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A Great Parliamentary Leader.

. Preparations are being made among the clerical opposition to celebrate m a suitable manner the seventy-eighth birthday of Herr Windthorst, the only member of the Reichstag m whom Prince Bismarck recognised a foeman worthy of his stuel. Nothing is more strange than the contrast between the two men. The one, a burly giant m stature, with a big* loud voice and heavy tread, always arrayed m his uniform of a cavalry general, with boots and spurs complete ; the other, a little old dwarf, almost hunchbacked, with a singularly ugly yet clever face, watery eyes that are hidden behind a huge pair of blue spectacles; a monstrous and almost toothless mouth, from which issues a thin, piping, wooden kind of voice; and clean-shaven cheeks, m every fold and wrinkle of which there seems to lurk a sarcasm or an irony m store for the Chancellor. 3£lt is this little dwarf, however, who is the temporal representative, of the Pope m the German Empire. It is he who is the despotic leader of the Catholic party m German politics—a party of the most heterogeneous nature, since it is composed of great feudal princes and lords, of prelates and of priests, of landed proprietors, of Poles, Hanoverians, and even a sprinkling of Socialists. All these are ranged under the banner of the little old man, who was formerly Prime Minister to King George of Hanover, who has succeeded m blending his loyalty to the overthrown Guelph dynasty with the moßb unquestioned patriotism toward the great German Empire; and who, although three years older than Prince Bismarck, seems destined to survive him. The exChancellor treated with him as from power to power, and at the Parliamentary receptions at which Herr Windthorst was his guest made a point of giving him invariably the place of honor at his right. —London "Star."

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A Great Parliamentary Leader., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2473, 24 July 1890, Incorrect date

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A Great Parliamentary Leader. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2473, 24 July 1890, Incorrect date

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