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as if even in the House of Commons he were still the con
MR. GLADSTONE'S SANCHO PANZA. scienceless automaton in horsehair wig and silken gown which
He was the great Sancho Panza of the Don Quixote Gladpleads at the bar that black is white and wrong is right,
stone; and his merry jests enlivened a battle that otherwise according to its brief.
would have been all too deadly earnest. He deserves credit HOW HE BEGAN POLITICAL LIFE.
for never having been befooled even for a moment by the It is not so many years ago—by the almanack, although theatricality of the Suez shares; and he maintained in public looking back across three Parliaments it seems as if it were an unprecedented and astounding consistency for four years, almost as distant as the Deluge—when Sir William Harcourt, during which he did doughty service for his party and his Ĩ of his career, displayed a marked inclination to pose as a then he was distrusted. Gossip said that he abused Mr. Gladfrondeur. Before the General Election of 1874 he made stone in private as vehemently as he applauded him in public speeches which seemed to foreshadow his development into —that was in 1878; and Ginx's Baby even put the story in a premature and overgrown Labouchere, so Radical was he print, in a story in which he lampooned the right hon. gentleand cynical. After the election he somewhat changed his man as much as Mr. Mallock has recently lampooned Mr. pose. If not exactly a Conservative, he became highly eccle Chamberlain. The great defect of Sir W. Harcourt's pious siastical as a Low Church politician, and electrified the oratory as a defender of Bulgarian liberty and champion of House by posing with Mr. Disraeli, as Sir Wilfrid Lawson Afghan independence is that which often vitiates the effect of cruelly remarked, as the Melancthon and the Luther of the sermons of the insincere: he overdid the unction. the new Reformation that was
THE CHAYELEON OF POLITICS. to purge the Church of Eng. land of Ritualism and restore
It is somewhat difficult to dethe primitive Protestantism of the
scribe the exact shade of Sir Establishment. In his new
William Harcourt's Liberalisin. capacity he essayed to cross swords
He is the chameleon or politics, with Mr. Gladstone as a Canonist,
whose hue changes from day to and paid the penalty of his rash
day, according to the opinions of ness. The Public Worship Re
those with whom he has for the gulation Act, for which he
time made alliance. It is someexpressed such extravagant ad
wiat startling to pick up one of miration, is almost forgotten; but
his old speeches delivered as far it ought to be had in everlasting
back as 1880, before the General remembrance as an illustration of
Election which hurled Lord the wisdom which the cynics and
Beaconsfield from place and power, “men of the world” bring to the
and to discover that at that time Sir regulation of Divine service. Mr.
William Harcourt regarded himself Labouchere and Mr. Bradlaugh
as a moderate Liberal: “one of drawing up rules for the Salvation
those miserable Whigs who led an Army would hardly be a more
abject and servile life under the grotesque spectacle than was
tvranny of Mr. Chamberlain.” afforded by Mr. Disraeli and his
Whatever moderation there may valiant henchman in that sudden
have been in Sir " William crusade against Popery in mas
Harcourt's' Liberalism in those querade.
days, it has long ago disappeared,
and his latest performances in Á LIBERAL DISRAELI.
the House were such as to excite To the ordinary Liberal poli. Š
the admiration of Mr. Labouchere, tician the incident only deepened
and to excite the amusement, not antecedent impressions of Sir W.
to say dismay, of such moderate Harcourt's shiftiness; and dark
men as Mr. John Morley. Though rumours were current in the pro
Sir William Harcourt has ceased vinces that secret overtures had
to be a “miserable Whig," and been made by the Minister of the
has developed into a Home day with a view to the transfer of
Ruler and National Leaguer of “ Historicus” from the Liberal to
the most approved Irish pattern, the Constitutional side. They (Photograph by Whitelock, Birmingham.)
