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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 29, 1909, Lethbridge, Alberta THE LETHBKIDGE DAILY HERALD WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 1909. IS! Clearing off the Winter Fur Lined Coats and Fur Coats in FUR LINED COATS IN FUR LINED COATS WE HAVE THIRTY LEFT TO CHOOSE FROM 5 Fur Lined German Otter Collar, Marmot Lined, all wool snell, clearing price 10 genuine Labrador Otter Collar, Musk Rat Lined, all wool snell, clearing price 10 the best Eastern Rat Lining, Hadisfield Shell and No, 1 Otter Collar. These coats are the regular Clearing price 5 Earshell Persian Lamb Collars, Eastern Rat Lined, Hadisfield Shell. These coats are worth Clearing price 2 Natural Raccoon Coats, the quality. Clearing price _ 5 Brown Bulgarian China Dog, Russian Calf, some with combination collars, worth s from to Clearing price 4 Ladies' Astrachan Jackets, the best quality, worth Clearing, price i Take Advantage of these Rare argams MacLEO R 0 S. The Great Clothiers of the Great West CALGARY: LETHBRIDGE i One Hundred Years Ago Grand Old Man Was >orii To-day the English-speaking world! For eighteen years he represented celebrates the centenary ol the birth i the University of Oxford, until his of Britain's greatest Englishman, who! Alma Mater rejected him because of stands head and shoulders above the i his Radical tendencies. Addressing men of the Victorian the electors of South Lancashire, af- Other intellectual giants, who first j terwards, he "At my saw the light in the same year, viz., i friends, I have corne amongst vou 180U, which gave to Englishmen their unmuzzled. I have been driven irom Grand Old Man, have had their cen-j my seat I have loved the Univers- T'0nc ent year.. Darwin, Tennyson and Lin- coln have each left their .divine im- press upon the national life of their time, in their own particular line but the name of Gladstone forth, in a more General way, as the master mind of the century. Early Environments Exactly one -hundred, years ago to- day William Ewart' Gladstone was born ia Liverpool, England, of Scot- tish, parents. His father, Sir Jobji Gladstone, was born in Leith. Scotland, removing pbll, where he became an. assistant to a firm merchants. He rapid- ly rose in his new position and soon became a partner in the firm, and fin- of Oxford v sionate love, and as long as I breathe that attachment will continue. If my affection is of the smallest advantage to that great, that noble institution, that advantage, 9 such as it' it is most Oxford wiJl possess as long as I _ 'Gladstone and Beaconsfield he first, took up the fight against his great rival, Lord Beacons- field, then known, as Benjamin Dis- raeli, who was the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Gladstone being in Oppo- sition. Just at this point it is to', note that rwhile Gladstone's en- vironments were essentially retrogres- sive, and by .espousing the people's ally became one of the merchant prin- cause ,he- ha.d everything to lose and foe- ftf "f.Viia T j ces of the ci'ty of Liverpool. His mother, Lady-'Gladstone. .whose maiden name was Robertson was of Lowland birth, with a Tin-Re of Gaelic blood in her veins, which combina- tion of hereditary qualities probably accounts for the son's career as an orator and an agitator, from the ma- ternal side, and his gigantic and un- rivalled success as a financier, an.en- dowment from the paternal side. His early days were spent in an en- vironment .of happiness, contentment and and at the ase oi thirteen he was sent to Eton, which has laid the educational foundations of many nothing to gain, apparently, he show- ed the greatness of his character and his trust in the people (which is to- day one of the Liberal campaign cries "Liberalism meaas the Peo- On the other hand Disraeli commenced his political career" as a Radical, but -having more to gain deserting the cause of the people and espousing the cause of the privileged classes, joined the forces of reaction and- became one of the most famous of Conservative leaders. Brilliantly sarcastic and powerful. as was his rival, he was no match in finance with the unique ability of of England's greatest sons. During Gladstone, and as the result of the the six years he spent in that in- Ck O- M.'s successful opposition to tellectual incubator of scholars and statesmen, he failed to become dis- tinguished in his studies, beyond be- ins recognized as a hard-working, stu- dent. But, blessed with a fine phr- sique, and a rare knowledge of keep- ins: it in working order, he early fle- the Conservative budget, the Tory Government was defeated and on an mppeal to the country the Liberals .were, returned" to power, with. Glad- stone as the' Chancellor of the Ex- chequer, which position he continued to occupr. with his well known bril- veloped the habit of self-preservation, j liancy, under every Liberal adminis- which enabled him then, as in after tration for the greater part of the rears, to accomplish so much. .aext half century, during which per- lmrin.e: his Eton days -he not onlv i he gave the nation those historic made his debut in the