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that not more than 25,000
troops of the line could be
gathered together in England
nor a larger number in Ireland
at the present moment. It
is said that the Queen is
rendered so nervously
anxious at the aspect
of things, that her mind
is beginning to give way.
Rifle Corps of ladies are

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I am fairly certain that indecipherable word is "ladies".


Well, it might look like that, but in 1859 no female would have been allowed near such a force. There is quite a bit about the volunteer force of the time, but no clues so far what the word is, unless some sort of facetious joke??