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 Never Say Die.New Brooms sweep Clean. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Il Conte di Nevers, the husband of Valentina. Being asked by the Governor of the Louvre to join in the massacre of the Protestants, he replied that his family contained a long list of warriors, but not one assassin. He was one of the Catholics who fell in the dreadful slaughter (Meyerbeer Gli Ugonotti, an opera.)   1

 Never Say Die.New Brooms sweep Clean. 

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