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which he has no further use. Times' (January 17) of a letter Home Rule, Local Veto, and from Mr Goldwin Smith, which Welsh Disestablishment to a certain extent travels on already gone; and if the party the same lines. But though it goes on stripping itself at this may very probably point to a rate, it will soon be stark naked. consummation to be expected at But to that we are coming no remote date, it is not to be “Mr Asquith,"says MrChamber- looked for immediately. Suplain," seems to be addressing a posing, as the writer says, that new congregation, from which the party system is moribund, Irishmen, Teetotallers, and Non- it is not yet dead; and its conformists are excluded, and last expiring struggles we may only the great Liberal party is be sure will be attended by to remain.” There was violent convulsions. The few upon a time an advocate, who warning words uttered by Lord after pleading the cause of Salisbury at the Constitutional a worthless client with great Club are perhaps even better ability, and bestowing many worthy of remembering at such eloquent eulogies on his numer- a crisis as the present than in ous virtues, looked round to the ordinary times. We are not to place in court where he had imagine, he says, that the helpbeen sitting. He had vanished. less condition of the Liberal He could not stand it. Half party at the present moment is the orator's panegyric had been necessarily permanent. They lavished upon nothing. And are few in number, without such is likely to be the case unity, without a policy, and with Mr Asquith's eloquent without a leader; they are tribute to "the imperturbable rent by schisms which only patience and loyal subordina- some overpowering temptation tion” of the great Liberal can temporarily smother. But party.

If he looks over his we must not be led away by shoulder for it, he will look in appearances to suppose that we vain. Seriously speaking, if have nothing more to fear from we deduct Home Rulers, Tee- them. The sting of the wasp totallers, and Liberationists that is scotched but not killed from the whole motley array, is always the sharpest. The we take out all the substance groups which now stand apart and leave only the idea. It is from each other may be reunited often said that a party without at any moment, and they remind ideas is in a poor way.

But Lord Salisbury of the divided an idea without a party is groups of tribes which in Egypt even more to be pitied. The and India threaten us from over Liberal idea has lost its way, the border :and is wandering about through forests and deserts in search “These groups seem to be utterly of some material garment where- divided among themselves—to have withal to clothe itself.

no common leader, perhaps no common

object ; but if on the Afghan or the The above pages were written

Egyptian border opportunities shall before the publication in the occur, and they shall see some chance



of carrying out a holy war or securing into them every time they much-desired loot, they may at once stirred. in one moment be gathered together

How can Mr Morley or Sir by the prestige and the force of some leader that may arise among them. William Harcourt, a smaller And so it is with the enemies we are Englander than even his faithconfronting. At any moment a Mahdi ful henchman, — who, indeed, or a Mad Mullah may arise, and they will bear down upon you to carry out says that he is not one at all, the Jehad and to carry away the loot. thereby indicating the existence I therefore entreat you, notwithstand- of another rift, -ever reunite ing these flattering symptoms, to re- with a section which the memmain in your ranks and to keep your ber for the Montrose Burghs powder dry. There may be plenty describes as something between for you to do much sooner than you expect."

a monkey and a toad, with the

tail of the one and the fasting We e see no signs of the new powers of the other ?

The prophet at present. The Lib- creature is not a chameleon eral party, if it can be said to which lives on insects. It is exist after Mr Asquith's evis- a Liberal Imperialist like Mr ceration of it, is in much the Asquith and Lord Rosebery, same plight as Sir William who live on open questions ; Harcourt

told the or, to judge by Mr Asquith, on Armenians were in, after help shadows. In this flattering had been promised them, as he description of Lord Rosebery's alleged, by England. They following Mr Morley includes must, he thought, be crying the chameleon's power of changout with the lady in Bluebeard, ing its hues, and on this point “Sister Anne, Sister Anne, do Mr Asquith had to listen to you see anybody coming ?" If an unpalatable truth. He has all the Liberals can see by changed “the broad - brimmed looking out of the window is hat and drab attire of the Sir Henry Campbell - Banner- Quaker for the plumes and man, truly they are in "a flashing scarlet of the Crusaparlous state.” Mr Morley has der.” He admits that he made resigned his post, and Mr As- a mistake in condemning the quith cannot leave his briefs. Egyptian expedition when it If it were possible for Sir first set out, and that he now William Harcourt to come applauds it, because of its brilback again he would be less liant success. His opposition able to command the allegiance to it was very likely quite of the whole Liberal party in honest, but what

to the House of Commons than he think of his judgment ? The was before. The compliments Government who despatched it recently exchanged between Mr had no doubt of its success, Asquith and Mr Morley are not and they were right. Mr forgotten in a hurry. If the Asquith chose to prefer his rent were patched up the own private opinion, and was sections of the party would be wrong. With what face can only pinned together, with the any public man who has made probability of the pins running such a dangerous mistake as this

are we


come forward to solicit our great Radical changes which confidence in his sagacity or may hereafter become living restatesmanship? He has given alities, he declares that they can himself away.

only be carried out by a party We know not how Mr Mor which is "catholic, comprehenley distinguishes between the sive, disciplined, and united."

pagan pride of empire ” and We are glad to hear this, as we the British pride of those great may still sleep in peace.

