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carried through the House at very late hours had been in nearly all cases slovenly, and in many very unsatisfactory, the result having been that many Amendment Bills have been rendered necessary. If honourable Members would think for a moment, they would see that the time which would be devoted to the business of the House under the Rule now submitted, would still be amply sufficient to meet the largest demands for legislative employment. An honourable Member would have to come to the House at twelve, and sit on a Committee till four, keeping his attention concentrated upon the business before him; and then from half-past four till half-past twelve, he would have eight more hours for the consideration of urgent public business. If any honourable Member found this demand upon his energies insufficient, he must be a very uncommon man. The majority of honourable Members did not belong to such a class, and, as a general rule, the power of attending to business had disappeared by so late an hour as half-past twelve. He had constantly been told, out of the House, that legislation carried late at night was bad, and that it was the duty of Members to their constituents, to oppose as strongly as they could such a way of doing business. This Resolution was an instalment of reform in the right direction, and was framed in a reasonable spirit, which ought to commend it to all honourable Members. There was another important consideration to be urged in favour of the proposition. It often happened that honourable Members, when they took part in the debates, desired to speak to their constituents as well as to the House ; but no speech that he could remember on a fresh subject of importance, commenced after midnight, was ever reported, the gentlemen in the reporters' gallery who did their work so well, being precluded from doing so by the obvious reason among others that it would be impossible to publish at six o'clock speeches, delivered at two or three o'clock. The considerations he had urged, were, he thought, sufficient to recommend the Motion, and he trusted that the House would not be misled by the dulcet tones of the honourable and learned Member (Mr. Osborne Morgan), who was expected to oppose it.” We may mention that Sir Julian Goldsmid on the “sacrifice" of Honiton in the Scotch Reform Bill had found himself without a seat in the House of Commons, and at the General Election in 1868, accepted a pressing invitation to contest Mid-Surrey, the Conservative candidates being Viscount Midleton (then the Hon. William Brodrick) and Mr. (now Sir Henry) Peek. (For memoir of Lord Midleton, see page 135, MAY.) The other Liberal candidate was Mr. C. H. Robarts, but the Conservatives were both returned. Two years later, however, Sir Julian succeeded the late Sergeant Kinglake in the representation of Rochester, Mr. C. J. Fox being his unsuccessful opponent, and over whom he obtained a decisive majority.

As an authority on all fiscal questions, Sir Julian, with the characteristic intuitions of his race, is without a rival on the floor of the House. His attitude, e.g., with regard to the State purchase of the Irish railways was that of a political economist. He moved as an amendment to Mr. Blennerhassett's measure that “The purchase of the Irish railways by the State would be financially inexpedient; would unduly enlarge the patronage of the Government, and seriously increase the pressure of business in Parliament.” We believe that the late Earl of Beaconsfield (then Mr. Disraeli) ultimately adopted Sir Julian's view of the matter, and his amendment was finally carried by a majority of 136. Two years later on a kindred subject, the management of the new Telegraph department of the Post Office, Sir Julian moved for the appointment of a Select Committee to enquire into the organization and management of that department of the public service. The Committee was granted by the Government, Dr. Lyon Playfair being appointed Chairman. The subtle knowledge exhibited by Sir Julian, even of the intricacies of the working of the system, was most noticeable, and much improvement was effected in that branch of the Government service.

Coming down to a more recent date, the most prominent thing done by Sir Julian in the House of Commons was his contention for the construction of a fitting harbour for the Island of Cyprus, which we have just commenced to occupy. Indeed, the whole of the Eastern Question formed matter for Sir Julian's consideration, and his voice was heard on the subjects therein included through the columns of the Times, no less than in his place in Parliament. He brought Egyptian affairs especially under the notice of the House at the time of the stirring events which led to the deposition of the ex-Khedive.

Space will not permit of our further dwelling in detail on Sir Julian Goldsmid's Parliamentary career. During the time he was in the House of Commons he fully justified the remark of Sir Moses Montefiore, uttered twenty years ago, viz., that "he would make the Hebrew to have a more potent voice in the Councils of the nation, and how the good people of Rochester—those “Men of Kent,” who are noted for their gratitude for service rendered-could have preferred the untried Mr. Roger Leigh to their old member of ten years' standing (and who had had a Parliamentary experience of fifteen years), we are at a loss to understand. It was by a very narrow majority that Sir Julian lost his seat, however, for the numbers were, respectively, Otway, 1,497 ; Leigh, 1,393 ; Sir Julian Goldsmid, 1,294. In May, 1880, Sir Julian unsuccessfully contested Sandwich, the vacancy being created by the elevation of Mr. KnatchbullHugessen (" Lewis Carroll,") to the peerage, under the title of Lord Brabourne.