he has never been able to failed, said malignant Radicals,
emancipate himself from the inonly because it was no use carrying coals to Newcastle. fluence of Mr. Chamberlain. One Disraeli was sufficient to furnish forth a party with an Ĩ
HIS RELATIONS TO MR. CHAMBERLAIN. hand Dizzy. So Sir William Harcourt abode with the In the Cabinet, when the Land Purchase and Home Rule Liberals, and avenged himself on the other side by blazing Bills were in process of gestation, Sir William Harcourt was forth in a perfect broadside of epigrams and savage jokes, Mr. Joseph Chamberlain's henchman, and after Mr. Chamwhich gained him no small distinction in the fierce campaign berlain shook the dust off his feet and departed from the that began with the Bulgarian atrocities, and ended with the Administration, Sir William Harcourt refrained from following establishment in office of Sir William Harcourt as Home his example only because he had determined to stand or fall Secretary of Mr. Gladstone's penultimate Administration.. by the Grand Old Man, whether right or wrong; and thus it During the whole of these memorable years, of which Mr. was that we had two politicians before the country at the Gladstone was the leader, Sir William Harcourt was the same time who held the same principles, one of whom was in slogger of the fight. He laid on amain with his quarterstaff, the Cabinet and the other out. When the Government was and delighted the hearts of the Gladstonians by the fervour defeated and the Tories came into power, political observers with which he laid on his sarcasm and plied his rhetoric to watched with some curiosity to see whether Sir William prove that Lord Beaconsfield was leading his country incon Harcourt would remain faithful in adversity to his fallen tinently to the devil, and that the only way of salvation chief. Nothing would have been more characteristic of him was by an alliance with Russia for the development of the than to have gone over bag and baggage to the Liberal oppressed nationalities.
Unionists, with whom it was believed he entirely agreed, and
whose criticisms of the policy adopted by the Cabinet of which vehement than he was; but now that his cue is to be on Mr. Sir William Harcourt was a member nowhere met with more Parnell's side, he makes speeches froin which even the most cordial assent than from Sir William Harcourt himself.
thorough-going Liberal Home Rulers would recoil. In politics
in the House of Commons he is usually supposed to be a man HIS FIRST LEADERSHIP.
of the world, but when he goes down to the provincial platform Fortunately—80 strangely ordered are the affairs of man and harangues dissenters he is almost as eminent a pietist as - Mr. Gladstone's need of rest in Bavaria decided the Mr. Joseph Chamberlain himself, whose famous dissertation question as to Sir William Harcourt's position. As usual, concerning his Nonconformist ancestors will not be soon he must have been in twenty minds as to what to do, when Mr. forgotten. The pious fervour with which Sir William Gladstone's departure opened the door to immediate promotion, Harcourt speaks is marvellous, and no Methodist local which seemed to secure for him the title of heir presumptive preacher can excel him in quoting texts on occasions. But to the Liberal leadership. Some Radicals thought Mr. Morley all this exuberant piety failed to save him from the assault of should have been at once installed as Mr. Gladstone's lieutenant Mr. Alfred Dyer, the Quaker, who went down to Derby to do to lead the party in Mr. Gladstone's absence. Had their battle against Sir William Harcourt as the incarnation of counsels been followed we should probably ere this have seen ungodly indifference to the misdeeds of Mrs. Jefferies and her the alliance between Sir William Harcourt and Mr. Chamber class. As a man, Sir William Harcourt, although a somewhat lain publicly avowed; and we should have had oceans of doughty knight in speech, is said to be lacking in that feareloquence poured forth upon the world to prove that Home lessness which is almost indispensable in rulers in these present
It was his lot to be Home Secretary when Mr. Gladstone was endeavouring to govern Ireland by coercive methods ; and unless rumour lies mora than it is wont to do, there was no member of the Ministry whose life was rendered more miserable to him by the threats of dynamitards than was Sir Wiliam Harcourt's. The speed with which he rushed the Explosives Act through the House of Commons was much commented on at the time, and there were not warting those who declared that they had never seen a Home Secretary in such a fright. Possibly they were mistaken, or they might not have had much esperience of Home Secretaries. Sir William Harcourt's situation was a difficult one, and the constant fear of assassination told at last upon even the iron nerve of Cromwell.
Probably it will never be the THE LIBERAL FROST BENCH IN 1882.
fate of this country to have
Sir William Harcourt as Prime Rule was a delusion and a snare, and that the only wise men Minister, and it is doubtful whether we shall ever again see and true patriots were those who would have nothing to him as leader of the House of Commons; but the future is so do with any measure which did not bear the true Birmingham dark, and the prospects of parties so involved, that he would stamp. Wiser counsels prevailed. Sir William Harcourt was be a bold man who would prophesy that one who is so ready of installed in the vacant seat, and for the rest of the Session he tongue and who has such freedom from conviction as Sir led the party. The natural pomposity of the man found full William Harcourt will not find himself very near the top of expression in the new position; and whatever may have been the tree; although it is more probable than not that he may the case with his colleagues and his followers, it is safe to say yet have to yield the attainment of his supreme ambition to that the few weeks during which Sir William led the Opposi- his friend at Birmingham. His chances, however, would be tion were among the sweetest of all his parliamentary life. none the worse if he could convince the British householder HIS PERSONAL QUALITIES.
