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I am open to the charge of caus- ever yet been accorded to a people. ing a fatal split in that Liberal To increase the wealth of the naparty to which I have the honour tion and to foster its Christian to belong. Gentlemen, I regret to spirit, will be recognised by me as say that in some instances the a primary duty, if I am honoured members of that party have not with the high trust of being your been true to the principles which representative in the Commons they profess, and have issued ad- House of Parliament.” dresses almost identical in the Now comes Bodwinkle's address, terms they employ and in the written by the versatile author of measures they advocate with those the last :of the Liberal-Conservative party. “Gentlemen,-The appearance of It is no satisfaction to me to be a third candidate in the Liberal told that there are as many false interest within the last few days Conservatives as there are false induces me to break the silence Liberals. As a friend of the peo which I have up to this time preple I am opposed to all compro- served. I have observed with pain mises, and will unflinchingly ex- that in many instances the addresses pose treachery in the camp. You issued by gentlemen calling themwill find that my political views selves Liberal - Conservatives or are clear and decided
Conservative Reformers, are of the “Though a member of the Church most subversive tendency, and enof England, I am in favour of the tirely opposed to the spirit of that total abolition of Church-rates, as old and enlightened party to which I believe that you will spiritualise I have the honour to belong. I the Church precisely in proportion repudiate, therefore, entirely that as you starve it.
temporising language which a large “I am in favour of an extension number of candidates calling themof the franchise to such an extent selves Conservatives hold, and as will comprise all the working which it has suited one of my classes, and thus pave the way to opponents who calls himself a that universal suffrage in which I Liberal to adopt. I believe I shall myself shall be included, and for best recommend myself to this conthe first time enjoy the privilege stituency by an honest and unof voting.
swerving advocacy of those views “I am opposed to poverty in any which the Tory party of this counform, and the Union Chargeability try bave invariably maintained. Bill has my entire concurrence. More fondly attached, if possible, to
“Should I fail to be returned as the Church of England than I was your member upon this occasion, upon the occasion when I last adI shall be in favour of a redistribu dressed you, I am more than ever tion of seats.
convinced that money is the only “I believe that an era of uni- thing that keeps it going. I am versal peace is dawning upon the therefore entirely opposed to the world, and I am therefore an advo- abolition of those rates which form cate of the total suppression of our the foundation of that pillar upon armaments both by sea and land. which the State has been accus
“I think that the Christian spirit tomed securely to repose. displayed in our foreign policy “I am opposed to the enfranchisewhich has induced us to court ment of the working-man, as, in the national insult for the purpose of probable event of a combination besetting an example of forbearance, tween the labouring classes and the and which has enabled us humbly aristocracy, that middle class to but surely to extend our commercial which I have the honour to belong relations, has procured for us the would cease to direct the destinies highest moral position which has of the country. Any lateral measure of reform, unattended, how In default of any great question of ever, by a vertical movement, which national importance, the rival poshould exclude this possibility, will litical parties are reduced to the have my entire concurrence.
lamentable predicament of hav“I am in favour of a measure ing nothing to fight for except which shall largely increase the office. As I have never taken the armaments of the country, and at slightest interest in the fortunes of the same time reduce the cost of either party, except as embodying their maintenance.
or representing the triumph of cer“I have profound confidence in tain principles, the disappearance the policy of the great Conserva- of those principles, and the diffitive party in their relations with culty of distinguishing by their foreign nations. The fact that they expressed opinions between one have hitherto declined to define party and the other, renders it quite what that policy is, renders it im- impossible for me to follow the possible for me to enter more fully example of the candidates on both into this subject at present.
sides and to stand upon-nothing ! “In a word, should you do me the Gentlemen, I have no doubt that honour to return me as your mem- before very long something will ber, you will find me Liberal only turn up for me to stand upon. I in my views as to the modes in will wait till then. Meantime, I which money may be acquired, and feel that to profess any decided Conservative always when there is convictions upon matters either a question of expenditure."
