THE DISRAELI FAMILY.1

“The resources of political invective seem to become poorer every day,” said Lord Beaconsfield to Lord Rowton one day in the library at Hughenden, as he laid aside a Radical newspaper he had been reading. ” Fifty years ago they called me an adventurer, and now, when they are very angry, they cannot think of anything more scathing to say of me.” Then, after a pause, a merry twinkle came into his eyes, and he added: ” Just fancy calling a fellow an adventurer when his ancestors were probably on intimate terms with the Queen of Sheba! ” Lord Rowton used to tell this story in illustration of his chiefs insensibility to criticism. ” He didn’t care a d?n what people said of him,” was the private secretary’s breezy overture to the anecdote. It has, however, another value, w^hich relieves it of some of its apparent irrelevancy. It shows how

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