that he intended in the future to cultivate a little more Strange though it may seem to those who only know the assiduously the virtues of disinterestedness and sincerity. public career of Sir William Harcourt, he is cordially liked by Seeing that Sir William Harcourt is now acclaimed by his friends. A vehement and impatient young Radical once some of the stalwarts amongst us, even by such a man as <leclared with emphatic vulgarity that Sir William Harcourt Mr. H. J. Wilson of Sheffield, as a Chief whom they was a “beast.” “ It may be so," said the experienced
would be glad to see at their head, it would seem we politician to whom the observation was addressed, it may be so, but never forget he is a good beast.” He is kind-hearted,
may take the flattering unction to our souls that the and in the urreserve of familiar intercourse there is no trace
admonition with which this article of 1886 concluded of that slightly grandiose manner which he mistakes for
has been taken to heart, and that we have now to deal dignity. His chief weakness is the consequence of his lack of with a new man who has found salvation, and therefore sincere conviction. He is always more or less playing a rôle, can be dealt with more sympathetically than would and, like many actors, he often tends to overdo his part. When otherwise bave been possible. At the same time, there he denounced Mr. Parnell, no one could have been more is such a strong tendency on the part of the old Adam
within to revert to his
A CAPTIVE OF HIS BOW AND original attitude, that I can
SPEAR. not help fearing that Sir
How much that prestige William Harcourt may yield
was enhanced by his exploits to the temptation of rever
last Session can best be seen sion, and that, in place of
by printing what the Daily the regenerate and sanctified
Chronicle wrote of him the one whom Mr. H. J. Wilson
other day:acclaims, we may have the
As for the immediate duty of old unregenerate Sir William,
Liberals and Radicals, it is against whom Mr. Wilson ten
clear. Sir William Harcourt years ago was zealous even
succeeds by unquestioned and to slaying.
unquestionable right of service A PARTING WORD FROM THE
AS SOME SEE HIM.
AS I DRAW HIM.
to the position which Lord
Rosebery has vacated. The OLD ADAM. (By Mr. Harry Furniss).
author of the great Radical But in order to fortify my
Budget, the man who destroyed self against this temptation,
the Education Bill, the master and to make it clear from what depth of distrust I have of parliamentary strategy who broke up in a single Session the escaped-pro tem.-I will quote one other judgment most powerful anti-Liberal majority which the century has which I published in the REVIEW OF REVIEWS in
Revieva in witnessed, has no present rival." He is in the popular House ; August, 1891:
he is beyond all comparison the most potent figure therc.
Those of us who stand less for party than for human interests Rumour has it that at a recent Liberal conclave it was
acknowledge with gratitude his great services to the cause of decided that Sir William Harcourt should, in the event of
Anglo-American arbitration. The Labour party, in particular, Mr. Gladstone's retirement or apotheosis, be the next Liberal
have to thank him for his endeavour to convert the Coal Mines Prime Minister. The fact that such a decision would render
Regulation Bill into a charter of workmen's lives. Nor can it impossible for us to have a Liberal Prime Minister during
we forget that in the conduct of the Eastern controversy no the lifetime of Sir W. Harcourt can hardly have been present
living Liberal statesman, save Mr. Gladstone, can boast an. to the minds of those who put the rumour in circulation. The
experience which compares with that of Sir William Harcourt. Liberal Party is a party of enthusiasm and of conviction. Sir
He has known all the great European statesmen of his time. W. Harcourt has neither the one nor the other. The men
He can touch the strings as no one but Lord Salisbury can who alone can be depended upon to carry the constituencies
touch them. Next to Mr. Gladstone, he was in 1876 the most are those to whom politics are a religion. To Sir W. Harcourt
powerful and most persuasive advocate of the policy in regard politics are a mere game. The other day I was talking in
to the Turkish Empire which has to-day become the basis of this strain to one of Sir William's colleagues, when he gravely
the national will. He is a good fighter; he is built on the reproved me. “I am quite sure,” said my friend,“ that there are
lines from which statecraft is made. We cannot but rejoice in some things about which Sir William is quite sincere.” “Name, name!” I cried. “Well, for instance," replied his apologist,
the prospect of strength and coherence which opens out to us * I am quite sure that no one could possibly be more sincere
for the first time since Mr. Gladstone's retirement. With Sir than is Sir William in disliking the Colonies!” The day on
William Harcourt as Leader we unite popular opinion with which the Liberal Party entrusts its destinies to a leader
the popular House, we join hands with the best traditions of
the past, and we invite steady co-operation by “men of goodwhose one sincere conviction is a hatred of Great Britain will rightly seal its exclusion from office for the rest of
will” for the problems which a wait us in the near and the
distant future. the century. Whoever else may be possible, Sir W. Harcourt 4 is not.
