No one

from personal bitterness, none where a rather strong complaint of his having the readiness is greater at the proper done so. I have since learned with ro. moment to drop Party feelings and ex- gret that Lord Beaconsfield had, just clusively to consider that which is for before he received that message from the national dignity. I believe it is for me, swallowed one drug and had inthe dignity of the nation that from time haled another drug, in quantities nicely to time, and on exceptional occasions, adapted so as to enable him to speak Parliament should recognize the public free from the oppression of his complaint services of statesmen, not as a proof of during the time that that speech reuniversal approval of the particular quired for delivery. I cannot help thinkpolicy which they may have pursued, ing that such incidents as these, although for that would be impossible, but as an not very great in themselves-one at the acknowledgment of unusual abilities de beginning, and the other at the end of a voted in eminent positions to the service Parliamentary career which lasted 44 of the State. My Lords, it is impos- years—were proofs of that determinasible for anyone to deny that Lord tion which he possessed, and that conBeaconsfield played a great part in tempt for obstacles which might have English history.

can deny alarmed weaker men. My Lords, I his rare and splendid gifts, and his remember another small fact connected great force of character. No one can with this House which appeared to me deny how long and how continuous have indicative of Lord Beaconsfield's selfbeen his services, both with regard to control and his great patience. Almost the Crown and Parliament. I doubt any man coming into this Assembly as whether to many public men can the Prime Minister, and with a great oraquality of genius be more fitly attri- torical reputation, would have been imbuted. It was by his strong indi- patient for an opportunity of display. I viduality, unaided by adventitious cir- dare say your Lordships remember how cumstances, that he owed his great per silent and how reticent Lord Beaconsfield sonal success. My Lords, I myself, as- was for two or three months after he came sisted by some of those social advantages into your Lordships' House; and it was which Mr. Disraeli was without, came only when an unfounded charge was inade into the House of Commons at an early against him that he took the opportunity age, and six months before he took his of making a speech by which he immeseat in that Assembly. I thus heard diately obtained that holdover your Lordhim make that speech famous for its ships' House which he had so long mainfailure, a speech which I am convinced, stained in “another place.” Some men if it had been made when he was better exercise influence over others by possessknown to the House of Commons, woulding in a stronger degree the qualities have been received with cheers and sym- and the defects of those whom they inpathy, instead of derisive laughter; but fluence. Others produce the same effect which, owing to the prejudices of his from exactly contrary causes. It is proaudience, he was obliged to close with bable that Lord Beaconsfield, with few a sentence, which, like a somewhat prejudices of his own, and more or less similar ejaculation of Mr. Sheridan, tolerant of those of others, belonged to showed the unconquerable confidence the latter class. I never knew a greater which strong men have in their own master, in writing, in speaking, and in power. My Lords, the last time that conversation, of censure and of eulogy. Lord Beaconsfield spoke in this House a His long habit of sparkling literary speech of an argumentative character composition, his facility in dealing with was a few weeks ago. I think it was about epigram, metaphor, antithesis, and even 10 o'clock on the second evening of the alliteration, gave him a singular power debate on Afghanistan that Lord Bea- of coining and applying phrases which consfield sent me a message saying that at once laid hold of the popular mind, he purposed speaking directly. I sent and attached praise or blame to actions back a strong remonstrance. Two noble of the contending Parties in the State. Lords who formerly held Office, and a Lord Beaconsfield had certainly the third with remarkable power of speak- power of appealing in his policy, in his ing, wished to take part in the debate. character, and in his career, to the imaLord Beaconsfield, however, persisted, gination of his countrymen and of foand I thought I was justified in making reigners, a power which was not extin

