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He is less interesting when he writes, with laborious regard for detail, the incidents of his political .Me betore ho became President, his views on a variety of social and political topics (inlerspersed with the platitudes that are r P art of his speeches), .and a lengthy defence of certain policies and ac.s which made him the target for criticism <md abuse in his own country. He concludes that the most mmulc> incidents of his career are of Merest to his countrymen—as perhaps they are He reproduces for their admiration such souvenirs as a page of manuscript written when he'was a schoolboy, a facsimile of the deed which gave him a Western ranch, a photograph oi his Nobel prize diploma, another oi the brass Buddha sent him by the Dalai Lama, a cartoon showing him on equal terms with the German Jliinperor a.s an exponent of the strenuous hie His frankness is delightful, and his *ense of humour keen. He relates little stories of his varied friends— prize-lighters, Ambassadors, ' wild Westerners, Roman Catholic priests— and of his own experiences from the time when, at the 'ago of four, he hi. his elder sister's arm and crawled gloomily under the kitchen table .to postpone the inevitable punishment.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8803, 26 February 1914

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POLICIES AND PLATITUDES. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8803, 26 February 1914