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TO CORRESPONDENTS.

INSIDIOUS COUNSELS.

THE ROYAL SUMMONS-

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The Tories are beginning to whisper ominously about their great leader." They are contending that he ought to have insisted on a dissolution when he came back from Berlin, and that an election then would have renewed his majority for another six years. No Liberal will for a moment believe that it would have been so, but it is possible that we should not have scored so great a success as we have done. But the Tory party are sore chiefly on the subject of the famous manifesto which Viceroy Beaconsfield wrote to Viceroy Marl- borough. None know better than they that that remarkable effusion not only missed its mark, but has done them a posi- tive injury. The people were in a common- sense mood, and were not to be frightened by the bogies which the Premier conjured up. They felt that the Empire was not in such a bad way that its salvation depended upon Benjamin Disraeli, nor have they failed to detect the meaning of the semi- barbarous jargon in which he couched his appeal, though that meaning is very differ- ent from the one he desired them to extract. The cunning engineer has been hoist with his own petard, and we may leave his friends to pick up the fragments of his reputation, and try to put them together again. 4

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