Earl Granville

guished even by death. With certain them in our ranks, I know no brighter exceptions, Lord Beaconsfield was sin- or more brilliant example than that of gularly tolerant with regard to his poli. Lord Beaconsfield. My Lords, I beg to tical opponents, and very appreciative of move the Resolution of which I have their merits. I believe no more happy given Notice. compliment as ever paid to Lord Pal. THE MARQUESS OF SALISBURY : merston and Lord Russell than by Mr. My Lords, the noble Earl, in the graceDisraeli in the House of Commons; and ful language with which he has moved I have heard one of Mr Cobden's dearest the erection of this last and melancholy friends quote, as the most touching speerh tribute to a political opponent, justly he ever heard, the tribute which Mr. said, not only that contested questions Disraeli paid in the House of Commons were in no degree affected by the action to his great and victorious Free Trade that he or your Lordships might take, opponent. I myself can boast of having or by the language that he used, but been treated in this House by successive also that not many words were needed Leaders of the gr’a: Conservative Party to commend this Motion to the acceptin it with great kindness and great fair- ance of Parliament. My Lords, it is ness; but I am bound to say that by true that in this case not many words none was that great fairness and for- | are needed; because one of the most bearance more remarkably displayed striking phenomena attending on Lord than by Lord Beaconsfield during the Beaconsfield's brilliant and remarkable few years that I had the honour of sit- career has been the deep interest with ting opposite him, and on some previous which, through his illness and after his occasions with regard to Foreign Affairs. death, his fate was followed, not only by My Lords, the noble Duke (the Duke of his own friends and adherents, but by Richmond and Gordon), on Thursday, men of every class and degree in this speaking on the authority of an intimate country, and by distinguished men of friend, told your Lordships how kind great influence and power in other counand good-natured a man in private life tries also. My Lords, whatever else may Lord Beaconsfield was. I believe that be said of the deceased statesman, this, at to be perfectly true, notwithstanding the least, can never be gainsaid-his memory singular power of destructiveness which will ever be associated with many and he possessed, and sometimes exercised. great controverted issues ; but the his. I remember being told by one, to whom torian must always add that, when the the constant devotion of Lord Beacons- fierce struggle was over, and the great field during his life as one of the cha- career was closed, there was no doubt racteristic traits of his character, that what the verdict was of his countrymen not only was he a kind and good-na- upon the services he had rendered. tured man, but that he was singularly This unanimity of opinion with respect sensitive to kindness shown to him by to one whose measures were necessarily others. There is one reason, my Lords, much contested will suggest various exwhy this House should pay respect to planations. That his Friends and Colthe memory of Lord Beaconsfield, which leagues should mourn his loss and reis not altogether of a disinterested cha- gard his memory is only too natural. racter. It has been said of the British I have not the same title to speak on aristocracy, sometimes as a matter of this subject as many of those beside praise, sometimes of blame, that they me have, because my close political are proud, wealthy, and powerful. There connection with him was comparatively is an element, however, of a democratic recent. But it lasted through anxious character mixed with this aristocratic and difficult times, when the chaconstitution of the House of Lords, which racter of men is plainly seen by has certainly added to its wealth and those who work with them. And upon strength, possibly to its pride. It is the me, as I believo upon all others who unexclusiveness which is peculiar to the have worked with him, his patience, Institution. of the smoothness with his gentleness, his unsrerving and unwhich the portals of this Assembly roll selfish loyalty to his Colleagues and his back before distinguished men, without fellow-labourers, have made an impresreference to caste or to blood, of the sion which will never leave me as long welcome which is given to such, of the as life endures. But these feelings could distinguished place which is assigned to only affect the limited circle of his immediate adherents. The impression which compared with this one great question his career and character have made on how the country to which he bethe vast mass of his countrymen must longed might be made united and be sought elsewhere. To some extent, strong. The feeling which he showed to a great extent, no doubt, it is due to was repaid to him abundantly; and it is the peculiar character of his genius-to because this conviction spread itself to its varied nature, to the wonderful com- all classes—both among those who were bination of qualities which he possessed, his friends and those who were his op. and which rarely reside in the same ponents—that this Vote which has been brain. To some extent it is also due to moved by the noble Earl, and wbich I the circumstances to which the noble have risen to second, is no expression of Earl has gracefully and eloquently al- any Party or sectional feeling, is no reluded--the social difficulties of his early presentation of any opinion upon any lire, and the steadfast perseverance by controverted question, but is the homage which they were overcome. These facts and recognition of an united people to were impressed on his countrymen, who the splendid genius and the magnificent love to see exemplified that open career services they have lost. to all persons, whatever their initial dif

Moved, That an humble Address he presented ficulties may

be, which is one of the cha- to Her Majesty praying that Her Majesty will racteristics of their institutions of which give directions thať a Monument be crected in they are most proud. They saw in Lord the collegiate church of St. Peter, Westminster, Beaconsfield's life a proof that whatever the Earl of Beaconsfield, K.G., with an inscrip. difficulties may attend the beginning of tion expressive of the high sense entertained by a man's fame, if the genius and persever- the House of his rare and splendid gifts, and of ance are there, the most exalted position his devoted labours in Parliament and in great and the widest influence are open to any offices of State; and to assure Her Majesty that subject of the Queen. But there was

this House will concur in giving effect to Her

Majesty's directions.-(The Earl Granville.) another cause. Lord Beaconsfield's leading principles with respect to the great- TIIE EARL OF MALMESBURY: My ness of his country, more and more as Lords, I think it would be

