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Prince Bismarck in a Rage.

Prince Bißmarck made an unexpected appearance in the Reichstag on May 18, when he came to help the Government in passing tho Bill for the insurance of the old and indigent. The Chancellor looked hale and strong, and delivered a speech lasting an hour and a-half, fnll of brilliant passages. He spoke impressively but in a low tone, so that some of his sentences were almost inaudible. After stating that his absence from the debate was duo not to lack of interest in tho Bill, but to the necessity of confining himself to the superintendence of the foreign and domestic policy of Prussia and the Empire, which required all his strength, he delivered aphi'ippic against the parties that make up the Opposition, which has been expected for months. He dealt first with the Extreme Left—the Socialists, They lived, he said, at war with us, and, like the French, would take up arms as soon as they felt strong enough. Their whole policy was to prepare themselves for that event. He was not surprised at the Opposition of the German Liberals, as they had never voted for him.

At this moment the members of the Opposition cried "The Army Bill," and then ensued a scene. Frinee Bismarck answered: " I do not know whether your support then was due to love of the Empire, or to the lessening of your dislike for me, or to party necessity." Upon this Herr Eugene Richter cried "Shame."

The Chancellor, in a state of great excitement, took several steps towards the Left, and said: " If anyone cries ' shame' to me I call him insolent." At this there was great uproar on the Left, and slight cheering from the Right. " You do not like to hear the truth, but I &m compelled to tell it to you. I will not be insulted by you, otherwise I will insult in return. I regard it as an expression of hatred of those, peopje (Epin|jugtfo of wniQb I b'aVe been the object for years,

As a Christian I can forgive that, but as Chancellor I shall fight against it. As I stand here I do not permit anyone to say Buoh a thing to me unanswered." The Chancellor's anger against the German Liberals was expressed more moderately. As to those whom he called tho friends of the French, ho added that Germany by no means went to war in order to inoculate herself with the Frenchmen who wero rashly admitted into the Reichstag to take part in legislation for tho whole Empire. This remark referred to fourteen protesting members for Alsace-Lorraine. Of tho extreme Coneeivatives he 6aid that when roused they differed but littlo from the Socialists. The Chancellor concluded with a second appeal to the Government parties to shake themselves free from the Socialists, Poles, Guelphs, Alsatians, Frenchmen, and German Liberals, and quoted tho lines from Goethe's 'Faust,' in which Gretchen expresses her regret at seeing Faust in the devil's company.

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Prince Bismarck in a Rage., Evening Star, Issue 7966, 23 July 1889

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Prince Bismarck in a Rage. Evening Star, Issue 7966, 23 July 1889

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