do justice to the Philistine mind, such as it is, for which he is spokesman; he apprehends it uncertainly and expounds it ineffectively.
And so with the house and lineage of Murdstone thundering at him (and these, again, through Lord Derby as their interpreter) from the Cape, and the inexorable Prince Bismarck thundering at him from Berlin
, the thing naturally ends by Lord Granville at last wringing his adroit hands and ejaculating disconsolately: “It is a misunderstanding altogether!”
Even yet more to be pitied, perhaps, was the hard case of Lord Kimberly after the Majuba Hill
Who can ever forget him, poor man, studying the faces of the representatives of the dissenting interest and exclaiming: “A sudden thought strikes me!
May we not be incurring the sin of blood-guiltiness?”
To this has come the tradition of Lord Somers, the Whig
oligarchy of 1688, and all Lord Macaulay's Pantheon.
I said that a source of strength to America
, in political and social concerns, was the homogeneous character of American society.
An American statesman speaks with more effect the mind of his fellow-citizens from his being in sympathy with it, understanding and sharing it. Certainly, one must admit that if, in our country of classes, the Philistine middle class is