of home or foreign politics at this It is a grand idea but a great juncture would be considered in experiment this of having convic- bad taste, if not impertinent, and tions, which Spiffy has just started, I shall therefore reserve whatever I thought I. I have been cursed with have to say for a future occasion, them all my life, but never could when the exigencies of the country turn them to account. Now in may render it absolutely necessary this case, for instance, he is using that some individual in it should convictions- postiche convictions have an opinion." certainly—to get Bodwinkle into There, I don't think I need say Parliament; the result of my con- anything more. I meant to have victions is, that if I express them written these Dunderheadians they will turn me out. A prophet something that would have made is without honour in his own coun- them remember me after I was try, more especially when the whole gone; but I am getting sleepy, and constituency has become sceptical they would not have understood it. and apathetic. I shall issue an I will give £1000 to be applied to address to the free and indepen- the wants of the municipality indent electors of Dunderhead. And stead. “In conclusion," I went on, under the inspiration of the mo- “I beg to offer a tribute to the ment I wrote as follows :
only article of political faith in “Gentlemen,- In announcing which you still believe, and to place my intention not to solicit your £1000 at the disposal of the mayor suffrages at the approaching general and corporation, which, in addition election, I feel that it is due to to the money spent in the contest you that I should state the reason that my retirement will render why I do not again seek the high inevitable, will, I trust, not only be honour which you have upon two of substantial service to the borprevious occasions conferred upon ough, but secure my re-election me, of representing you in Parlia- upon any future occasion. ment. The prosperity of the coun
FRANK VANECOVE.” try is now so great that I feel it has no further need of my services. Good night, Dunderheadians. If
in spite of this you send me a requi- there until I should hear from Lady sition to stand again, I will decline Broadbrim; and although I was on a ground simple enough even anxious to consult her upon many for your comprehensions—It is too business matters, I preferred letting hot!
them remain in abeyance to courtIt was no business of mine, after ing an interview which I dreaded. the explanation which I had had At last I began to think Lady with Lady Ursula upon the subject Broadbrim's silence rather ominous. of our rumoured engagement, to I felt that a thunder-cloud had been revert to the topic with any of her gathering for some time past, and family. If Lady Broadbrim was that the sooner it burst the better. dissatisfied with the position of af. I occasionally found myself walking fairs, I supposed that I should hear past the door of the house, and of it quite soon enough; my only wondering what was going on inanxiety was about Ursula herself. side it. I felt that there would be I trembled for her domestic peace something undignified about pumpand comfort. Broadbrim's few ing Broadbrim, and yet every time words about his sister's happiness I met him I experienced an irreunder the altered circumstances sistible desire to do so. were very significant, and I deter- At last one day he volunteered a mined therefore to get her lady- remark, from which I gathered that ship as much in my power as pos- he was as anxious for information sible, by exercising to its utmost as I was. “Have you seen my moextent the right which I had wrung ther lately?” he began. from her of a full control over her “Not for weeks.' pecuniary affairs. If my wealth did “Do you know she is carrying on not enable me to purchase my own in a lot of things just the same as happiness, it should at least enable ever ?” me to secure the happiness of her “I don't think that possible," I whom I loved best in the world. said ; "she could do nothing withI had never wavered in my resolu- out my knowledge." tion somehow or other to effect this “She is though," said Broadbrim; great end, but my plans must of “I can't quite make out what is necessity undergo some change now going on, because, you know, she that Lady Broadbrim's eyes were never condescends to discuss her opened to the real state of the case. affairs with any of us ; but I feel I was much puzzled what to do certain there is some new scheme about Grandon. Sometimes I felt afloat.” a yearning to take him fully into “Is she kind to your sister ?” I my confidence and consult with him asked. upon that delicate topic which “Well, she is neither kind nor touched us both so nearly; but unkind : she is very little at home, though he was kind and consider- and seems to have lost all interest ate as ever, there was a constraint in her own family. She wants us about our intercourse of which we to believe that it is the heathen; were both painfully conscious. We but I must say that she never used avoided all allusion to the Broad- to neglect her daughters for them, brims, and he never called in Gros- and always said, what so many good venor Square, nor, so far as I know, people forget, that the first duty of had met Lady Ursula since the a Christian woman was to attend memorable dinner which had ter- to her own family. I am getting minated so disagreeably for us all. very uneasy,” said Broadbrim, with Under the circumstances, I had also a sigh ; “I feel a presentiment that thought the wisest, and for many there is some sort of a crash comreasons the most proper, course for ing; I wish you would go and see me was, to abstain from going her.”
“Well, I did not intend going to with them at their cottage,” I reher conversazione next week, but as plied. she has sent me a card I suppose “Ishave never been to Ascot," she wants to see me. I will come he said, awkwardly—“in fact I and hear my friend Joseph Caribbee never saw a race in my life. I Islands hold forth. By the way, I think a man, even though he does quite forgot I promised to ask Lady not approve of racing, ought to Broadbrim for a card for Lady Wylde have seen it once-don't you? and her daughter; will you send one “ Certainly,” said I, “especially when you get home? You don't know when you can see Wild Harrie at Miss Wylde, do you ?”
