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DISRAELI LAYS HIMSELF OPEN.

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DISRAELI LAYS HIMSELF OPEN. A writer in the Illustrated Times thus describes Mr. Disraeli as an orator:— Mr. Disraeli commenced, to use one of his own pet phrases, with that gravity which is due to great occa- sions." But, how is this? Scarcely has the great leader of the Opposition spoken a quarter of an hour, and yet you see members sliding out, and the division lobby is filling with loungers. Well, if the truth must be told, Mr. Disraeli does not hold the House as he used to do. Even his own friends, or party we should say—for has Disraeli any friends ?—get weary of him. He ranges so widely, they say, and labours so heavily, more like a Dutch lugger working against wind and tide than the dashing, raking schooner-yacht, with every sail set, scudding before the gale, which he used to re- semble. On Monday night he was specially heavy, and at times even wearisome. He elaborated his periods, occasionally halted for a word, was embarrassed in his action, now and then putting his hand up to his head-- a sure sign that he was not at ease-and altogether failed to hold the ear of the House. Of course the House was decorously quiet, for Mr. Disraeli is still the leader of a great party; but it clearly was-not very eager nor very attentive. As for oilrselves,, we have long made up our minds about Mr. Disraeli. For a slashing onset, when an opportunity arises for such a charge- say when some party manoeuvre is to be exposed, some grand coup to be achieved, in short, a mere party battle -our great Caucasian is admirably fitted for his work; but a debater, in the real meaning of the word, he is not, and never was. He lacks logical power, cannot calmly reason for the life of him, and whenever he attempts to do so always miserably fails. And then, again, he always gives you the notion that he is not honest—that he himself is not confident of the correct- ness of his position, or rather that he is conscious of its incorrectness, and is labouring hard with glossing sophistry to make that which he does not himself believe in to look like truth—in short, "to prove the worse the better reason." Well, what are you at in the House ?" said a noble lord to a Conservative country gentleman of the clear hard-headed school, of which sort of men we have a considerable number in the House--men who, though they cannot talk, ca.n see dearly, nevertheless. "Well," was the reply, "Dizzy is just laying himself open for Gladstone to double him up."

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