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Osborne, of Newton Anmer, Tipperary, the line be so altered, as it will appear in anand had thus become connected with other edition. large landed property in Ireland. He had Believe me, with sincere regards, yours very taken the name of the heiress he married, truly,

E. LYTTON BULWER. and became from henceforward “ Bernal

Bernal Osborne must have been astonOsboroe.” During Sir Robert Peel's ad. ministration he became a constant critic ished to receive such a letter. A poet's of its Irish policy, particularly during the pen is very apt to write what nobody, not disastrous famine of 1846. On the disso. even the inspired bard himself, can under.

stand. lution of Parliament in 1847, Bernal Osborne tried again the constituency of

There is a inost admired passage in Wycombe, but the rebellion against Lord Campbell's “ Pleasures of Hope: Carrington had been a cause of such suf. Where Andes, giant of the western star, fering to the independent electors, that with meteor standard to the winds unfurled, they were now induced to support his Looks from his throne of clouds o'er half the nominees. Bernal Osborne, however, on

world. the advice of Wycombe notabilities, stood for Middlesex against Colonel Wood, and A lady once asked Professor Wilson was triumphantly returned.

for an explanation of these lines. He In the new Parliament Bernal Osborne was very indignant, read the lines aloud, became one of its favorite orators. He and declared they were splendid. particularly distinguished himself in the sir," said the lady," what do they mean? Pacifico debate. His speech on behalf of Dashing the book on the floor, he exLord Palmerston was considered by all claimed in his broad Scotch accent: “I'll parties as an immense success. Bernal be daumed if I can tell !” No wonder Osborne was selected to take the chair at that at a meeting of the district Browning the banquet given to Lord Palmerston in Society, assembled to explain the unex. honor of his victory. In the course of his plainable, a disturbance took place closely speech he quoted as descriptive of his resembling the row which occurred in hero the following lines of Sir Edward Bret Harte's scientific society when Ab. Bulwer :

ner Dean of Angel rose to order, and re

ceived instead of thanks for his pacific Warmed by the instincts of a knightly heart, intervention a chunk of old red sand. That roused at once if insult touched the stone in the abdomen. George the Secrealm,

ond has been much abused for saying, “ I He spurned each State-craft, each deceiving hate boets and bainters too.” The fact

art, And met his foes, no vizor to his helm.

is a poet puzzled his very small mind. This proved his worth; hereafter be our

Shortly afterwards Lord Palmerston boast

was dismissed from office, and Lord Jolin Who hated Britons hated him the most. Russell's administration was soon snuffed

out by his late colleague. Lord Derby He immediately received the following was called to the helm. The Derby Cab. extraordinary remonstrance from the in- inet consisted of thirteen members, and jured poet:

was called, Mr. Bagenal tells us, the

" Who? Who?” ministry, because when DEAR OSBORNE, — It was extremely flatter. Lord Derby was telling the Duke of Wel. ing to me on such an occasion as the dinner lington the names of the Cabinet, the duke, given to the honor of Lord Palmerston, that you should have thought anything that I had who was rather deaf, after each unfamiliar written worthy of illustrating the transcendent name said, " Who? Who?" Bernal Os. talents of that great statesinan. Much, how. boroe attacked them as a baker's dozen ever, as I was flattered by this notice, I could leagued together to put a tax on bread.” have wished that you had selected any oiher In fact, during the short-lived existence of passage of my works for quotation, for, on the the Derby ministry, there was no more life of me, on reading it I could not understand, successful critic of it, its doings and mis. “And met bis focs, no vizor to his helm.Idoings, than Bernal Osborne. certainly wrote it, but what has a vizor to do

At the dissolution in June, 1852, Lord with a helm and a helm with a vizor (and yet Blandford was proposed in opposition to the company cheered)? The line might have him for Middlesex, and was only defeated run, and not altogether inappropriately — for my hero, if I recollect rightly, although en

by a small majority. Bernal Osborne's dowed with great talents, was rash, indiscreet, opposition to the Ecclesiastical Titles

And met each foe, no wiser than the Bill, and his support of the Maynooth last." If the speeches should be printed, let | Grant, had been very unpopular with some

