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You should parse this as bankruptcy under the old dispensation and judicious matrimony were added to business "push". Judicious matrimony probably means he married somebody with lots of money — i.e., somebody he chose "judiciously" (even though by the dictionary definition, choosing her "judiciously" doesn't mean that he chose her because of her money; ...


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These are references to the condition of homelessness. THE KEY OF THE STREET IT is commonly asserted, and as commonly believed, that there are seventy thousand persons in London who rise every morning without the slightest knowledge as to where they shall lay their heads at night. However the number may be over or understated, it is very certain that a vast ...


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On February 15, 1882, the Dunedin finally set sail for Britain. She was loaded with 4,331 mutton, 598 lamb and 22 pig carcasses, 250 kegs of butter, hare, pheasant, turkey, chicken and 2,226 sheep tongues. Source: How New Zealand lamb conquered Britain in the 19th century, by Andrew Forgrave, North Wales Live, 30 December 2015. Within five years, 172 ...


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Not a native either but I'll hazard a guess. he wanted to say he had a sixpenny- ha'penny longcloth to sell, he put it thus to startled customers: "Can DO you one, six half if y' like." So, he had some item that cost 6.5 pence (sixpenny-halfpenny). He used "DO" (capitals probably imply some specific intonation, stress) instead of "sell" and "six half"...


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The Hurons are a native American nation. In context, it seems that Kipps and his friends have been accustomed to play at being Hurons: He set himself to whistle a peculiarly penetrating arrangement of three notes supposed by the boys of the Hastings Academy and himself and Sid Pornick, for no earthly reason whatever, to be the original Huron war-cry. We ...


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