the same time." “Yes,” said Broadbrim, and he “I say," said Broadbrim, and he coloured and looked away; “I have stopped short. just met her, and that is all. Did “Well !”. she ask you for the invitation ?” “I wish to goodness there was
“What! you have met her, and some way of going to Ascot withshe did not tell you the interest out being seen. I suppose one is she takes in missions ? I see you sure to come across a lot of men are half converted already. Take one knows ?”. care, Broadbrim; you are no great “Not if you go and stay with catch; but she does not, perhaps, the clergyman of the parish," I said. exactly know that, and all is fish “I don't know him. It is not that comes to her net. Neverthe- for myself, but I don't think my less, don't forget to send her the mother would like my going." invitation;" and I saw the flush of “Then don't go.” gratified vanity mount to the brow “What an unsatisfactory fellow of Broadbrim, and no longer won- you are! I shall go and talk over dered why “ Wild Harrie" had ex- the matter with Ursula—she always pressed a wish to make Lady Ursu- helps me out of my difficulties." la's acquaintance. Poor Ursula, “What does she know about what Broadbrim had said about his Ascot ?" I asked. mother's change of manner, decided “Oh, she does not know about me not to neglect the opportunity Ascot, but somehow or other she which presented itself of going to always tells me what is the best her “ meeting," and coming to a thing to do about everything." distinct understanding with Lady “I suppose, then, you tell her Broadbrim upon the present posi- everything?” tion of affairs. I had no doubt that “ Almost," he said. that veteran campaigner had not “Take my advice, and make a been idle ; and I was afraid, under clean breast of it, my dear boy;" the circumstances, that too much and I felt kindly towards him for time had already been allowed her. the way he spoke about his sister.
“Do you think Miss Wylde is “Depend upon it, no half configoing down to Ascot?" asked Broad. dences do in such a case. Tell her brim, who had maintained an em- that I shall come to you on Thursbarrassed silence during this in- day of next week ;” and I pressed terval.
his hand. I had never cared about “She went down yesterday with him for his own sake, but my heart the Helters ; she stays the week warmed towards him for hers.
MR GLADSTONE AT CHESTER.
MANY and ingenious are the de. There he was wont to deliver his vices resorted to by statesmen for programme, and to delight the ears the promulgation of their manifes- of bis audience by expatiating on toes at seasons when a political coup the new experiments which he ind'état seems necessary to secure their tended to make upon the time-honcontinuance in power, but when oured constitution of the country, they are prevented, either by eti- experiments, the abstract necessity quette or the ties and obligations he did not consider it worth while of party, from making an open de- to demonstrate by an elaborate proclaration of their future policy with- cess of reasoning, seeing that their in the walls of Parliament. The sys- evident tendency was to restore and tem—for such it has become in these perpetuate that oligarchical scheme days of patched-up and discordant of Whig supremacy, of which he Cabinets—is neither seemly nor ho was the acknowledged champion. nest. It displays a tendency on the Messages such as these, which have part of the operator to outbid or given a kind of notoriety to more overreach his colleagues, and it is a than one crazy tenement-as the perfidious betrayal of that mutual Ryehouse was dignified by its plot trust, confidence, and co-operation, —were wafted by the press to every which ought to be reciprocally bind- corner of Great Britain ; and in fouring upon all members of an Admin- and-twenty hours the bearts of the istration so long as they remain to. Liberals from Cornwall to Caithgether. Perfect freedom of action ness were cheered by the enunciamay be allowed to politicians who are tion of another decided step in the out of office; though we think it is downward direction of democracy. extremely imprudent, if not absol. But this system, though more utely wrong, in an expectant political than once successful in immediate leader to commit his party to certain results, proved, in the long-run, views upon which they have not yet highly detrimental to the interests declared their aggregate opinion, for and influence of the man who had no other purpose than to steal a unscrupulously abused it. Lord march upon an unwary adversary. John Russell forgot that, though an Earl Russell, before his elevation to important unit of the great Whig the House of Peers, was an adept party, he was by no means acknowin that kind of sleight-of-hand ; in- ledged as its dictator. Acting upon deed, no other statesman of our day the principle of the Athenians, the bas practised the trick so sedulous- aristocratic Whig families have ally. He was not at all particular in ways reserved to themselves the his selection of a theatre for his ex- power not only of nominating and ploits. A stuffy council-room in a recalling their generals, but of prenorthern borough, where a few civic scribing the plan of operations; and tradesmen were assembled to offer they began to entertain no unreahim the freedom of their corpora. sonable jealousy of the independent tion-or the platform of a mechan- liberty of action thus arrogated to ics' institute-or the upper chamber himself by the scion of the House of the hostelry of an obscure village, of Bedford. What right had he, converted for the occasion into a without previous consultation and banqueting-hall for the accommo- consent, to commit them to a new dation of some fivescore enthusias- line of policy ? Deprived of their tic reformers-served his purpose support, he was absolutely nothing; as well as the princely hospitalities for although, by an ingenious fiction, of the Mansion-House, or better. Whigs and Radicals had been mass