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of the rabid Protestants in his constitu- collisions with Lord Palinerston, in which ency

the old statesman held his own. When, on the fall of Lord Derby's Liskeard

an orthodox Whig government, that of Lord Aberdeen suc- borough, and Bernal Osborne gave of. ceeded, Bernal Osborne was offered, and fence to the leaders of his party by bis accepted, the secretaryship of the Admi. criticisms on Lord Palmerston, and par. ralty. Henceforth Bernal Osborne be- ticularly by his refusing to vote against came a silent member, except on two the vote of censure moved by Mr. Disraeli. occasions, when he was thought to have He had to go down to mollify his constitused very indiscreet language for a memo uents. We give an extract from his ber of the government. In one speech he speech on this occasion, in which be gave attacked Mr. Newdegate, and in the other an amusing ancedote illustrating the imthe Horse Guards.

potence of the government. Lord Palmerston when beaten on the Chinese question dissolved Parliament.

This reminds me of the story of the man Berpal Osborne stood for Dover, a bor-a great ornithologist — who advertised that he ough in which the Admiralty had an inter- that he would sell it to a buyer for £500.

had got the cleverest parrot in the world, and est, and was triumphantly returned; but This bird began to create a most sensible exwhen at the dissolution on Mr. Disraeli's citement, and it was sold — not to the KenReform Bill be again presented himself, sington Museum, for it was not in existence he was beaten by his own weapon. Ber- at the time ; but I believe if it had, it would nal Osborne had said, or was reported to have been eagerly purchased by it, but it was bave said, that thirteen shillings a week sold to a respectable old lady who gave the rewas quite enough for a dockyard laborer. quired £500 for the bird. She kept it for a A squib came out which had great suc. and if' she had kept it for a hundred years it

season, but still it did not talk a single word, We give two verses of this pathetic would not have by that time uttered anything; ballad. The song " Lillibullero" hastened the fall of the Stuart dynasty: “Thirteen not spoken anything. About this time, she

She kept it for about a year, and yet it had bob a week” extinguished the Bernal met the man, the famous ornithologist and the Osborne régime in Dover.

former owner of the bird, and asked him the Bernal OSBORNE, OR THIRTEEN SHILLINGS time expressing surprise at

reason that it had not spoken, at the same

when he anA WEEK.

swered, “No, but it's a devil to think." I

think that is very much the case with the Air - The King of the Cannibal Islands.

domestic policy of the Ministry. Poor dockyard laborers are we,

His constituents were pacified for the All broken down, as you may see,

time, but finally he had to leave Liskeard, Reduced to this 'ere poverty

and at the general election of 1865 he was By that there Bernal Osborne !

not a candidate for any place. In May, His thirteen bob a week won't do To keep ourselves and children too,

1866, Sir Robert Clifton and Mr. Morley So this advice we give to you,

were unseated for Nottingham, and Ber. To turn out Bernal Osborne !

nal Osborne was requested to stand as Chorus — His thirteen bob a week, etc., etc. an independent candidate. The Liberal

clique he opposed was called No. 30, from 'Tis hard when they have wealth galore, the room where it met. Some gents, instead of giving more,

Bernal Osborne's opponents at NottingShould wish to screw and starve the poor,

ham were Lord Amberley, Sir George Like snarling Bernal Osborne ! If he would only leave his club,

Jenkinson, and last, but not least, Mr. And work like us to earn his grub,

Handel Cossham. Bernal Osborne com. He'd find how little thirteen bob

plained that he was the only candidate Would do for Bernal Osborne !

who had not a “ handle " to his name. Chorus — For thirteen bob a week, etc., etc. Mr. Bagenal writes :

Bernal Osborne had to seek refuge in Osborne's principal butts in the House were the small borough of Liskeard. Lord the humdrum doctrinaire Radicals, who had Derby resigned after the election, and a profound horror of his penetrating arrows, Lord Palmerston again became prime which found out the weak joints of their philminister, but no offer of office seems to length they assumed very ceremonious airs,

osophical harness. To keep him at arm's have been made to Bernal Osborne, who and always addressed him as “sir.” But it was returned for Liskeard in August. He was of no avail, and he contrived many a laugh again became the popular free lance of the against a class of men for whom his strong House of Cominons. He had frequent ! practical mind had a good deal of contempt.


