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suggested that he had never father's death; . . . "we have inspired a pamphlet in his life, lost the refuge of private disthat he know nothing about tress, the balm of the afflicted the sot of undermining & col. heart, the shelter of the miserleagae. He cajoled, ho impor. able against the fury of private tuned, he plotted with Lord oalamity; the arts, the graces, Middlesex or with any other the anguish, the misfortunes who would listen to him, he of society have lost their pleaded his own unworthiness. patron and their remedy. I "Every one had their faults," have lost my proteotor, my he said; “I might be vain, I companion, my friend that might be high, and yet mean loved me, that condescended very well, and be made very to hear, to communicate, to useful.” There speaks the true share in all the pleasures and Dodington, who, in what he pains of the human heart, called "transaoting business," where the social affeotions and was indefatigable. He was emotions of the mind only ready to spend days, even presided, without regard to weeks, in talk, and if he did the infinite disproportion of not oonvince his interlooutors, our rank and oondition." he must surely have bored With much more to the them. How long the Prince's same purport. And having patience would have endured disburdened bis soul, he the garrality of his humble looked about him for a fresh servitor we do not know, for patron, a fresh oooasion of the argument was abruptly intrigue. His task was not brought to & sudden end by easy. So far he had never his death.

been faithful to the trust Thus, in a moment, Doding- roposed in him. He had inton's vision of poerages, ribbons, sulted Walpole, he had inand secretaryships of state sulted Pelham, he had sided vanished into thin air, and he with the Prince against his was left friendless and alone. father. At the very moment That he might

might serve the of the Prince's death he had Prinoe, he had angored the been busy with a project which King and deserted Pelham. taxed to the full even his Yet he was neither dismayed ingenuity. This was nothing nor abashed. He oomposed a less than a union between the funeral oration

upon his independent Whigs and the master and himself, which Tories.


Party, Horace Walpole called Bubb sketched by Dodington's sande tristibus, and which he oer- guine mind, was to "renounce tainly did not intend should all tinotare of Jacobitism, and bloom and wither in obsourity.offer short but constitutional “We have lost the delight and revolutional principles.” and ornament of the age he Only a true politioian could lived in,” thus he wrote of invent such principles as those the Prinoe, with whom he had – principles which were at been eagerly anticipating his once “constitutional and rev


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olutional”; and Dodington and in that case nobody would must have smiled with an be more weloome to me at inward satisfaction s he Weymouth than Mr Ellis.” wrote the words. He thought, Cynicism cannot go further moreover, that “there were than this. Of principles, good grounds to hope for a opinions, patriotio aims, Dodhappy issue.” And then the ington know nothing. Pelbam Prince died. And what could had a place or two to sell, and Dodington do bat_exclaim: Dodington had a handful of “Father of moroy, Thy hand, boroughs—the eurrenoy which


— that wounds, alone oan save!” could purchase them. And

It will be seen that his hope the old comedy went on again, —to unite the inoompatibles, to transferred to another stage. abolish principles at a strokeBoth parties were willing to do is the hope whiob has inspired business, and a bargain might all politicians who have lived easily have been struck, if only and plotted since the time of the King_had not been obDodington. It inspires the durate. He was not a polieminent statosmen who rule us tician in the true sense. He to-day. If only oonstitutional had been affronted by Doding. meant the same thing as re- ton, and he was very angry. volutional, there would be no He would not forgive the man more strife, and the best and who had encouraged his son in wisest of Prime Ministers, who- rebellion. When Dedington ever he be, might be tenant for appeared at Court the King life of his high office. But asked Pelham what brought Dodington's plot of a new him thither. Pelham replied, party failed, as such plots "to show his duty, and that he always fail, and he had done wished to live in his favour.” nothing more than make a new “No," said the King, “there has orop of enemies. Neither his been too much of that already.” spirit nor his resource deserted However, the conversations him. He swore eternal fidelity continued without any result to the widowed Princess, and for some three years. Dodingwent straight off to Pelham, ton was truoulent and obse. offering him his allegianco, quions by turns. When the and his interest, and his Princess taxed him with disboroughs on certain terms. loyalty to her, he said that "in The position W88 simple politioks we must aot in some enough. “As I W88 now,' way or other, and we cannot wrote Dodington, "entirely ease aotion for a time and free from engagements, I was then take it ap again.” That sinoerely desirous of Mr Pel- such a man should use the ham's favour and friendship, if word "action" at all is absurd, he would accept of my friend- and yet why should he andership and attaohment; if, then, rate his servioes, when he would he would accept of my services, “undertake to chuse five momhe might, under proper con- bers for the present Ministry ditions, command my interest, without putting them to a




