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[109] jewels of France for his museum, which is undoubtedly the best use to make of them. A time will come, probably, when his successor will also engage the last survivors of royal families to travel with the Greatest Show on Earth, or will put them on little reservations like American Indians, or let them spend an innocent old age on quiet country farms, such as Dickens's showman planned for his giants after they had grown shaky in the knees. Recent discoveries in Egypt have shown that the person of a king may be kept in tolerably good preservation for several thousand years. But the pictured result seems to indicate that for royal mummies, as for the institution they commemorate, it is easy to survive not only usefulness, but even good looks.

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