A Lady's after dinner speech.
--Hitherto the Marchioness of Londonderry
has had the repute of being the sole English lady of rank who made extempore speeches.
But we see by a London paper that another lady has stepped in to claim the throne — namely, the Countess
of Fife, who made a display of her eloquence on the occasion of an entertainment given by the Earl
of Fife, to celebrate the eleventh birthday of their eldest son, the Viscount Macduff
During the evening there was a ball, and at the supper the health of the Earl
of Fife and Viscount Macduff
were severally given and honored, after which the health of the Countess
was proposed, to which she responded in a brilliant speech, remarking: "I am Scotch to the backbone.
[Loud cheers.] I glory myself in being connected with Scotland
[Renewed cheers.] I was a Hay before I was a Duff.
[Great cheering.] I wish to drink all your good healths.
I am glad to see you here, and I hope we may all live to meet on many anniversaries of my boy's birthday.
[Cheers.] I will have great pleasure in writing to him to-morrow, and when I tell him how you proposed his health, and how you all received it, I am quite sure he will be very much gratified.
[Applause.] I have great pleasure in seeing the volunteers here to-night.
I may say, that if the invader does not interfere with us, our army of volunteers, called into existence by the bear idea of invasion, will scatter the reality to the winds." [Loud applause.]