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290                Old Memories of East-Bourne. [Chap. XX.
remarkable. He was born without legs or arms, and used to ride, and drive, and write, and make speeches, and, I believe, shave himself. I can testify to some of these things, because I used often to see him both at the House of Commons and at the Carlton Club. His name was Kavanagh, and he sat for the County of Carlow for 12 years (18681880), losing his seat in the latter year. He first entered Parliament in 1866 as Member for the County of Wexford. Amongst other things he was fond of yachting, and the story is told of his having once fallen overboard, and owing his life to his want of legs. Sharks made for him, and sharks, as is well known, always go for the legs of their victims. Finding this victim had no legs, they went away, either frightened or disgusted, and Mr. Kavanagh swam to a place of safety. How he did it I know not, as I was not there.
I pick out the following as great or interesting debates during the years embraced in this book down to 1902 amongst the many to which I have listened :
(1)  1860, May 21, Repeal of the Paper Duty (Lords).
(2)  1861, June 19, Church Rates Abolition (H.C.)
(3)  1869, June 17, Irish Church Robbery (Lords).
(4)  1884, May 13,2nd Egyptian Vote of Censure (H.C.)
(5)  1885, Feb. 27,4th Egyptian Vote of Censure (H.C.)
(6)  1888, June 26, Vote of Censure (H.C.)
(7)  1889, May 9, Deceased Wife's Sister Bill (Lords).
(8)  1890, June 5, The Channel Tunnel (H.C.)
(9)  1892, Mar. 10, Salvation Army, East-Bourne (H.C.) (10) 1901, August 1, King's Declaration (Lords).
No. 1 caused great excitement at the time. The Lords threw out Mr. Gladstone's Bill to repeal the Paper Duty, and the Radicals fumed and frothed at the alleged invasion by the Lords of the supposed exclusive privilege of the Commons. The Commons passed a solemn Resolution of protest, but they could not successfully challenge the right of the Lords to throw out a Money Bill. In the following year, 1861, they tacked on to the Bill some other provisions of public importance and thought they could ensure the repeal of the Paper Duty because the Lords would not dare to refuse sanction to
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