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A History of the Gipsies by Walter Simson

Been aware you did not know my speech


could have got these words"

_specimens_ 293 Ruthven addresses her child in Gipsy--"I know that the public are trying to find out the secrets of the Gipsies, but it is in vain" 293 The threats of the tribe against those teaching the language to "strangers" _n_294 A female Gipsy, with three or four children, begging--"Curse you, take the road"--"Mother, mother, come away"--An innkeeper anxious to learn the words that dismiss importunate beggars 294 Young Andrew Steedman, of Lochgellie, communicative--Old Andrew shakes and trembles in his stable--"Rob that person" _specimens_ 295 The woman who baffled the author for seven years--"It is in our hearts, and as long as a single Tinkler exists, it will be remembered" _specimens_ 296 A women and four children--"You know quite well what he says"--"I am sure he is a tramper, and can speak as good cant as any of us" _specimens_ 298 A brother and a cousin of the Jamieson girls--"So I saw, for he understood what I said"--"To show you I am no impostor, I will give you the names of everything in your house"--"My speech is not the cant of packmen, nor the slang of common thieves" 301 Gipsy-hunting like deer-stalking--Modern Gipsy-hunting 302 Jamieson
returns--"I have been bred in that line all my life"-- "You are welcome to as many as you please"--"We can converse and have a word for everything in our speech"--He sings a song in English, and turns it into Gipsy--"Had I, at first, been aware you did not know my speech, I would not have given you a word of it" _specimens_ 304 The songs composed by the Gipsies illustrate their plunderings, robberies and sufferings, and quarrels among themselves 306 The Gipsies very fond of the Border marauding songs--"Hughie the Graeme," as a specimen 308 Sophia Scott, afterwards Mrs. Lockhart, sings "Hughie the Graeme" to the author, at Abbotsford _n_308 Sir Walter Scott interested in the Gipsies--He is afraid they might injure his plantations _n_309 The author visits St. Boswell's fair, and becomes acquainted with a Gipsy family there 309 He introduces himself by saying who his ancestors were--"God bless you! Ay, those days are gone; Christian charity has now left the land" 309 The head of the family a very superior man; merry and jocular, like many of his race 309 Their language--"The Tinklers have no language of their own, except a few

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