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[122] lips relax, eyes lighten into humour, and everyone begins to chatter and shake hands. Some slip away to spread the news elsewhere. The knots and groups break up, and many seek for details in the messages which still keep pouring in.

“Play over,” says the well-known voice; “ Durell repudiated, Belknap discredited, Sheridan excused. The President abandons all responsibility. Sheridan is not sustained, and his recommendations are described as unlawful. Yes, the play is over. Sheridan will now have time for his pleasure trip, and he may then go home to his wedding-cake. Third term? The third term is dead. Exit Caesar!”

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