Ohio History Journal

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Elsewhere in this issue reference has been made to an ad-

dress delivered by our late Secretary, Emilius Oviatt Randall,

before the Kit-Kat club, entitled "Recollections of Royalty".

This address will long be remembered by those who heard it as

one of the most interesting and entertaining every delivered be-

fore a Columbus gathering. It was published in the April num-

ber of the Kit-Kat for 1918. The reader who peruses one or two

of its pages will not lay it aside until he has read it through.

Excellent as it is in printed form, it lacks, of course, something

of the charm   of Mr. Randall's personality and his inimitable

presentation. On the evening of its delivery he was at his best.

A year or more previous to this date he had been in failing

health and some of his close friends feared that he would not

regain his former strength and be able to actively participate in

the numerous societies to which he belonged. On the evening

that he presented his "Recollections of Royalty", however, he

brought to his assembled friends of the Kit-Kat Club and numer-

ous guests not only the rich treat and rare humor of his paper

but joy at beholding him again at his best and apparently re-

stored to health and vigor.

Mr. Randall in company with his father visited the Paris

Exposition of 1867. In speaking of this he said:

"The international expositions of later years have surpassed it in

size, but none of them have been so artfully organized, so admirably pro-

portioned in its several parts, so perfectly adjusted to facilitate the display

of the character and culture of each country. All eyes were turned

toward France, all roads led to Paris; it outrivalled the 'Field of the

Cloth of Gold'; never before nor since, such a concourse of distinguished

guests; within three months, the Emperor Napoleon and Empress

Eugenie entertained three Emperors, eight Kings, one Sultan, one Shah,

one Viceroy, five Queens, twenty-four Princes, seven Princesses, nine