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by-election. The them to make a single tide- oandidates still flatter the waiter"? Pelbam escaped venal wretches on the platfrom Dodington's importunity form at the top of their voice, by death alone, and left him and then in the intimacy of and his grievances and his colleagues paint them in their threats to his brother, the true colours. As for DodingDuke

of Newcastle. The ton, he liked neither the Duke and Dodington were per- wretohes nor their low habits, feotly well matohed, Each He gladly tolerated them bewanted to get as much as he cause, with an energy which in oould out of the other. The another cause might have been Duke knew how handsome admirable, he was determined Dödington's proceedings had to make some figure in life. been, and Dodington blandly“I earnestly hoped it might be reminded the Duke that "there under your protection,” he told were few who could give the Newcastle, “but if that could King six members for nothing." not be, I must make some For nothing, said he ! Yet figare; what it would be, I for nothing he would stir could not determine yet; I neither hand nor foot. Every must look round a little, and "action” which he performed consult my friende, but some had its prioe, and mounted in figure I was resolved to make." value like the Sibylline books. To us it seems remarkable that He was not one to forget these two plotters could meet “marketable ware.” When, to day after day and bargain and serve the King, he took part in shaffer, without laughing in the Bridgewater eleotion, the one another's face. And yet sum of money he had spent they were partioularly grave there rose in the ooarse of a about it, and I do not suppose few months from £2000 to that Dodington smiled, even £3400, and finally reached the when the Duke of Newcastle respectable figure of £4000. kissed him!

And then, as if to increase Dodington did not out the the value of his sacrifice, he figure he wished to out, and had the impudence to deplore Newcastle 80 far failed to the corruption of the voters. appease the placeman that he He solemnly regrets the days was presently charged with which were “spent in the in- "weakness, meanness, coward. famous and disagreeable oom- ice, and baseness. Bat at pliance with the low habits last the King, upon whose of venal wretches." Thus the death Dodington had speculated politioian always deplores the for a quarter of a century, died, manners and morals of the and Dodington was raised by electors, whom his own greed his successor to the peerage as and ounning have corrupted. Lord Meloombe. His childish The bypoorisy is an uglier Vanity expressed itself with sin than the greed, and you childish exuberance, and the may match them both to-day honour, enjoyed for too brief & space, inspired him, no doubt, "not with too intense a care, to compose the best oopy of in which are summed up, with verses that ever he wrote. an exquisite touch of humour, After all, the polioy of unen- the selfishness of his kind. lightened egoism which he had In brief, he was a politician, pursued for sixty years had not a patriot nor a leader of gerved him well enough, and as a forlorn hope. And they err he looked back on his career, who say that we must forgive he saw and put into words him, because he should not be what had always been his true tried by the standard of our aim

time. The standard of his

day is still the standard of ours. “Love thy country, wish it well,

Whether we like it or not, we are Not with too intense a care, 'Tis enough that when it fell

governed by Dodingtons, whose Thou its ruin didst not share." care of their country is not

" too intense,” and who agree We oan almost forgive Dod- with their master that “it is

gton all his follies, all his all for quarter-day." vices for those few words,


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It was the tenth of the round bis nook. He was a big bright half of Kartik, or in the burly man, and his

his bold, phraseology of Europe, some- roguish eyes were at variance where towards the end of with his sacred calling. In Ootober. I had gone down to the hope of a story, I threw & Pandharpur, the great seat of silver coin into his bowl and Krishna-worship in the Ma- said “Salaam Maharaj! Are ratha country, that I might you a Brahman of Pandhar. 808 the pilgrims come from all par?At the same time I parts of the Deooan-indeed drew a cigar-oase from my from all parts of India-to pooket and offered him a cigar. prostrate themselves before the The anchorite's lips curved in image of the god Krishna. a hesitating smile, which grew There was still a good deal of broader as he said, “Ah! the water in the Bhima river, that Sahib talks Marathi. He unruns in a wide sweep past derstands." Then, after Pandharpur, and the ferry- pause, he said, “I am not

were doing a roaring a Brabman, Sahib; I am business, plying their ferry- Guravl from the temple at boats full of pilgrims, armed Atibaleshwar.”

«You are 8 with yellow flags, across the Gurav from Atibaleshwar,' river. The red horse-heads I repeated, “I know the which adorn every Pandharpur temple there well. But what ferry-boat bobbed up and down brings you here, Bbatji?” as they breasted the ourrent, “It is a long story, Sahib; and the men and women on but if


will sit down under board laughed as the waves yonder tree, where I have my splashed them and wetted their staff and black buckskin, it olothes,

may interest you to hear it.” Suddenly I saw a begging The anohorite led me to a tree bowl thrust under my nose, some way down the stream, and I heard a deep gruff voice There he had built himself a say in a whine, that was yet olay stove, and there lay his half a threat

cooking pots and bedding. “Alms! alms! In the name The breeze from the river was of God, give me alms !”

cool, the shade was thick, and I turned and saw

there was probably not a cosier in the saffron garb of the or more seoluded nook in all anohorite with shaven head Pandharpur. At the

same and & rosary of tulsi beads time it commanded a fine view

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Guravs are a Sudra caste who sweep the temples and keep them clean. They take no part in the worship of the god. That is for the Brahmans.

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