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Lord Amberley and Mr. Cossham were which there was an amusing, discussion the nominees of No. 30, and Bernal Os between Bernal Osborne and one of the borne rattled his jokes about their heads leaders of the mob, one “Red Lights," at the nomination. " It is reported I am who would not let Sir Henry Barron, the no Liberal,” said Bernal Osborne. “Why rival candidate, have a hearing. I was a Liberal when Lord Amberley was in his perambulator.” This jest at poor

Red Lights — Hurraw for Grubb, the poor little Lord Amberley, who looked as if he man's friend ! ought never to have got out of his

Another voice - Come on, if you please, Mr. peram

Osborne — speak up. bulator, moved the pateroal heart of Lord Russell, who wrote a letter of mild remon- whole world to a man if his wife's a widow ?

Red Lights (waving his cap) – What's the straoce.

Another voice Three times three for But it was on the devoted head of Mr. O'Donovan Rossa! Handel Cossham, the Radical, that Ber- Another voice — And for Captain Mackey, dal Osborne poured the vials of his wrath. be the hokey. If I had had Lord Osborne for my father,

Mr. Osborne – 'Tis one man only that is inpicture to yourself the cringing sycophancy of terrupting Sir Henry Barron - I have my eye Mr. Handel Cossham. There is no worship. Red Lights - and if you are men you will turn

on him — he ought to be turned out — -'tis

you, per of rank so abject as a recreant demagogue. him out. Remember this, men and women of Notting. ham, for the women form a large portion of man; didn't I cheer for you? I'm here to

Red Lights (indignantly) — Go to blazes, my party, and many of those I see before me are well dressed, and I have no doubt their

support the tenant-farmer.

Mr. Osborne — Red Lights, will you hold principles are as beautiful as their faces. – Men and women of Nottingham, upwards of

your tongue ? two centuries ago a despotic monarch reared e'er a man, except the peelers, to turn me out.

Red Lights — Turn me out! I defy you or on Standard Hill the flag of despotism against independence. That monarch was supported tleman — he's comin' on.

Berwick - Shut up, boy, and hear the genby the oligarchy, the No. 30 of his day; but they fought a vain contest against the people. my boy, and three cheers for the poor man's

Red Lights - We'll hear you, Mr. Osborne, Cossham has raised his standard of civil war

friend all through. Let Sir Henry finish in this town; Cossham, like Charles I., will

whatever he's chattin' about. not lose his head, but he will lose his election.

At this point Red Lights, with clothes all The ladies were violent against Mr. disordered, opened out his arms and fell back Handel Cossham on account of his tee. upon his admirers, who carried him to the total principles, for their favorite song, according to Mr. Bagenal, was,

A too enthusiastic supporter is a trouIf she take a glass often,

blesome appendage at election times, for There's nothing can soften

though he may be a fool he is still a The heart of a woman like Nottingham ale. friend. Once when Sir David Salomons

Supported by sirens like these, and by at Greenwich began a speech, “Gentle. Bendigo, the prize fighter, who, though men, circumstanced as I am," a friend now a temperance lecturer, became a vic. below, in order to encourage him, roared tim to Osborne's eloquence, Bernal Os. out, “Go on, old boy, circumcised as you borne was returned at the head of the poll. are; all right.” But alas! when he stood again for Not.

The first election terminated in the de. tingham he was at the bottom of it. Like feat of Bernal Osborne, but he again re. Prince Rupert, on returning to the field turned to the charge when Mr. P. J. of victory, be generally found his camp in Smyth, the Nationalist orator, was his op. possession of the enemy.

ponent. We have heard that an English caodi

The local Homer in the Waterford date for an Irish constituency was very Chronicle thus describes the nomination. much amazed to see at the end of his ad. versary's address the diabolical advice,

THE NOMINATION. “ Poll early and often." He wisely bolted, This is the hall of the Court House.

The and sought fresh diggings. It would have

loud-voiced murmuring people been better for Bernal Osborne if he had Sit in the galleries, and shout, and raise a con

tinual uproar. never stood for the town of Waterford. On the front bench are seen the candidates The scenes which took place at the three and their supporters contests, as related by Mr. Bagenal, are Osborne and P. J. Smyth, and Grubb, the almost incredible. We give an extract “ friend of the people.” from the account of the nomination, at


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But when Osborne arose, such hooting and tongues, mingled with shouts of laughter and cheering and hissing

roars of “Divide,” until at last Whalley, having Never before had been heard in the hall of the spoken for some few minutes, sat down pantWaterford Court House.

ing but satisfied. Not mine to tell of his speech, for his words were absorbed in the tumult.