very life went on, made an impression on our if, after the two able speeches to which country. Zeal for the greatness of Eng. we have listened, this Motion should be land was the passion of his life. Opi- at once agreed to; but I should be maknions might differ, and did differ, deeply ing a great sacrifice to my own feelings as to the measures and steps by which were I not on this occasion to express expression was given to that dominant my opinion, not upon the great talents feeling; but more and more as his life and political powers of Lord Beaconstrent on and drew near to its close, as field, but upon the virtues of his private the heat and turmoil of controversy were life, and the remarkable and laudable left behind, as the gratification of every lines he has always followed both as possible ambition negatived the sugges. regards his friends and his foes. My tion of any inferior motive, and brought excuse, my Lords, for speaking of him out into greater prominence the sacred- is the intimate acquaintance I had with ness and strength of this one intense him. I knew Lord Beaconsfield at an feeling, the people of this country re- earlier period than my noble Friendcognized the force with which this de- before he had been a Minister. I was si doniinated his actions, and they a Member of the first Cabinet in which repaid it by an affection and reverence he sat. I was with him in four Cabinets which did not depend upon, nor had afterwards. I was in the last Cabinet any concern with, their opinion as to as in the first; and, with all that conthe particular policy pursued. My Lords, stant occasion of knowing him well, of this was his great title to their attach- seeing him, hearing his sentiments, and ment-that above all things he wished observing his manner and character, I to see England united, powerful, and must say I have not known a more great. The questions of interior policy complete character as far as regarded which divided classes, he had to consider the good-nature, amiability, and sincere them-he had to form his judgment friendship which he always displayed. upon them and take his course accord. Men who have seen him sitting in this ingly; but it seems to me he treated place, where he gained so much honour, them always as of secondary interest, might naturally think that, with his un

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moved countenance, with not a shadow claimed—“Repose ! good Heavens! re-
upon his cheek, however he might have pose!” I think his manner and intona-
received the thrusts of the greatest tion impressed one more than anything
gladiators of the day, he was a man else with the invincible power of work
without the common feelings of human -his determination never to give way
nature. But that was not the case. I while he could do work in the service
knew no man who felt disappointment of his country-which he possessed. It
more, or so much enjoyed triumph. It was with great satisfaction that I heard
was his indomitable courage which en- the Motion made by my noble Friend.
abled him to master his features, as it My noble Friend behind me (the Mar-
supported him through all the difficulties quess of Salisbury) has said most truly
of his career. He had every domestic that one of the most powerful passions
virtue which I consider a man need have. of Lord Beaconsfield's breast was the de-
He was supported—fortunately for him, sire to maintain the power and the
for he always said so—by a most ami- honour of England; and therefore it
able and devoted wife, to whorn he was is our duty, and a most melancholy duty
himself equally devoted. He has often it is, to raise a monument to this great
told me that without her fortitude and and distinguished Englishman.
great devotion to him, encouraging him
when he was disappointed, and sharing sentiente.

On question, agreed to, nemine dis-
with him his triumphs, he could not
have succeeded in life as he had done. Ordered that the said Address be pre-
I remember, when at last he was de- sented to Her Majesty by the Lords with
prived of the support of his wife, he said | White Staves.
to me with tears in his eyes—“I hope

House adjourned at a quarter before some of my friends will take notice of

Six o'clock till To-morrow, me now in my great misfortune, for I

half past Ten o'clock. have no hope; I have now no home; and when I tell my coachman to drive home, I feel it is a mockery." Lady Beaconsfield was equally devoted to him.

HOUSE OF COMMONS, I recollect a remarkable story, which illustrates this devotion; it is one which Monday, 9th May, 1881. your Lordships have, perhaps, heard; but he told it to me himself. One day, when MINUTES.) - Select COMMITTEE - Artizans' Lord Beaconsfield was driving to the

and Labourers' Dwellings Improvement, apHouse of Commons, having a very



Public Bills-- Motion for Birl-Parliamentary portant speech to make, the servant, in

Oaths, debate further adjourned. closing the door of the carriage, shut it Ordered - First Reading Local Government on Lady Beaconsfield's finger. She had Provisional Orders (Askern, &c.) *. [152]; the courage not to cry out or say a word, Newspapers * [154]; Highways and Loco

motives Amendment Act, 1878 * and not to move until he was out of sight,


Tidal Rivers (Interments) * [156]; Agricullest it might disturb him and interfere

tural Labourers (Ireland)* [157]. with the speech he had to make. A very First Reading-Land Drainage Provisional Orehort time before his death an incident ders * (163]. occurred which showed the extraordinary Second Reading - Local Government (Gas) Pro

visional Order * [145); Pier and Harbour courage and perseverance which existed

Orders Confirmation * (143); Land Law (Ire-
in his character. I was walking with land) (136)-[Fifth Nighi]-debate further
him, and we met an old friend, a gentle- adjourned ; Merchant Shipping [151], de.
man who had formerly been very active ferred.
in public life, and who had reached the
age of 84, and was still looking, for that

age, very young. Lord Beaconsfield
said to him—“How is it you maintain
your youthful appearance and your