And soldiers and statesmen 6 who he adds : “ If there were in made the majesty of this their midst the strife and anirealm.” Mr Asquith talks mosities of sections and the much more common-sense when factions which some people behe refers to the conduct of the lieved existed, they must be Rosebery Liberals on the Fash- trampled down and cast out oda question. To show that before the party could once England was unanimous was more become a potent instruthe surest means of preventing ment of reform.'

We comwar. He very naturally resents mend these words to Mr Morley the imputations thrown broad- and Sir

Sir William Harcourt. cast by Mr Morley on his former To be trodden under foot by colleagues, and refutes them Mr Asquith would be scarcely with a warmth which augurs ill a political euthanasia. But it for any future reconciliation is delightful to see how these Pointing to the phantoms of Radicals love one another!

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My father, Josceline Percy, “ House of Lords " from having was born in 1784. At thirteen several noblemen's sons on board years of age he was appointed of her, and, naturally, these as a volunteer of the first olass youngsters came in for an extra to H.M.S. Sans Pareil, carrying share of rough treatment. I Admiral Lord Hugh Seymour's remember my father saying flag, and joined her at the Nore. that for two years he never His uncle and aunt, the Duke sat down to a meal, as he and and Duchess of Northumber- the other lads who had just land, having given him,, the joined were not allowed to former a chest of plate, and enter the midshipman's mess, the latter a medicine-chest, to but had to snatch their food as take to sea with him, the boy best they could. was so laughed at for bringing My father was afterwards such luxuries that he threw the appointed to the Victory, under medicine-chest overboard, and Lord Nelson, on the Mediterthe plate would have shared ranean station, who sent him the same fate had it not been with private despatches to the handed over to the charge of Queen of Naples, and letters to the ship's purser. The Sans Lady Hamilton, which he was Pareil was ironically called the instructed to deliver into her

1 Admiral Percy was a son of the Earl of Beverley. His eldest brother subsequently succeeded to the dukedom of Northumberland, on the death, in 1865, of his first cousin, Algernon, the fourth duke.




own hands.

The Queen pre- another kingdom, more especisented him with two magni- ally when that title and posificent old silver lamps; and, on tion is already held by a native his return from Naples to re- of that kingdom.” join H.M.S. Victory, Lord Nel- At that time there was son gave him a sword, saying Portuguese Marquis d'Abrantès. to him, “Young man, I envy Every morning Junot used to you! at your age, and in these take out a miniature of his wife times, you ought to have a fine and kiss it.

She was a very career before you.”

beautiful woman. After the Convention of On leaving my father's ship, Cintra, when the French agreed Junot gave him a magnificent to evacuate Portugal, he had dressing-case with gold fittings. orders to convey General Junot, Whilst at La Rochelle, my then a prisoner in the hands of father was invited to dine with the English, to La Rochelle. the French naval officers there, Junot and my father became but he thought it more prudent great friends. He meant to

He meant to to decline the invitation, lest he have made himself King of might not be permitted to rePortugal. He told my father turn to his ship. that he was the son of an

Junot himself came to urge avocat, and owed his advance to him to accept it, and pledged being able to read and write, his honour that all would be which in those days was an well, and that no deception honourable distinction in the was intended. French line regiments. He pledge your honour that, should acted as Secretary to Napoleon, orders arrive from Paris to when the latter was the col- seize me and detain my ship, onel of the regiment in which you would not feel obliged to he, Junot, was a sergeant. On obey them?” asked my father. one occasion (I forget at which Junot replied that he could battle the incident occurred) he not do so, should such orders was writing on a drum-head at arrive, and retired. His visit Napoleon's dictation, when a was followed by one from the cannon - ball struck the earth French Admiral, who also close to them. “Nous ne man- urged him to accept their inquerons pas de la poussière, vitation. My father told him

colonel," he remarked, that, though he had implicit calmly. He began his brilliant confidence in the honour of the career from that day, and, when French officers, he could not talking of it to my father, said, accept their hospitality. “Now Napoleon is an emperor, cause,” said he, “I do not acand I am a duke !”

knowledge your Emperor, and “We do not acknowledge in will not trust his Government.” England that General Bonaparte is an emperor," replied My father always spoke of my father to

this remark; Lord Nelson as having a singu“neither do we admit that he lar power of attaching all under has a right to confer titles in his command to himself, from

6 Would you



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