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of the question to be regarded. no interest. The Jrish tenants The firni and courageous attitude are beginning to see through these of Mr Balfour, and the inflexible men, and consequently the power deterninatiou of the Government of the latter is slipping array from to uphold and enforce the adminis- them. It is because they know tration of the law in Ireland, lave and realise this, that they are so had the effect desired and expected vehenient in their aluse of Mr by loyal men. Confidence las Balfour and the coustabulary force, been slowly but surely re-estab- Lecause the one directs and the lished, and though much renains other carries out that firn adto be done, not a little has been ministration of the law which already effected towards the attain- lessens their lawless authority. ment of a more healtliy state of Probably, in their innost hearts affairs. Whether we look at the the Nationalist members, or at improvement in the price of agri- least those of them who are really cultural produce, at the more Irish, are very far from really punctual payment of rents, or, hating Mr Balfour. For an Irishabove all, at the Savings Banks' man likes courage, and of that returns, we shall find unmistakable quality Mr Balfour has made an evidence of the improved condition abundant display. Their abuse and advancing prosperity of the of him is the best compliment people.
which they could have paid the Of course, the contrary is loudly Chief Secretary; and in all proasserted by the agitators and po- bability the day will come when, litical “patriots,” because such a not being under the pressure of state of things takes the bread out the exigencies of to-day, they will of their mouths, and terribly in- open their hearts in retrospective terferes with their vocation. To praise of the Minister who has them it is essential that grierances won their respect because he has should exist—that landlords and never flinched before them, and tenants should be at variance, and whose courage has been equalled that evictions should continue to by the consummate ability with take place. But it is devoutly to
But it is devoutly to which he has met his opponents be hoped—and indeed it may be at every point, and opposed a deconfidently expected — that the termined front to all their attacks, eyes of the Irish tenants will inside and outside Parliament, gradually become more and more upon law and order. opened to the true state of the Mr Balfour and the Lord AdvoTheir hope of prosperity in
cate are doubtless the two memthe future lies, not in political bers of the Government whose agitation, but in the peaceful con- reputation has gained most in the dition of the country and the estimation of their countrymen recognition of the supremacy of during the present legislative year, the law. The safety and se- although the cause of constitucurity of their property can only tional progress has been generally be obtained by the due observ- well sustained by the members of ance of the law, and their ability the Treasury bench. The First to cultivate their farms without Lord of the Treasury has amply interference from those who wish justified the selection which be to use them in the future, as in stowed upon him the leadership the past, as instruments to politi- of the House of Commons, and cal ends in which they have really has shown in a remarkable manner
how much can be effected by the jocosities of Sir William Harexercise of common-sense, the pos- court have no terrors—from his session of a uniform courtesy of armour of proof the arrows of Mr manner and demeanour, and a Morley's philosophical Radicalism readiness to concede where conces- glance harmlessly off — and even sion is legitimate, combined with the eloquent periods and fervid sufficient determination to refuse attacks of Mr Gladstone meet
concession when unreasonably de- with a reply which leaves no 1 manded. It is no light and easy laurels of victory for the vetthing to lead such a body as the
statesman. Mr Goschen, present House of Commons; but it whether in finance or politics, is not too much to say that Mr is so thoroughly reliable, and so W. H. Smith has performed this completely deserves the confidence difficult task with conspicuous suc- of the party to whom he has given cess, and has deservedly gained the powerful weight of his assistthe respect and esteem of men of ance, that one is tempted to wish all political parties.
that other leading Liberal UnionIn thus according praise to cer- ists might follow his example. Nor tain members of the Government, must Mr Ritchie be forgotten in we must not be supposed to dis- our enumeration of those who have parage in any way the good work done good service in the past seswhich has been done by others. sion. Mr Ritchie has already The controllers of the two great proved his great capabilities in spending departments—Mr Stan legislative construction; and as one hope and Lord . George Ham- of the Cabinet more immediately ilton-have had much labour in touch with the people, through thrown upon their shoulders, and his connection with a populous conhave discharged their duties in a stituency, his presence there is an thoroughly efficient and satisfac- additional guarantee for the pro tory manner. Indeed, Lord G. gressive policy of our “Tory” Hamilton's conduct through the Administration In a word, all House of the measures connected have done well, and we have every with our naval defences won gen reason to congratulate Lord Saliseral commendation from all who bury upon the ability and efficiency followed the progress of this im- of his lieutenants. "It must, howportant question. Nor must Sir
ever, be remembered, that if we Michael Hicks Beach be forgotten, duly value the qualities of which whose quiet and unostentatious we now speak, and are satisfied work, both in the House and the with the general conduct of public Grand Committee, has been business and the legislative measusual well done. Mr Goschen ures introduced by her Majesty's has always been well to the fore, present advisers, we have a duty and his trenchant, telling speeches to perform beyond and apart from are evidently feared by the Op- the mere praise which we so willposition, the more unscrupulous ingly accord. The duty of loyal of whom have more than once
men and lovers of the constitution attempted to drown by unmean- throughout the country is to take ing clamour the arguinents which heed that, when the time shall they bave found it impossible to arrive for the constituencies to refute. Mr Goschen, indeed, is the give their verdict upon the prebête noire of the front Opposition sent Government, that verdict Lench. For him the ponderous shall be given with the evidence