ROYAL IRISH CONSTABULARY AL. health in the way you do ?” Our friend

LEGED MISCONDUCT AT BALLINA. answered—“My Lord, by enjoying all

MON. the

repose I can.” I could not attempt MR. SEXTON (for Mr. BIGGAR) asked to give your Lordships an idea of the the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutone in which Lord Beaconsfield ex- tenant of Ireland, Is it a fact that

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the police under sub-inspector Barry of Major Traill has been acting for the Ballinamon, when out assisting bailiffs last fifteen months for another resident to serve ejectments on the “King” pro- magistrate absent on sick leave, the perty near Ballinamon did, when they Government will at once take steps to found a house tenantless, search it, and, appoint a competent person in the place if they found no one in charge drank of the absent official ? all the milk and sucked all the eggs MR. W. E. FORSTER: Sir, I have they could find on the premises ; and, instituted an inquiry into the circumif the allegation is true, will he stances referred to in the Question, and take means to have the guilty parties what I understand to be the case is punished ?

this. Sixteen persons were arrested on MR. W. E. FORSTER : Sir, I have a charge of assault in September last at made inquiries into the facts of this the place named, and detained in the matter, and I am glad to say that these lock-up. Three of these persons tvere charges against the constables are quite the persons alluded to in the Question. unfounded.

Two of them who had committed the

offence were convicted by the magistrate LAW AND JUSTICE (IRELAND) — AL-named; but this conviction was illegal,

LEGED ILLEGAL SENTENCES — MR. because they were tried at the gaol by TRAILL, R.M.

one magistrate, and not at petty sessions MR. HEALY asked the Chief Secre- before more than one magistrate. I tary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, have received no official report of the If his attention has been called to the proceedings referred to, nor of the lan; proceedings in the Exchequer Division guage used by Mr. Justice Fitzgerald of the High Court of Justice in Ireland at the trial; but I have no reason to on the 25th April, in the case of Egan believe that it has been inaccurately v. Traill, the defendant being a resident given in the newspaper reports

. The magistrate of Parsonstown, and the ac- commitment was made by the magis; tion one of three brought against him trate in ignorance of the law for having illegally sentenced to im- Major Traill has been sufficiently penalprisonment and hard labour persons ized for the error he made by becoming who had been arrested by the police on the defendant in three actions. He was a charge of assault

, Mr. Traill having appointed by the late Government to do gone on a Sunday to the police barrack duty in the place of the resident magiswhere the men were in custody, and trate, who had asked for leave of abalthough they offered bail and asked to sence, and has since resigned in consebo remanded to petty sessions, refused quence of ill health. Å successor to to postpone the cases, and imposed on Major Traill will be sent to Parsonsthe men sentences of imprisonment vary town in a few days' time. ing from eight days to one month. The men were in gaol for the whole of these CRIME (SCOTLAND) -- ALLEGED OUT: respective periods, and the affidavit

RAGE AT BRAEHEAD, DUNFERMstated that they had to sleep upon LINE. plank beds; whether Baron Fitzgerald stated when refusing Mr. Traill's appli- the Lord Advocate, If his attention has

MR. SEXTON (for Mr. BIGGAR) asked cation, that he “liad sentenced three been called to the following paragraph several men to imprisonment illegally;" from the daily newspapers : whether when excusing Mr. Traill's conduct his counsel stated that he, head, near Dunfermline, about midnight at

“ A daring outrage was committed at Brasbeing only a major in the Army, “could Sunday. While Thomas Nickol, coachinan at not be expected to know the law accu- Lassadie House, and his wife and family were ther the Government will consider Major territic noise, and on going to the door they legal position, and upon whose recom- about five inches in length by three inches in mendation Major Traill was appointed, diameter, which had evidently been filled with and by whom it was sanctioned ; and, some explosive substance and a lighted fuseo whether if it be true, as appears from applied to it

. It is presumed that the perpose lately presented to this House, that through the window; but, fortunately, it struck

Mr. Saxton

found at a little distance from the window of

trators of the outrage must have thrown tho

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