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. Life and public services of Hon. Wm. E. Gladstone . er addressed thedelinquent official with words which may be translated into thespeech of the day by the single sentence : A public office is apublic trust. The culprit listened to the harangue which ex-pressed this in many a grandiloquent phrase, and then excusedhimself with: If you please, sir, my prsepostorship would havebeen an office of trust if I had sought it of my own accord, but itwas forced upon me. His sharp wit saved him, and the boy offourteen was victor in the wordy contest. Though, as has been remarked, the school at Eton did

. Life and public services of Hon. Wm. E. Gladstone . er addressed thedelinquent official with words which may be translated into thespeech of the day by the single sentence : A public office is apublic trust. The culprit listened to the harangue which ex-pressed this in many a grandiloquent phrase, and then excusedhimself with: If you please, sir, my prsepostorship would havebeen an office of trust if I had sought it of my own accord, but itwas forced upon me. His sharp wit saved him, and the boy offourteen was victor in the wordy contest. Though, as has been remarked, the school at Eton did Stock Photo
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. Life and public services of Hon. Wm. E. Gladstone . er addressed thedelinquent official with words which may be translated into thespeech of the day by the single sentence : A public office is apublic trust. The culprit listened to the harangue which ex-pressed this in many a grandiloquent phrase, and then excusedhimself with: If you please, sir, my prsepostorship would havebeen an office of trust if I had sought it of my own accord, but itwas forced upon me. His sharp wit saved him, and the boy offourteen was victor in the wordy contest. Though, as has been remarked, the school at Eton did not domuch toward educating the pupils there, they did a good deal inthe way of educating themselves. One of the means which theyemployed for this purpose was the Eton Debating Society, ofwhich our subject became a member in 1826; and which heaided much, by his own work, and by getting others interested. 82 Ancestry and Education. In the same form with Gladstone was Arthur Henry Hallam,the eldest son of the historian, and the friend whose death Ten-. Eton School.nyson has made the suhject of In Memoriam; and the two werealmost inseparable. It was to please Hallam that Gladstone re* Ancestry and Education. S3 nOttnced those athletic sports in which he would otherwise haveexcelled, and devoted his leisure to long walks about the fieldsand Windsor Park. A visit which Canning paid to Eton in 1824, in the course ofwhich he found time for an hours talk with the son of his friendand supporter, doubtless did much toward establishing on afirmer basis that admiration for the brilliant statesman whichwas so noticeable in Gladstones later years. The talk was uponthe leading questions of the day; and the Minister of the Crownconversed with the schoolboy as with an equal in mind and ex-perence. His advice about the school work was in the tone of anelder brother, and was closely followed by his young admirer. Whoever has read Miss Edgeworth knows that at one time thestudents of Eton were accu

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