“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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