanding and of his own huniar. worth is still worth remembering-the remembering-the poignant story told from thr- rj-jlpit of every church in England a few vears ago: On visiting a war veterans' hospital, hospital, in Canada. Edward suspected he had not been shown all the pa- tienfs. He had heard of r. "ward of the living dead." The hospital officials protested. It was too horrible. horrible. Edward insisted. And presently he stood at the bedside of a human atrocity, a relic of the war--maimed and disfigured beyond recognition, eyeless, mute and deaf. Edward turned pale. But he did not flinch. HP leaned over, and gently he kissed the blind, hideous face . . . DUKE OF YORK NEW RULER Edward Announces His Abdication; Plans to Marry Mrs, Simpson tf JL : (Continue'. From Pag? 1 you tliis. thar he wanted tc tell me something that he had Ion? wanted to tell me. "He said. 'I am going to marry Mrs. Simnson and I am preparing to so: "I said. 'Sir. that is most lews and it is impossible make any ".eminent on ii "He t?!d th? queen that n i g h t . He '.old the Duke of York and the Duke .-/. Gloucester the next day and the Duke 01 Kent who was then ci:r oi London, either en Wednesday or Thiifiday. and for the rest of t h a t vejk so far r.s I know, he was con- -·idcring that point. "Ho s;'in fcr me again on Wednesday, Wednesday, ihe 25th of Nov. "Meantime, the suggestion had keen made tc me that a pc-^bio compromise might be a; ranged. "The compromise was that Farli- anicnt should pn.-s an act enabling the- lady tc be the Kind's wife w i t h out I Eciward. said a report received by ' t h e Exchange Telegraph agency, ' intends tc leave the country, prob- \ ably tomorrow night. There was i no indication where he would meet ' Mrs. Simpson or when they will i marry. The House of Commons r 'convened at 6 P. M. tonight. (1 i M. E. S. T.I to consider legislation j i which would make Edward's atariica: atariica: ticn effective. ! Parliament will remain in session, ; it was indicated, until all the nee- essary sfjps arc taken for the abdi- , cation cf one King and the making : '. Edward, with his younger brother. ! the Duke of K e n t , spent the j fateful moments of his reign ar. '1'irreted Fort Belvedere, ths county: retreat- which has been the focal i ; point of the empire's drama. i ; Just before Parliament, heard the : \ words of abdication the new King i and the Duke of Gloucester had l i Edward's side to motor in the : ticn of Windsor. ;

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  1. The Daily Messenger,
  2. 10 Dec 1936, Thu,
  3. Page 8

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