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contradict your correspondent " Seventy-eight," but the following anecdote may amuse him. Just forty years ago a famous surgeon was making a medical examination of candidates for the Indian Civil Service, and asked one of them hie height. "Only five feet three, Sir," was the answer. "Only five feet three!" exclaimed the examiner. " Why, Napoleon was five feet three; Wellington was five feet three ; /am fire feet three." Si non e rare, let the examinee be responsible. I had the tale from him forty years