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Pedro Paez
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One of the Portuguese missionaries in Abyssinia, Father Pedro Paez, who succeeded Fernandez, and whose memory still lingers among the native traditions of the people, not only became thorough master of the popular dialects of the various races of the Valley of the Nile, but attained a proficiency in Gheez, the learned language of Abyssinia, not equalled even by the natives themselves. A Franciscan missionary at Constantinople about the same time, mentioned by Cyril Lu-caris, is described by him as "acquainted with many languages;" but I have not been able to discover his name.

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