A NOTABLE CONVERT. With this judgment of 1891 appended to the descrip
Of course it would be a mistake to take our impulsive: tion of 1886 Trid myself of whatever leaven of and somewhat unbalanced contemporary as representing uncharitableness may have been due to the observation
either the country or the party, or even the Radical of a Parliamentary career now extending over a quarter
rump; but undoubtedly the Daily Chronicle represents of a century, and, coming round with a wrench, describe
Mr. Massingham, and if any one in 1894 had approachel the politician whose visage is nowhere contemplated
the editor of the Chronicle with a prediction that at the with such complacency as when it smiles upon Sir
Sir latter end of 1896 he would have chanted such an William out of his own looking-glass. So now good-bye
ecstatic anthem of praise to the honour and glory of Sir to Dugald Dalgetty.
William Harcourt, that good man would have held up
his hands with holy horror and exclaimed “Is thy II.—FUZZY WUZZY.
servant a dog that he should do this thing ?” He has
done it all the same, dog or no dog, and although no. In Fuzzy Wuzzy of the Soudan, that first-class
doubt he is now repenting in sackcloth and ashes over fighting man who may be regarded as the prototype and
the wild exuberance of his latest outburst, it stands on exemplar of the Knight of Malwood, Rudyard Kipling
record as an instance of the extent to which our Fuzzy in that famous barrack-room ballad in which he used the
Wuzzy has compelled the allegiance and conquered the lingo of Tommy Atkins in order to describe the salutary
enthusiasm of his most unsparing critics. effect which the brave Fuzzy Wuzzy left on the mind of the British soldier-sums up his supreme achievement
SIR WILLIAM'S NEW POSITION. in the fact that he broke a British square. The Con Certain it is that Sir William Harcourt occupies to-day servatives and Unionists could sing Kipling's ballad a much more commanding position in the country than about Harcourt with right good will; nor would they he has ever occupied at any period of his previous have to go further than last Session to find an illustration career. That, at least, will be admitted alike by friends of how capable is our Fuzzy Wuzzy of breaking a square, and foes. As long as Lord Rosebery held the position even when defended by a majority of 167. It was that of Leader of the Liberal Party, Sir William Harcourt was exploit more than any other which gave him the prestige labouring under an eclipse. The two men did not pull which he at present enjoys in the country.
together any better than Lord Salisbury did with
Mr. Disraeli when the Ministry of 1874 was formed, when the present Prime Minister is said to have declared to a friend concerning the then Prime Minister, that words could not express the loathing and detestation with which he regarded him. But Mr. Disraeli was tough, very tough, while Lord Rosebery to his many brilliant and commanding qualities failed to add that supreme necessity of a leader, the skin of a pachyderm. Hence Mr. Disraeli and Lord Salisbury managed to get along together without any open breach, and nothing that Lord Salisbury could have done in the way of temper would have led the inscrutable Hebrew to abandon his right to lead the party.
THE GIRAFFE AND THE RHINOCEROS. Lord Rosebery, unfortunately, was made of more sensitive material, and an alliance between him and Sir William Harcourt might be compared to the yoking together of a rhinoceros and a giraffe, The grace, the beauty, the speed, the coroneted head, and the pathetic eye, all belong to the one; while the other has the weight that tells, and a hide tough enough to flatten a musketball. Such incongruous partners could hardly keep step for long, and when one trod on the foot of the other it was not the rhinoceros that felt it most. But as long as the giraffe remained in harness it was visible far and near, and to the multitude his humbler yokefellow passed unnoticed. But now that the giraffe has snapped the traces and is careering round with all the savage freedom of the desert, the rhinoceros holds the field. It is only in human nature to try to make the best of things, and accordingly we are all endeavouring to the utmost of our several abilities to make the best of our rhinoceros. The first thing that every one says. and says with reason, is that Mr. Harcourt is Fuzzy Wuzzy; that is to say, the first-class fighting man whom the party needs. The Liberals being in a very small minority, stand more in need than ever of having a leader who will not turn his back to the foe, and who does not hesitate to head a forlorn hope.
