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Lethbridge Daily Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 30, 1911, Lethbridge, Alberta And A Strangely Interesting Story of the The Stone of Curiously Unique Treasure Which Gives a Sort of Canny Romance to the Chair in Which George V. Will Be Crowned Dalrladic Scots to the shores of "Argyll, and having brought the ?tone with him it was used for his coronation at Dunetaffnage. Here, as we read, it It is a strangely interesting story. the story ol the chair in which King George V. will be crowned at West- minster Abbev IK June next. Its au-j remained till about SS-S 'A.D., when ihentic history carries us back to the Kenneth Macalpine brought it to ''the rime Scotland had her own and Scone was at once ths j royal city of Scone." having fixed on AX EARLY K1SEB -Busy Windsor and the coronation West- minster Abbey of the country, Th.e won the last decisive battle with the ancient Picts. Kins Gcoriee is Hard for Coronation. Kin; George is an early riser .and a hard worker, especially during the days preceding- his Coronation. After a brief walk in the grounds of Buck- ingham Palace, he sets to work upon the business of the so that by the time his private secretaries arrive palace "remains one of the most la-j All this is open to more or less i he has many matters ready for their wresting places in the neighborhood doubt. But the stone from the oanks of the Tay above North on the Among tains -_________.. another with hangings of flowered crimson velvet, said to have been worked by Mary Stuart during her imprisonment in Lochleven Castle. The gallery, 160 feet' occupies Unless the' fates are faithless grown, Majesty has no-.v engagements of one description or another for every day until well on into July, and it will be matter of the greatest difficulty to crowd any further appointments in. The Scottish race shall reigrn. THE CORONATIO CARPET Oil V V n I C? the place of the old Coronation Ila.l. It was averrea by the ancient S where Charles II. was crowned 1651. TVith the ancient Abbey of Scone are bound up some of the most uS5.iur.jir iously unique treasure, chiefly, winch a place m ..one of the gives a sort of uncanny romance to i high altar. the chair. The really authentic history of tne stone would" not be admitted by ser- ious and questioning antiquaries to go back further than the date, about OJ, when it was first found at j great seal, embedded Scone. But long persisting legend j then known as the that the stone forth rr.nsical j Scotland the Honor of Making sounds when the rightful ruler seated the Floor himself on it. but remained mute j lias the honor of making: cover the floor er Abbey for the Coro- the looms of a. great car- pet factory at Glasgow have been busily engaged upon the important task. The rtoor covering has from earliest times been a specific feature in the preparations for the stately ceremony, and in the Liber Realfs prepared for Richard IJ.. a copy of which is in the safe keepin.c of rhe The famous Stone of Destiny re- mained at Scone until the time of Ed- ward I. John Bal'.pl the last Scottish King crowned on it, and it it significant that it appears in his in what of Westminster, there is btooi. j definite order as to the "Hay cioth of or tradition brings it down from early j AS everybody knows, Bahol was de- Burner to be placed under the "King's Bible times. According to this view, j feated by Edward I. at Dunbar m feet as he goeth." At all the later was tile veritable pillow upon which 1296, and it was then that Edward coronations the carpet has been of embodied the badge and motto of the wards he sent the stone to Ireland un- der the care of his son, who invaded the island, and by whom it was set on Tara Hill. There it was used as the Ir'sli many ages. Coronation Stone for This brings us to at least the fringes the recorded secular history, when facts j boi-j-jood Of Scone. begin to conflict less with legend. It j Xotwithstanding1 its seems tolerably clear that the stone j was really used as s. sort of royal j chair in Ireland, where, we are told. an admirable background to the stone containinK an unusual proper- r.inrence of the State robes, tlon of iron. Its dimensions are: ecclesiastical vestments, the crimson 2 ft. in. long'. 1 ft. 4 in. brpad, and j of the peeresses' dresses, and the 10 in. thick. Some matter of fact military and diplomatic uniforms. persons are inclined to believe that the stone was Quarried in the noigh- removal, the prestige of Scone continued to be re- in later years. Robert the Bruce and Ms son David, Robert II., it" was known as "Lia or the james i.. and. lastly. Charles II., ail chose Scone for their Coronations. The Scottish people were very distressed about the loss of the stone. They upon its conveyance to Eng- land as a national humiliation, and i Stone of Fate. From Ireland it is supposed to have been once more carried to Spain (by Cathel, King the Scots, it is but the tradi- tion is thai it was brought back to Ireland by Simon Brach, leader of a. band of Scots, somewhere about TOO B.C. It remained undisturbed until Fergus Jlor, probably a descendant of Simon Brech, was driven out of Ireland in 503 B.C. Fergus led the MOVING PICTURES Of Coronation nnd Phonograph Rec- ords of 's Address. Moving pictures in colors of the forthcorr ing- Coronation processions and festivities are to toe taken. .This impossible when King Edward __...i _. in the treaty concluded between Ens- was for cinematography in land and Scotland in 132S its return was made an essential condition. Ed- ward III. offered that it should be sent back, but for some unkoo'.vn reason his order was not obeyed. vTlll be Worn by Peers and Peeresses Issued. The Pcsrs. white silk. The mantle of the Bath Is red. and on very hisrh State occasions the knights are entitled to wear crim- son surcoats. vests and breeches of [white satin, white stockings and shoes, v-nv -o'le" which will golden spurs, a.n.1 a high-crowned hat Not a .ew ot. .ft- jwtth a plume of white feathers. The he wcrn by peers and peeresses a, Qf _he s..ar Qf rndja Jg Qf ceremony are of historic satin, lined with white, and colors had not then been invented. It is possible that the actual cere- mony of the Coronation inside