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Queen Victoria is endowed with the " gift of tongues " ; in fact, she is one of the four most accomplished linguists among living ladies of Imperial rank, the other three being her own daughter, Victoria, the widowed German Empress; Marie Feodorovna, the Russian Czarina ; and Elizabeth, the Austrian Kaiserin. The Queen is absolute mistress of the four European languages —French, German, Italian, and Spanish—which are most interesting from a literary Eoint of view. Taking into consideration er strong predilection for the "Land o' Cakes" and for the Highland people, it is by no means surprising that Her Majesty should be " weel acquent with ta Gaelic." Some years ago she successfully studied one of the Native languages of her Indian Empire. Stamp Clerk (at post office window) " You'll have to pay letter postage on this package. It's first-class matter." Persevering author (about to send his manuscript on its seventh trial trip): *' Ah, thank you ! Couldn't you get a position as editor somewhere ?" A clergyman said to a drunken man who had fallen down on the icy pavement: - "The wicked stand on slippery placer." "Do they 1" answered the drunkard. " It's more than I can do."

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Page 2 Advertisements Column 4, Issue 8046, 24 October 1889

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Page 2 Advertisements Column 4 Issue 8046, 24 October 1889

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