As a philanthropist Sir Julian Goldsmid is well-known; and like Sir Albert Sassoon (whose life will appear in the August number), his benefactions are not confined to members of his own community. His appointments include the Treasurership of University College, a membership of the Committee of the Consumption Hospital, Brompton, and of University College Hospital, and of the Jews' Free School and Infant School. He is also a Vice-President of the Anglo-Jewish Association, &c., &c., &c.

Sir Julian Goldsmid married in 1868, Virginia, the eldest daughter of A. Philipson, Esq., of Florence, and has had issue eight daughters, named respectively, Violet, Edith, Margherita, Beatrice, Maude, Theresa, Grace Catherine, and Nora Octavia.

The mottoes of the Goldsmid's family (over crest) are " Quis similis tibi in fortibus Domine(Exodus xv., 11), and (under the arms) "Concordia et sedulitate."


THE Rev. Samuel John Stone, M.A., is the only son of the late Rev. William Stone, M.A., who gave a large amount of attention to hymnology at a period in the Church's history when true Church poetry was practically a neglected subject. Mr. Stone, sen., was Vicar of S. Paul's, Dalston, and died in 1876.

The subject of this memoir was born on the Feast of S. Mark, 1839. It has been noted that S. Mark's Day was the birthday of John Keble, whose mantle, as the poet of the Anglican Church, has fallen upon Mr. Stone. He was educated by his father until 1852, when he went to the Charter House, and, continuing there for six years, obtained the silver medal for English verse, and also a prize open to all Public Schools given by the editor of the Portico, a wellknown Public School magazine. The subject was “Sir Henry Havelock," one of the many great men of his own school. Mr. Stone obtained an Exhibition at Pembroke College, Oxford, where he matriculated in 1858. He gained distinction both in the schools and on the river. In his college he was pro-captain of the boat club, and president of the debating society ; while he was reported second for the Newdegate. He graduated in 1862, and in September of the same year was ordained at Lavington by Bishop Wilberforce to the curacy of Windsor. He later obtained the Triennial Sacred Poem prize, limited to graduates, but an objection was raised to his receiving it on the ground that he had taken his name off the college books. The point was referred to the arbitrament of Lord Chancellor Selborne, who reluctantly decided against him. The ViceChancellor and other friends were desirous that the misfortune of a pure accident should be rectified (to some extent), and subscribed a sum of seventy guineas as a testimonial.

Mr. Stone took Priest's Orders in 1863 (also from Bishop

* We are indebted for the principal facts of Mr. Stone's life to an admirable memoir of him written by the Rev. F. Arnold, M.A., and which appeared in the Church Portrait Journal (together with an excellent photograph of Mr. Stone) of March, 1878. (London : William Poole, 12A, Paternoster Row.)

Wilberforce), and in 1866 he published the little volume of Lyra Fidelium, now on the list of the S.P.C.K., in which the two celebrated hymns occur (“The Church's One Foundation," and "Weary of Earth, and Laden with my Sin"). He also contributed to a Church magazine the exquisite idyll of " Deare Childe,"* which obtained great popularity, and was the first of a series of kindred poems. But all through his career parish work has been his great occupation, and poetry the efflorescence of his life. His clerical life has been passed exclusively in two localities, strongly contrasted in character and environments—Windsor, and a poor parish in the east of London. In each parish he has built up a wide and solid influence. He is not one of the orators of the Church (we mean in the absolute sense of his friend, Mr. Knox-Little), but he has obtained results u hich mere oratory is powerless to effect. By the force of vivid sympathies, by incessant pastoral work, by the earnest preaching of the Word, he has edified the Church of Christ and manfully fulfilled his office. For eight years he continued at Windsor, and left it with manifestations of regret and affection such as are rarely obtained in the ministry. The sacrifice must have been great to the poet and contemplative man, to exchange the imperial river, the forest glades, the grey ancient towers of Windsor and Eton, and the associations of Clewer and Stoke Poges, for the tame surroundings of an East End parish. But the call was imperative—a call to reside with, and assist as curate, a beloved parent. For five years he worked under his father at S. Paul's, Haggerston. In 1874, when the Lord Chancellor appointed the latter to the living of Alfriston, he was made Vicar of S. Paul's by the Bishop of London. almost a poetic incident that both the curate should succeed the vicar and the son the father.

Daily in the streets and lanes, daily in his schools, daily by the bedside of the sick and dying, especially in the time of the past and more recent small-pox epidemic, he is known of all men in his parish, and daily widens the circle of his influence. Indeed, we should feel inclined to point to the parish of S. Paul's, Dalston, as one of the most

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* See an affecting tablet in the Cloisters of Westminster Abbey, with the simple inscription, “Jane Lister-Deare Childe," and beautifully referred to by Dean Stanley in a sermon preached in the Abbey on Saturday afternoon, June 25th, 1881.-ED.

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