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The King of the Belgians

King of the Belgians, is a sworn foe of tobacco and an ardent supporter of the Belgian Anti-Tobacco League. He is, as well, an man of "simple and severe way of life." He rises early, breakfasts sparingly, and—a rare thing on the Continent—takes his morning's tub with all an Englishman's fervor. His wide sympathies empraoe

vegetarianism in their scope, and his most notable passion, perhaps, is for going about without a hat. Whenever the weather is suitable, King Leopold goes abroad in bis garden as hatless as Adam, exulticg in hia freedom from the conventionality of a headpiece. He has some strange craze about the wind's action on the brain, and he puts his craze in practice whenever possible. In lact, eccentricity of the-intelligent kind has marked him for her own. He is a linguist of rare acquisitions, and is always deep in the study of some new langusge or other. Music is one of his aversions, but the sister art of painting finds in him an appreciative and enthusiastic amateur. His face is strong and intelligent, without being handsome, and a beard of appropriately regal length sweeps his chest.

Nicotine, the principle of tobacco, is one of the most powerful of the known nerve poisonp. It is as virulent as prussic acid. No known substance can counteract its effects.

A British Parliamentary return has been issued showing the amount of the hereditary pensions, allowances, and payments charged on the Exchequer. Tho total amount of hereditary pensions, compensations, hereditary salaries, rent charges, etc, is L 35.631. The New York ' Sun' has calculated that it would take the Falls of Niagara thirty hours to equal the flow of water which burst from the South Fork Reservoir and swept down the Coucmaugh Valley.

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The King of the Belgians, Issue 7983, 12 August 1889

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The King of the Belgians Issue 7983, 12 August 1889

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