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in many constituencies with which he had no personal connection. It was a terrific ordeal through which he was called upon to pass; but most happily for himself, and most happily for his country, he encountered it successfully. The whirligig of time has brought him his revenge, and he now has the pleasure of appearing before the Liberals of Bradford, in conjunction with one who a few years ago was one of his bitterest and least scrupulous assailants, as the selected candidate in the Liberal interest for the borough at the next election.

Mr. Forster's public career is so well known, that it is needless to take up my space in recapitulating his story at any length. The son of a man who was distinguished during many years as one of the most earnest, devoted, and self-denying of those philanthropists whom the Society of Friends has given to the world, and the son


in-law of so eminent and noticeable
personage as Dr. Arnold, he held even in his
earlier years a prominent position in West
Riding society. All his own tendencies,
both in political, social, and religious matters,
were strongly Liberal; and twenty years ago
there were few men in Yorkshire who were
regarded as being more advanced than the
Wharfedale manufacturer, whose stalwart
figure and striking features were so familiar
to the people of Leeds and Bradford. After
an unsuccessful attempt to secure a seat in
the House of Commons as Member for
Leeds, he became, in 1861, the representa-
tive of Bradford. For a considerable number

after his election the world at large, and Bradford itself, believed that never were constituency and member better mated than in this particular case. Bradford Liberalism is perhaps a little rough, somewhat 'coarse i’ the grain,' apt at times to be too impatient

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and emphatic ; but, on the other hand, it is intelligent, shrewd, honest, and robust. Both in his defects and his merits, Mr. Forster seemed to bear a strong resemblance to his constituents. He, too, affected no excess of mental polish, showed a strong distaste for the subtleties of politics, and was anxious to get at the right end in the right way, than to consider party prejudices or party interests. So for a time Bradford and its Member enjoyed an unruffled honey

Mr. Forster very justly dwelt upon the honest pride which he felt in representing such a constituency; and Bradford, on her side, believed that no borough in England had a representative more entirely after its own mind than she had. The first symptom


any change in these happy relationships seems to have presented itself when Mr. Forster took office in the Gladstone Administration of 1868. The


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seven or eight years he had spent in Parliament, and his experience in the Colonial Office, had necessarily taught him many things. Among others, he had discovered, as all men do whose lot it is to deal with practical politics, that the obstacles in the way of reform are much more real and formidable than the enthusiastic Liberal outof-doors is inclined to imagine. Furthermore, it is evident that Mr. Forster possessed to a somewhat unusual degree among politicians, the faculty of seeing both sides of the shield of contention. Without abating by one jot his own convictions on any public question, he showed that he could feel the force of the convictions of his opponents. He became distinguished in the House of Commons, in consequence, for his fairness towards those who differed from him, and his anxiety to conciliate rather than to over-ride his antagonists. Bradford, which

knew its Member and liked him, would probably have acquiesced without hesitation in his gradual transformation from the vehement Radical of the platform to the prudent and sagacious Minister, and would speedily have recognised that the transformation was not merely inevitable, but meritorious, if it had not been for one circumstance. It fell to the lot of Mr. Forster to have to deal with the question which, next to that of the Church itself, is that round which the bitterest passions, the strongest prejudices, the most cherished convictions of the public, centre. He had, as Vice-President of the Council, to bring in an Education Bill. It was a dangerous task for any man to attempt to perform ; but to no man could it be more dangerous than to Mr. Forster, who enjoyed among the Radical party the reputation of being the most advanced and thoroughgoing of all the members of the Government, and

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