This was a good practical joke, but with Then followed Smyth, and harangued and ad- other exploits of the same nature, it made jured them to turn out the stranger.

people doubt Bernal Osborne's capacity “Let him go back," shouted he, “ to the land for business. Mr. Rolfe, afterwards Lord that enslaves and torments us.

Cranworth, was in court one day when So the day passed on with loud and dissonant the leader of the circuit was keeping his clangor,

audience in a roar of laughter.

“ How Chaff and nicknames, and yells, and question- glad I am,” said Mr. Rolfe, “ I am not so ings hard to be answered ;

clever as that!” Mr. Rolfe, by a discreet While from the outer grounds the deep-voiced

use of his talents, became lord chancellor, neighboring people Spoke, and in accents cantankerous answered although lios legal abilities were of no the roar of the Court House.

high order. Mr. Bethell, afterwards

Lord Westbury, had a poor opinion of Bernal Osborne, although victorious, then, for one day, when Lord Cranworth had to fly for his life, escaping through a said he could not at present make up his second-floor window over the roof into mind on some legal question, Mr. Bethel the skylight of a draper's shop, and having said contemptuously to his junior counsel, thus effected a burglarious entry, he found " His Lordship says he will turn it over shelter stowed away in a bundle of blan- in what he is pleased to call his mind." kets. “I am slowly recovering,” he wrote Mr. Bagenal tells us that Lord Macauafterwards to a friend, “ from the success lay said that in order to get on in society of an Irish election.”

it is necessary to be dull and supercilious. In 1874, at the dissolution, he again There was some years ago a nobleman stood for Waterford, but was defeated by thought to be “ Absolute Wisdom” be. the celebrated Major O'Gorman, who cause he spoke in monosyllables and stood on the liquor interest, declaring that raised bis eyebrows scornfully when any “a man had a right to drink as much as intricate subject was discussed. Some. he could walk away with.” The major body who sat next this magnificent being lost his seat at the next election for co-at dinner complained to Lord Durham that quetting with the teetotallers and voting he was disappointed with him.

“ Good for Sunday closing !

heavens,” said Lord Durham, "you don't Bernal Osborne's Parliamentary career

mean to


he talked !” was now closed. Society, Mr. Bagenal An absurd attack was once made on tells us, pressed the displaced politician in Bernal Osborne as a tuft-hunter. Diners. to its service, and he was the most sought out are jealous of one another. Mr. Hayfor guest at the best dinner-tables in Lon. ward was in the same way scandalously don. This seems to us to have been a attacked, and figures as Venom Tuft id poor compensation for his absence from Mr. Samuel Warren's “ Ten Thousand a The House. If he did not succeed in his Year." Now Mr. Warren was himself not career, it was not from want of conspicu. exempt from the charge of liking great ous ability, but partly from lack of ambi- people. There is a bar story told of him, tion and partly, perhaps, from the English that once when sitting in court by the notion that wit and business are not com side of a brother barrister, he said to him, patible. He had failed in his career and “I must go now, Davison, as I am going he knew it. He would often exclaim to to dine with Lord Lyndhurst.” So am an intimate friend, “ Oh, S-, if you only 1,” said Davison. Warren looked disconknew how much my jokes cost me!”

certed, but went out of court, and quickly Mr. Whalley was always rising to address came in again, and said to Davison, the house. One night he had risen at stated "When I said I was going to dine with periods during the whole sitting. At about Lord Lyndhurst, I was joking.” • Well,” two o'clock, when it was the evident sense of said Davison, "so was I !” the House that the question should be put, the Bernal Osborne had no respect for Speaker arose and amid dead silence began to rank per se, and he would have chaffed put the question. Suddenly Osborne shouted,

a duke with the same pleasure as a coster" Now's your tin, Whalley!” and such was

Here is a terrific encounter the commanding tone of his voice, ringing as monger. it did through the whole House, that Whalley which he had with a sneezing archbishop rose like a machine and began : " Mr. Speaker, at Dublin Castle during the reign of Lord Sir,

Then burst forth a babel of Carlisle.

