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I, Willem van der Gaaf, was born at Oostwold, near Groningen (Holland) on Aug. 12, 1867. At an early age I decided to become a teacher, and passed the "Teacher's Exaniination in 188(3, and two veais later the "Headmaster's Examination .

I then applied myself to the study of modern languages, principally to English, and in 1894 obtained the B Certiflcate for this language. Since then I have devoted most of my leisure time to English Philology. For two years I attended the lectures of Prof. Uhlenbeck (formerly of Amsterdam, at present in Leiden) on Gothic and Old English, and for one year those of Prof. Boer

(Amsterdam) on Old Norse.

For a short time I also had the privilege of attending the lectures of Prof. Hoops and Prof. Neumann in Heidelberg. To all these gentlemen I beg to tender my heartiost (.hanks.