West- minster Abbey will be reproduced in the same manner if the difficulties in the way of light can be overcome. Another modern Invention that will probably be called into use in connec- tion with the ceremony is. the gramo- phone. Experiments are. now being conducted in private by the Kinc with I different types of talking machines, and if these are satsfactory a "rec- ord" or his Majesty's Coronation ad- dress will be taken, and reproductions of it sent to all Colonial Parliaments and municipal bodies throughout the Empire. In this way millions of his subjects will be able to listen to King- George's actual words with their own ears, while gazing with their own eyes upon the historical and impressive cere- mony, reproduced in all its gorgeous- ness of coloring and wealth of detail. and instinct, too. with life and move- ment. Yet. another the family rvej of modern In some they have baen i adorned with blue and silver tassels i science, wireless telegraphy, will be for'wo'hund-ed'vears'or j with a representation of the Star, used to convey the news of the great i The mantle and of St. Mich- more, and. although somewnav and St_ are of blue satin, ivhen compared with the new mantles, j ijned with scarlet silk, the hat sur- v.f.rr, with greatest by i mounted with black feathers. _. -re v.orr. icu afforded bv the though Marconi had even then shown those to whom the3 of iT.llvr. Smuire, which UP something of its immense possibil- event of the year to such ships as are Stwinsre Rappealncris nt the Lnst Georff- lan Coronation. Namely In 1S20 When King George IV. was crowned in 1S20 there were some curious oc- currences indeed. To begin with, the King hornself was -put Into an extra- ordinary fix right on the hour ap- 1 pointed for the ceremony, since his i special suit made'for the Coronation did not fit at -all when he tried to i get into it on the fateful morning. Try as he would, his Majesty could not get the clothes on as they were, and, meantime, the crowds were wait- ing impatiently for the procession. At length the attendants of the King had to CUT the garments in several places, and to fasten them together os best they could, since there was no time to do otherwise. And only by that means was George IV. enabled to get _ to his Coronation at all.' and then it was afternoon, instead of twelve o'clock. the time originally fixed: _, It is well known that, owing to a quarrel between George and his Con- sort, Queen Caroline, her Majesty was not allowed to be present at the cere- mony lest she should make a The guards of the Abbey had strict orders on no account to allow her to enter the building, so that, when 'the Queen appeared in person, and de- manded admittance, there was quite a terHblf commotion. The men on dtitv resisted as gently and carefully as possible under the circumstances. Caroline herself finally burst into_ a torrent of tears, and her evident dis- tress and passion the scene all the more shocking and pathetic. So great had been the rush or peer- fitted with the necessary apparatus. This .again, was out of the question at King" Edward's Coronation, for al- crinison velvet, and the capes are to uc powdered with bars similar to the "powdering" on the capes of peers- By the depth of the edging of fur on the mantle the degree of the wearer I is indicated. A baroness, for instance, i svears edging 1'in. of fur, a viscountess also has 2in., a countess 3in.. n marchioness 4in.. and a duchess Sin. j The length of a peeress's train upon the ground yet another sign of de- gree is prescribed by the Earl Mar- i shal as follows: Baroness, iycl; vis- j sour.xess, 1 Vi countess, marchioness, and u. uut-hesb, 2 yds. The order concerning peers is as follows: That the robe or mantle be j af crimson velvet, edg-ad with miniver, j :he cape furred with miniver pure, and powdered with 'oars or rows of srmine (.i.e.. narrow pieces of black i according to their decree, Barons, two rows; viscounts, two rows and a 'half: earls, three rows; mar- yuesses, three rows and" a half; dukes, lour rows. i In addition, It Is possible that i Knights of the Garter, the Thistle, St. Patrick, the Bath, Star of India. St. Michael and St. George, and the j Indian Empire wSll be allowed to wear I the mantles which indicate their re- j spective Orders. Jf this idea is fol- j lowed out additional splendor will be j idded to the scene in the Abbey, for J the mantles are of a' very gorgeous aescription. The mantle of the Gar- j ter for instance, is of dark-biue velvet, j lined with taffetas. With this there is i i surcoat of crimson velvet lined like 'he mantle and adorned like it. on the j [oft breast, with eight-pointed j diver-embroidered star, within which is the r-d cross of St. George, ivhole encircled by a mlnature the i bJue i The mantle of the Thistle if of rreen velvet, and that of St. Patrick U of sky-blue tabblnet, lined with esses and others for seats arid places that many of the fair aristocracy -.-ame the msht before .and camped out_aa nisrhT like first-nicrhters at a new Several duchesses and their jiriemis slept on the ground in "iaru ci. pillows, russ ami beds provided be- forehand: and one private letter irom a nobleman, who had a. house m yard, mentions "the tremendous nois and disturbance caused by G-----. owing to her deep and tent snorinsr throughout the greater part o: me- night whilst sleeping out- side the The Coronation of King- George i was the last one at which the crucial "fine's Champion" appeared at Statt" banquet "in full armor, riding into Westminster Hall on horseback, and throwing down his glove to cntUi- en-e anybodv on behalf of the mon- arch's ri'sht to the throne. Strangely on this occasion thf cham- pion "dismounted, and stumbled as he came tn kiss the Sovereign's hand; whilst so heavy and cumbersome was his armor that he could not rise with- out The around the K'.na: natiiraHy showed great mirth at tha incident, and remarked aloud that he was surely an extraordinary champion who could" not even stand on his feet, let alone rise whan once fallen, in order to continue the fight on behalf of his lord: George IV.'s "progress" from vTfst- minster Hall to the Abbey was the last of such processions at Corona- tions, and from it. for first time during seven ,the Dukes