field of journal- i budgets, which have done so much to ism, by editing the -t-bej make him famous and which have ne- ver been approached by any subse- quent -government, or any other party College Journal, the ambition- of most university men, but -showed signs of that brilliant oratory which' until the now famous Lloyd-George subsequently elevated him to Bill of which we are hearing .pinnacle of fame' as England's much. brilliant orator; and later in lifej Gladstone the Premier earned from his only- great rival that j Gladstone became Premier of Eng- well known niece of stilted sarcasm, j in the year 1868, for the first Lord Beaconsfield, after "dredging the j his fifty-ninth year and after described the G. 0, M. I. thirty-seven years of strenuous poli- as a man who was "inebriated the exuberance of his own verbosity." tical warfare. His brilliant career, us Britain's first Commoner, for the After leaving- Eton, and a vear of next forty years is so much a matter private tuition under the parent's of history and so universally recog- roof, he was sent -to Christ Church, j nised that- it is unnecessary, in this Oxford, where, after a brilliant three' short sketch, to discuss in detail, years' course, he graduated with a No one will be foolish enough to double first. claim that it was unsullied by fail- Goes to Westminster i ures and mistakes, which no one was TT I wore willing to admit, or more sin- He was first elected to the House i j v T. _ i cerely regretted, but he stands today, of Commons as the Tory member tor! n i this Centenary of his birth, as tne -pocKet borough of Newark premier statesman f the Yic_ the year 1832, and one 01 the A and esting records of the historic eventr r T> i. t.- 4." j ivhole trend of British history. was witnessed bv the writer, in .New-: One oi his first acts as Premier oi ark Castle, three vears ago, which; r-n gland, was the disestablishment or consists 01 one of the original T j i the Churcii of Ireland, which action tion handbills, addressed-to the elec-! ,4. resulted in his rejection bv the Lmi- tihe versity oi Oxford. During the early 'SO's he passed through the Commons an act which showed the truly Democratic spirit with Which he had become imbibed, which was the extension of the fran- i chise to the agricultural laborers, re- i suiting in the enfranchisement of over abl-ea him to enter the stormy arena; a million of voters, and a Redismbu- of politics. T100., tion Bill, which remains as the pre- -In 183-i he was first elected to a T sent arrangement of constituencies, seat, in the government, as Junior i T In 1886 he made the supreme effort Lord of the Treasurv, and an the fol-1 of his life, anff against fearful odds, lowing year, while a mere boy of T h-e practically sacrificed his political twentv-six. was advanced to the DO-, 0 career, bv an attempt to penorrn sition oi Tjndcr Secretary to the Col-; what he regarded as an act ot jus- i tice, by the introduction of his first As all his domestic, social, i. T TIT, _ v, .Home Rule Bill. When, in that Par- tional and political environments' x. v. _. liament, he discovered that the >ia- were of an essentially Conservative! tionahsts had been returned over character, it is all the more wonder-! d hc izcd ,the ful, and a sulendid tribute to his su-i A, _ j justice oi wieir cause, as VvC-n as wre prcrac unselfishness, and truly Demo- t umtv and strength oi their demand. cratic instincts, that when the f, _ Although it resulted in dividing the Corn Law agitation aroused the na-' 'Cabinet, and the secession of such of tion, he identified himself with Cob- _ _ TT his most eminent colleagues as Lord den. Bright and Peel. Havm, OR (aftcrwards the Duke of his seat, he .was not.m the House m gW John Rr t tbp Commons during those historic t rb_ bates, preceding the repeal of the, r A iance in England, Joseph Chamber- Corn Laws, but he devoted his mag-' A -1 4.1- At. t. XT. :lam; and his suoseq-uent defeat at the nificent gitts, both through the press' polls, all of which there is little and trom the rostrum, in defence otj doubt he anticipated, his famous tors of the figures of polling being Gladstone, 677; Hand- ley, 612 i 4- in with the vicious practice which then obtained, whereby a handful of the propertied class decided those tions, is the system which firs "A Free Breakfast -which carne- one of the .undying principles of his subsequent administrative career. In 1845. when Free Trade was first introduced, no less than articles of common use were taxed, and in a few years, thanks largely to Glad- stone's administrative ability, thev reduced to 48. In 1858 he re-j pealfd thf uapfT duty, which inaugur- atrd the era of chfap literature, nlac- it within roach of the poorer classes of the community. Home Rule Bill .was introduced bv a four -hours' speech, which was one of the most memorably eloquent and sustained .appeals ever addressed to people of England-. In 1892 he formed another and the last of his ministries, and again in- troduced a Home .'Hale Bill, which was accepted by the House of Com- mons; but thrown out by The House of Lords. He resigned the Tiremier- (Continued on Page Seven.) ;