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A lady whose rendering of some of Moore's | well murmur sadly to themselves, “Oh melodies gave great satisfaction to the Viceroy, for one half-hour of Bernal Osborne !” was singing one of his particular favorites, We do not wonder at this, for a duller “One dear Smile,” whilst his Excellency sat House of Commons than the present was listening attentively at the piano beside her. never assembled; and the best debates Suddenly there was heard a terrible, fit of have certainly this year been in the House sneezing. Every one looked up, and the culprit was discovered to be no less a personage of Lords, which we venture to say has lost than Archbishop Whateley: The famous prel. po popularity with the country from its ate had always been notorious for his uncere firin stand against ministerial menace. monious manners, and on the present occasion People who care not about politics, read he gave a further illustration of them. Again the debates in the Commons for what is and again was the sneezing repeated, and as amusing; but, alas ! they do not find it, the Archbishop was in close proximity to the except when the “Grand Old Man” is piano, and assisted his sneezing efforts with a drawn by Lord Randolph, Mr. Ashmead large red silk handkerchief, the situation be: Bartlett, or Mr. Warton. came first painful and then ridiculous. Finally Berpal Osborne would have been with

How delighted the fair songstress was obliged to cease singing, and “One dear Smile” was transformed the two latter worthies ! How he would into a very broad and irrepressible laugh. Ber. have enjoyed a pinch from Mr. Warton's nal Osborne's musical sensitiveness was out- snuff-box! How he would have revelled raged to such an extent that he remarked in in a skirmish with the fourth party, who, his most caustic manner, “I trust your Grace's we believe, would have given a banquet next sermon will not be cut short by a sternu-l in his honor! The only amusing speaker tatory obligato of the same description, or you now is Sir Wilfrid Lawson, and his will certainly blow the whole of your congrega. speeches are beginning to smack of the tion out of church."

cold water which he advocates, rather The archbishop was rather uncouth. than of the sparkling champagne which he Once good Dr. Murray, when seated by keeps in his cellar. We differ from Mr. bim at the Education Board, felt some. Bagenal on one point. Instead of “Oh thing moving in his coat pocket, which for one half-bour,” we say, “Oh for an turned out to be Dr. Whateley's foot.

hour of Bernal Osborne !" Here is an extract from Bernal Os. borne's note-book, which is apposite at the present time. THE CABINET COACH,

From St. James's Gazette.

MODERN CATHEDRALS. Driven by a Gladstone, with rather a scratch political team. The wheelers of the old Whig The present is, for Englishmen, a breed, slow, but not remarkably sure, and given cathedral-building age. In saying this to stumble. The leaders apt to overpull the there is no need to reckon the Roman driver, and do all the work... The coachman Catholic cathedrals, some very small and too fond of galloping down hill, and the rising others more worthy of their name, which guard disappoints the steady-going passengers by blowing his horn instead of looking to his within the last forty years have sprung up drag.

in many of our towns. The Church of

England itself has during the present genWe are afraid unless Lord Hartington eration built many cathedrals in the coloblows his born louder and dispenses with pies; it has one (Truro) now in progress the drag altogether, he will be summarily at home, another (Liverpool) in immediate dismissed by his Radical leaders.

prospect, and a third (Manchester) in con. Berdal Osborne died in 1882, at the templation. The new cathedral at Cork, seat of his son-in-law, the Duke of St. Al. too, is hardly yet complete ; and the same bans.

may be said, with even less reserve, of The duke, in his excellent preface, that at Edinburgh. writes that it is impossible to do justice to Remembering what our old cathedrals Beroal Osborne's never failing wish to are, it is not surprising if the attempt to serve a friend. When a member of Par. build new ones presents itself to certain liament, we know he did innumerable minds as a sort of forgery of antiques. kindnesses in pressing the claims of de. The time was, two or three generations serving people on the government. If since, when no gentleman's park was conanybody had been ill-used, he could not sidered quite complete without a ruin, and chose a more energetic advocate.

when those gentlemen who were not forMr. Bagenal tells us that those who tunate enough to possess one sometimes sit in the House of Commons now may I had an imitation set up of bricks and

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