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"Pshaw! Harry, you know I'm in already." "What can that matter? Well, rather than disappoint you, I'll stand myself."

"Indeed! Then you give up Relton?"

"Not at all. If I am defeated, it will be some consolation to have that left; and if I am elected -no very unlikely thing, my Lord NorfordI shall do as much justice to my double constituency, as many a member does to a single one. And clergymen have a number of livings, so why should not a member have as many boroughs as he can get? Pray do not laugh, my Lord Duke. It is no jesting matter, as you will find. Gentlemen, this is to be a contested election. Henry Lord Hewiston presents himself as a candidate. You cannot refuse him your support, he has already distinguished himself— but I'll keep that for the hustings."

"Oh! it won't do for you to praise yourself."

"What else do men do on the hustings, I should like to know? Now, gentlemen, I trust the majority of you will instantly sport my colours. I am afraid you are already provided for-blue and orange-blue and orange every where; but what colour shall I have? Ladies, pray assist me. Ah, I see, you also are leagued with the enemy. How can you wear such fright

ful colours? Now I will choose something quite becoming; but I see no colour to choose from. Ah! yes, there is a chance for me. Miss Arden still dares to wear a pink ribbon-pink shall be my colour. Pink, the most beautiful of all colours. Miss Arden, I cannot sufficiently express my gratitude for the valuable hint you have given me."

His words were still gay and trifling; but his eyes spoke a different language. Miss Arden was visibly embarrassed: she felt herself the observed of all observers, and this did not tend to re-assure her. Perceiving her distress, Lord Hewiston hastily changed the subject.

"I am sure you are all delighted at the thoughts of a little opposition. Elections are all very well as matters of business, but it is the difficulties I love. I assure you I'm a capital hand at these things. Ah! Lord Hetherford, had you asked me in time, how glad you would have been of my assistance. Now I'll give you an example of my electioneering skill; unless, perhaps, you are tired of hearing me already."

"You do yourself injustice, my Lord, we are all glad to learn of one so experienced."

"Ah! you are laughing at me, but en revanche you shall hear this; you know young Diamond,

Lord Diamond's son: well, he would never have signed himself M.P. if it had not been for your humble servant. I went down there on a visit at the time of his election-found them all in despair-some great liberal had come forward as a candidate, as rich as Croesus, and liberal with a vengeance, paying away right and left; what with fair-words, fair-promises, and very fair-gold pieces, I assure you he was no contemptible rival. When I got there, instead of being called on to congratulate the new M.P., I was told it was all over, the only chance was to unseat the other by a petition. Lord Diamond was ready to spend any money, but he saw it was useless; he could hardly out-bid the other. He was conversing with Haggins, a sharp, shrewd fellow, by the way, his agent and lawyer and confidential adviser: I soon heard enough to understand the case-and soon settled my plans. Your men of business may do very well on ordinary occasions, but in an emergency you want men of spirit and determination."

"Like yourself?"

"Exactly so! Well, some kind friend was lamenting the mournful affair-'poor Diamond, it's all up with him.' Poor Diamond, indeed, thought I, and this gave me a hint. I overheard my Lord conversing with his agent, offering to

spend any money, but now it was useless. I instantly went up to him, and took him quite by surprise-assured him that everything was possible-that I was the most skilful tactician, (and so I am)-in a word I promised to do everything, if he would give me the management of the affair. 'It is a decided failure,' said he, 'You can do nothing: May I do what I can? Oh! certainly. Poor Haggins looked confounded, but I knew I should want him; so turning to him with an agreeable smile, I quite reassured him, 'Come, Mr. Haggins, I can do nothing without you, come, never fear, we shall beat them all." So I took him away, and told him my plans; he understood me directly-he was really a quick, clever fellow. He went up to London,-got everything with great expedition, and in a few days we began,-luckily I had arrived nearly a week before the time. Well, first we had placards in every direction proclaiming-' Diamonds are trumps! this told very well, I assure you. In matters of this kind it's astonishing how a trifle takes with the mob. Then we solemnly declared the enemy might bribe, but we should never think of so insulting the independent electors. Then on the placard there was a doggerel verse, telling them :

-all to get

A diamond rosette."

And then from our head-quarters we distributed these rosettes. A bow of ribbon, you know, like these you have got here, with a diamond in the middle; you cannot imagine the effect it created. Our adversary might bribe but it was all in vain; the novelty of the thing pleased, it was quite astonishing. The things were capitally done by a Jew in London: I need not tell you they were not all real diamonds, but they looked as well. The mock ones were distributed freely; but every important voter was presented with one of these ribbon rosettes with a real stone in the middle, in the shape of a ring or brooch, or pin, or something. This pleased the ladies, you know-and the ladies are everything in an election,-and in everything else, indeed. The great day came,-we triumphed gloriously, and without insulting any one by spending a shilling in bribery. Was not that capital?"

"Capital, indeed," re-echoed on all sides. Every one had listened with interest, and the gay, animated manner of the speaker contributed not a little to his success.

"Lord Hewiston is a clever fellow," observed one to his neighbour, " that was a capital trick."

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