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242               Old Memories of East-Bourne. [Chap. XIX.
A revival of this movement took place in 1906 by the formation of the M East-Bourne Advertising Association," hut a statement respecting its operations would be beyond the prescribed limits of time of this book.
The " Guardian " Newspaper and Mr. Disraeli.
I was dining on November 5, 1880, at a dinner party in Grange Gardens, and during dinner was much struck with the violent language of one of the guests in denouncing the late Prime Minister, Lord Beaconsfield. After the ladies had left the room, this unknown gentleman continued his vituperation. I pass over my feelings of indignation, but I sought an opportunity afterwards to ascertain the name of the great man's
traducer, and it turned out that it was ------, the Editor
of the Guardian. This discovery explained everything as to why such venomous language had so frequently appeared in the columns of the Guardian, combined with such extensive laudation of his rival, Mr. Gladstone. I know not whether the Editor ever had any qualms of conscience in respect of this matter ; but this I do know, that many years afterwards, talking over Gladstone's political decadence as manifested by his Home Rule schemes, John Walter of The Times, told me that he, at any rate, had repented of the prolonged and somewhat unqualified support which he in former years had given to Gladstone through the columns of The Times, whereby he had acquired and used such powers of mischief.
A Sermon on Sheep-Stealing.
Amongst a volume of Sermons in manuscript preached by my grandfather in East-Bourne Church I find one, dated July 4, 1819, on the text Psalm xix, 13, from which I make the following extract:
" What think you of that poor man in a neighbouring Parish who was lately convicted for sheep-stealing ? Did not his conduct lead to disgrace and will not his end be punishment ? This man . . . unfortunately took a turn from the Church; and being easily persuaded that there was no harm to rob the King he took a turn to smuggling. Finding there was no harm to rob the King, he also thought that there could be no harm to rob his neighbour
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