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On his way to Java one year, French Prime Minister Georges Clemenceau was warned by Sir Laurence Guillemard (the Governor of the Straits Settlements) about a certain native rajah with a penchant for boasting about his virility. He would invariably ask visitors how many children they had, and would proudly reply, "I have eighty-five."

"But Clemenceau was ready," Guillemard recalled. "When he passed through Singapore, he said to me, 'I went to see your philoprogenitive rajah. As you prophesied, he asked me how many children I had.' 'What did you say?' 'I told him I had a hundred and twenty-three. There was no spirit left in him.'"

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