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The following are two passages from Disraeli's speeches in the Corn-law debates of 1846. In the first he pours out his scorn on the Prime Minister himself for his desertion of the protectionist principle; in the second he lashes1) those members of the Tory-party who allowed themselves to be led astray by Peel.

"Sir 2), there is a difficulty in finding a parallel to the position of the right hon. Gentleman in any part of history. The only parallel which I can find is an accident in the late war in the Levant, which was terminated by the policy of the noble Lord opposite. I remember when that great struggle was taking place, when the existence of the Turkish Empire was at stake, the late Sultan, a man of great energy and fertile in resources,' was determined to fit out an immense fleet to maintain his empire. Accordingly a vast armament was collected. It consisted of many of thefinest ships that were ever built. The crews were picked men, the officers were the ablest that could be found, and both officers and men were rewarded before they fought. There never was an armament which left the Dardanelles similarly appointed since the day of Solyman the Great3). The Sultan personally witnessed the departure of the fleet; all the muftis4) prayed for the success of the expedition, as all the muftis here prayed for the success of the last general election. Away went the fleet; but what was the Sultan's cónsternation when the lord high

1. te lash: to strike violently at, to break out into strong language against. .ft/y j;

2. Members of Parliament are not allowed to address their fellowmembers but must address the speech to the Speaker.

3. Solyman the Great was Sultan of Turkey.

4. mufti: Mohammedan priest.

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