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GEORGE  D. PRENTICE                          19
nish Days," etc., while he filled capably the position of United States Consul at Copenhagen, in Samoa, and New Zealand. In Denmark he formed a friendship with Hans Christian Andersen. Unselfish and deeply sympathetic, Guilderoy was popular with young and old. My brother and I were taken at his request to his charming parties whenever any person of interest graced them. It was on one of these occasions that I saw George D. Prentice for the first time. Celebrated as a poet and wit, his caustic remarks in the journal he edited made him the object of as much fear as admiration. Having been told that Mr. Prentice was a great man, that he was not to be talked to or stared at, my terror may be imagined when he took me on his knee; for though his heart was kind, his face, doubtless from having had many hard fights with the world, wore a stern, forbidding look, and was deeply furrowed with careworn lines. His manner was gruff, and his hands, I noticed, were soiled and ink-stained. After trotting me on his knee until I was " distilled almost to jelly" with fear, he took me across the room to ask questions, and receive answers from that uncanny little machine, La Planchette, in which he was greatly interested. The result of that meet-