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TIT-BITS. TOTTENHAM IN HIS BOOTS." I heard the expression in my boyhood, anell have heard it many times since, but not until quite recently did I know whence the saying originated. As I found it, so I will give it. There used in olden time to be a rule of order in the Irish Parliament requiring all members to appear, at regular sessions, in full court dress; and in order that the rule might be enforced, a penalty of five hundred pounds was fixed for its infraction. The rule was first broken and thereafter expunged, as follows An important question was being debated be. tween the Governmcnt and the Opposition, touching the application of a sum of sixty thousand pounds then lying unappropriated in the Irish Treasury. The Government members were in favour of giving it to the king, while the Opposition insisted that it should be expended within, and for the benefit of the country. A vote on the question was likely to be taken one day earlier than had been ex. pected and as the forces were very nearly equally divided, it was necessary that there should be no absentees.. Upon looking over the roll and counting noses, it was found by the Opposition that one of their leading men was absent-Charles Tottenham, Esq., of Tottenham Green, County Wexfordâsixty miles distant. A swift messenger was sent to warn him. Mr. Tottenham received the startling intelli- gence just as he was ready tu set forth upon a ride over his estate, clad In a rough home garb; his feet incased in a pair of enormous jack-boots. He hesitated not a moment after he had received the message from his friends he swailed a tumblerful of strong punch, called for his best horse, and set forth. He reached the Parliament House in Dublin covered with mud-for the roads had been in a shocking conditionâand as he leaped from hia saddle he was informed that the all important question was about to be put to vote. So, just as he had left his saddleâin jack-b<«ots, mud, and all âhe forced his way into the vestibule, and towards the inner door, where the Pergeant-at-arms efcopped him, and reported his case to the house. But the speaker dared not refuse a member ad- mittance. He might enforce a penalty, but he could not refuse a constitutional privilege. So, to the utter amazement of the full-dressed members, into their midst, making his way to the front, came Tottenham in his oots I-and 8uch boots But Charles Tottenham voted; and the Opposition carried the day by a majority of exactly one vote I Tottenham paid the fine of X-500, but he was the last of whom the penalty was exacted. His friends quickly made up to him the amount of the fine, and then procured an expungement of the order. Not a great while since I saw, hanging in the studio of a friend, a fine steel engraving of the subject of our sketch-an excellent portrait of Tottenham, in the act of ascending the steps of Parliament House in Dublin, in Ujji nvgb itoma garb, and in-h.i. boots. 0

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