A GOOD PARTISAN CHIEF. Lord Randolphi Churchill led a party of four with intrepidity and success. Sir William Harcourt has not quite so small a following as Lord Randolph possessed at the beginning of his career, but he will not be disheartened on account of the fewness of his following. The fewer men there are behind him, the more he must spread himself; the weaker the chorus of approval, the more vigorously must he beat the drum; and no one can deny that for such partisan purposes Sir William Harcourt is almost ideally fitted. When a warrior rises in the fray to lead his followers to combat, it is not always an advantage that he should be scrupulously accurate in his statement of the chances of victory. I do not mean to say by this that a man should tell a good big thumping lie in order to inspirit his soldiers; but if it were necessary to do so, Sir William Harcourt is the man to do it. Of course a “lie" is a horrid word which ought never to be used in political discussion. Perhaps it would be more parliamentary to say that when it is necessary to invigorate your party by inciting them to volunteer on a forlorn hope to attack an impregnable position, Sir William Harcourt, better than any other man, can adjust the language of his declarations to the standard of his wishes with less regard to the theory of probabilities or the stern logic of facts.
THE ART OF MAKING BELIEVE. No one excels him in clapping a telescope to his blind eye when he does not wish to see things. His greatest
achievement in this way-one which may indeed be said to rise almost to the dignity of the sublime for its heroic subordination of what is to that which ought to beoccurs in a speech which he delivered at a banquet given
to celebrate the passing of his Budget. Considering that the late Liberal Administration was of all administrations known in recent history the most distracted by internal dissension, and that it was haunted all its days by the development of the fissiparous tendency which ultimately proved fatal, what can we think of the moralor immoral, if you likedefiance of obvious facts that is to be found in the following passage, taken from his
speech of August 1st, 1894:-IN 1880.
When we came into power
two years ago our opponents confidently predicted that we shoull not last three months, and yet we are still alive, and we have wrought no small part of our task. Such a result has filled our opponents with equal astonishment, horror, and dismay. How has it been done? It has been done because you have stuck to the colours and stood by the guns. By courage, by perseverance, by steadfastness, by patient determination, by united action we have fought our way and we have had our way. Each section of the party has been not unwilling to co-operate for the common end, and to sacrifice something to the general cause. Gentlemen, this is the secret of success; that is the path of victory, Our foes counted on our disunion. They tell us every day we quarrel among ourselves. Well, happily we are not acquainted with that disturbance. They have been disappointedbitterly disappointed, because they have found that the Liberal Party has stood shoulder to shoulder, and the country has stood by the Liberal Party.
A NOT OVER-SCRUPULOUS BOTTLE-HOLDER. Considering that within twelve months of this speech the country had an opportunity of showing how it stood by the Liberal Party, with the result that a smaller number of Liberals were returned to the House of Commons than at any previous election since the Reform Act, this passage may be regarded as extremely characteristic of the intrepidity with which Sir William Harcourt inspirits by supplying them, in the unfortunate absence of facts, with the most appetising substitutes. But the Liberal Party at the present moment wants to be clapped on the back and assured that it never was in better form in its life, and all that it needs is to go in and conquer. Such assurances Sir William can pour out without stint. It must be admitted that in the history of the Education Bill of last Session Sir William Harcourt found much to justify his robust disregard of facts and figures. As he told his constituents last month when all others were cowed by the imposing majority of 167 registered for the Education Bill, he almost alone had kept up his heart. “Do not quail," he said, “before this imposing majority. I know these majorities; they are like the weather we have had to-day —they rattle and they pelt, but they blow over."