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fairly before the jury, and with a his friends and neighbours as that right understanding of the issues which is required by their duty really to be tried. Never has there towards their country. We would been a Government in Great Britain emphatically say to Unionists from whose adversaries have more con- Johno' Groat's House to the Land's stantly and more pertinaciously End, "Organise, organise, organendeavoured to vilify and misre- ise." It is net probable that the present it before the eyes of the general election will come for people. Men of position and im- two, perhaps not for three years, portance in the State, who have but the work of organisation canheld high office, and who probably not with safety be deferred. Let expect to hold it again, have not every constituency seek out a good scrupled to accuse Lord Salisbury's Unionist candidate at once, and Government of having obtained prepare for action when the day office under false pretences, of of action arrives. The legislative having “betrayed the confidence work of each session since 1886 of the people," and of having has undoubtedly strengthened the cruelly and unjustly. treated the Government. There is every people of Ireland and their
reason to hope and believe that representatives. Probably those the same result will follow in the who have said such things have sessions to come. not theinselves believed them ; But it is outside the walls of but every attempt has been made Parliament that the work of the to scatter them abroad with a view next general election has to be to dupe the electors of Great done. Let us then be stirring and Britain, in order to bring back active without delay. Let us take to office the men who have in the care, in every district, that our past so signally failed, and who poorer neighbours know the truth, in their failure have imperilled and are not deceived and led away the best interests of the empire. by the fallacies of political agitaTo prevent this result, and to tors or the vapid and unreliable place the truth broadly, clearly, harangues of self - seeking polifully, and fairly before the con- ticians. The present Government stituencies, should be the special is a Tory or Conservative Govaim and the welcome task of all ernment in so far as it is detrue lovers of their country. More termined to preserve and to walk than this, an opportunity should in the spirit of our constitution; be given to every constituency in but it is emphatically a Liberal Great Britain to record its votes Government in the best sense of in favour of supporters of the the word, in that it is ready to present Ministry, and of those adopt any and every reform which loyal principles, which they profess can be shown to be an improveand uphold. In order to secure ment, and to march boldly forward such a result, “organisation ” is upon such a path of progress as the word which every Unionist will really and certainly lead to should have in his mind, and the the promotion of the welldoing course which he should urge upon and prosperity of the people.
THE Hyacinth Club has the course of its members is the magreputation of selecting its mem nificent smoking-room on the first bers from among the freshest and floor, the bow-windows of which most active spirits in literature, command a view up and down the science, and art. That is in a fashionable thoroughfare, and over sense true, but activity in one or the trees and the undulating sward another of those fields is not a of the Park to the gates of Buckcondition of membership; for, just ingham Palace. On a Monday as the listening Boswell was the afternoon, in the beginning of necessary complement of the talk- May, the bow-windows were open, ing Jolinson, so in the Hyacinth and several men sat in leather Club there is an indispensable con- lounges (while one leaned against tingent of passive members who a window-sash), luxuriously smokfind their liveliest satisfaction in ing, and noting the warm, palpi. hearing and looking on, rather tating life of the world without. than in speaking and doing. Some A storm which had been silently thing of the home principle of male and doubtfully glooming and and female is necessary for the gathering the night before had completeness even of a club. burst and poured in the morning,
The Hyacinth Club-house looks and it was such a spring afternoon upon Piccadilly and the Green as thrills the heart with new life Park. The favourite place of con and suffuses the soul with expecta
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tion-such an afternoon as makes ing of his eye, which spoke of ripe all women appear beautiful and all experience rather than of green men handsome. The south-west hope. He bore a very good Engwind blow soft and balmy, and all lish name-Courtney; and he was nature rejoiced as the bride in the believed to be rich. There was no presence of the bridegroom. The member of whom the Hyacinth trees in the Park were full of sap, Club was prouder than of him : and their lusty buds were eagerly though he had done nothing, it opening to the air and the light. was commonly believed he could The robin sang with a note almost do anything he chose. No other as rich and sensuous as that of the was listened to with such atten thrush; and the shrill and restless tion, and there was nothing on sparrows chirped and chattered which he could not throw a fresh about the houses and among the and fascinating light. He was a horses' feet, and were as full of constant spring of surprise and inthe joy of life as the men and terest. While others were strivwomen who thronged the pave- ing after income and reputation, ments or reclined in their car- he calmly and modestly, without riages in the sumptuous ease of obtrusion or upbraiding, held on wealth and beauty.
his own way, with unsurpassable Of the men who languidly gazed curiosity, to the discovery of all upon the gay and splendid scene which life might have to reveal. from the windows of the Club, It was this, perhaps, as much as none seemed so interested as the the charm of his manner and conman who leaned against the win- versation, that made him so unidow-frame. He appeared more versal a favourite ; for how could than interested -absorbed, indeed envy or malice touch a man who -in the world without, and he competed at no point with his looked bright and handsome fellows? enough, and charged enough with His immediate neighbours, as buoyant health, to be the ideal he thus stood by the window, were bridegroom of Nature in her a pair of journalists, several scien. springtide.
tific men, and an artist. He was a dark man, tall and “ Have you seen
any of the well built, with clear brown eyes. picture-shows, Julius ?" asked the His black hair (which was not
painter, Kew. cropped short, as is the fashion) Courtney slowly abstracted his had a lustrous softness, and at the gaze from without, and turned on same time
an elastic bushiness, his shoulder, with.tbe lazy, languid which nothing but the finest-tem
grace of a cat. pered health can give; and his “ No," said he, in a half-absent complexion, though tanned by ex- tone; “I have just come up, and posure, had yet much of the smooth- I've not thought of looking into ness of youth, save where the razor picture-galleries yet.” had passed upon his beard. Thus “ Been in the country? " asked seon, a little way off, he appeared Kew. & young man in his rosy twenties; “Yes, I've been in the counon closer view and acquaintance, try,” said Courtney, still as if his however, that superficial impres- attention was elsewhere. sion was contradicted by the set “It must be looking lovely," expression of his mouth and the said Kew. calm observation and understand "It is--exquisite !” said Court