A SPECIMEN OF THE HARCOURTJAN STYLE. As the result of that policy of not quailing Sir William could point to a brilliant and smashing victory, so he is certain to keep on that tack. As a specimen of the
vigorous manner in which he cheers up his followers lack in numbers, and who can be depended upon in any and gives them confidence that they are going to win, emergency to put the worst that can be said against the take the following sample from a speech which he Government as effectively and with as much downaddressed to a Liberal meeting in London on July 9th, thump positiveness as if he were ten times the Pope of 1890. It may be put on record as a very fair samplo of Rome. Whether it be invective or prophecy, or sarcasm, the Harcourtian humour and Harcourtian invective :-- or raillery, Sir William Harcourt is always up to time. I can address you, I think I will not say as the heirs
The cock-sureness and dogmatic tone with which he
speaks often gets him presumptive, but as the heirs apparent of Parliamentary
into tight places, and sometimes power. But in the capacity of heirs apparent I may give you
makes him ridiculous. Take, for instance, the famous the melancholy yet comfortable assurance that the present
declaration which he made immediately after the General possessor of the estate is in articulo mortis I have the mis Election of 1885: that the one thing which the election fortune to be an old practitioner, and I know the symptoms. had proved beyond all doubt, was that “the country I have made a diagnosis of the patient; I have examined his would never again, under any circumstances, return a tongue. Well, it is not clean. I have felt his pulse ; it is Tory majority.” It is a pity that when Sir William weak and fluttering. I have tried his temperature ; it is Harcourt is in these bouncing moods and dealing so decidedly high, and on the whole I fear that his condition is
freely with his “nevers,” that he has no friend by his critical; and the bulletin I have to issue is that the patient
side, who, like a character in a well-known comic opera, is sinking fast. No doubt this unfortunate patient, as often liappens, has accelerated his fate by his own follies. The
only needs to ask, “What, never?" in order to tone malady, gentlemen, in my opinion, is of long standing
down the absolute positive to the milder, “ Well, hardly the patient has been suffering from an incurable disease. His
ever.” lungs are not oxygenated by the air of public opinion, and
— AND HIS METHODIST TWIN. that always leads to a rapid and fatal decay. Therefore, we Bu' in this respect Sir William Harcourt is very much cannot be surprised to see this patient
like the Rev. Hugh Price Hughes. this party-gasping for life, as we may
They are both men who are thoroughly sometimes have seen an unfortunate
impressed with the importance of animal in an exhausted receiver. We
printing in capital letters and prohave seen this party for some time in a bad way, and they have been going
ducing their effects in what may be from bad to worse, somewhat more
called the magic-lantern style of magrapidly, indeed, than even I expected.
nification. With Sir William Harcourt Though I never had a very high
all causes and parties are like the opinion of their sagacity, I think
little girl in the nursery rhyme, who their follies have exceeded even my ima
“When she was nice, was very very gination.
nice, and when she was not, she was
horrid.” He is an artist in glaring THE ROLLICKING SWASHBUCKLER.
contrasts. When he whitewashes he That is Harcourt all over, the
lays on his brush with as much goodrollicking swashbuckler who plays.
will as if he were painting an about him with his quarter-staff and
archangel; and when he is assailing goes into the fray with a good jolly
an opponent, the pigment which he laugh. What he said about his
uses is as black as tar, but fortunately optimism is no doubt true, and it is
not so sticky. one of the best of his many good
All these, however, are the defects qualities. When other people are
of his qualities and the drawbacks of Jooking glum he is a veritable
his virtues. He is a man who never Brother Cheeryble. When alarmists and panic-mongers turns his back on a foe, and who never betrays his friends. are going about crying and shivering at the phantoms It may be true that some of his political allies, if not lis of their own imagination, he struts gaily into the friends, have said many cruel things concerning the arena crying out,“ Who's afraid ?” This tempera discomfort they experienced when occupying the samo ment of his leads him to have little mercy upon the political bed with him; but although he may be a very whole race of croakers; and as for those quacks, uncomfortable bedfellow, he has never so far been known currency and fiscal, who build up their little schemes to kick any one out of bed. upon the assumption that we are all going to the dogs, his method of handling them recalls the familiar name of
III.-G. 0. M. SECUNDUS. a well known poison which is guaranteed to be “ Rough. Another point about Sir William Harcourt which must on rats”! Sir William Harcourt is very rough on rats. be noticed, and which accounts for a good deal of what To see him pounding away at the bimetallists or the Fair may be regarded as the new and altogether unexpected Traders is as good as an assault-at-arms. You see the popularity that he has achieved of late years, is the scorn and contempt of the man boiling out at every pore, fact that he has succeeded, quite unexpectedly, to some To him the bimetallist is on a par with the lunatic who measure of the political prestige of Mr. Gladstone. would propose to make cowries and brass farthings legal tender; while as for Fair Traders or Protectionists, how
THE OLD PARLIAMENTARY HAND. ever disguised, he never seems so much in his element as
It is rather startling to those who can remember well when he has knocked them down and is dancing on their
the first appearance of Sir William Harcourt in the prostrate forms.
political arena, to be told that he is now one of the
oldest Parliamentary hands in the House. He is almost PROFESSOR DOWN-THUMP.
the only man on the Front Opposition Bench who has All this, of course, is first-rate from the party point of been in Parliament for a quarter of a century. He is, of view. The Liberals want some one who will speak with the course, a mere chicken compared with Mr. Gladstone; enemy in the gate, who will make up in bluff what they but Mr. Gladstone is not there, and Sir William Harcourt