Passages from the Life of Charles Knight

Paperback | October 12, 2012

byCharles Knight

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1874 edition. Excerpt: ... the reporter's function. Age could not wither, nor custom stale, the infinite sociality of William Jerdan, as I knew him in years when the third and fourth Georges had passed away. I saw that, in this pleasant party, he was not alone in his conviction that when one of the orators who could quickly empty the House was up, he might linger awhile before he took his turn, and pick up something of what the bore had said from those who had had the misfortune to note his platitudes. We are at last in the lobby of the House of Commons--not a grand vestibule, but a shabby room with a low ceiling. We enter by a swing door--members and strangers indiscriminately--and move to the left side of the gangway by which members pass to the sacred door of the house. We stand by the fireplace. My companion has some information to obtain from an Irish member of his acquaintance--perhaps he has only to ask for a frank--and he waits his opportunity. I am somewhat tired of this delay, and long to be looking upon the stirring scene within." For ever and anon, as the door opens, I hear a loud voice, and catch a peep of a member gesticulating amidst cheers and laughter, and the Speaker crying "Order! order!" At length we ascend the narrow stairs to the Strangers' Gallery. I am allowed to pass as a reporter. It is the sole privilege accorded to those without whom Parliament would become a voice shut up in a cavern. The gallery is crowded with members' constituents, who have come with orders, much to the annoyance of the guardian of the toll-bar on the stairs. He would rather see his of the House--half-a-dozen reporters busily employed with their note-books. This back bench is theirs by custom, but not by right. If the gallery should be cleared for a division, the...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1874 edition. Excerpt: ... the reporter's function. Age could not wither, nor custom stale, the infinite sociality of William Jerdan, as ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:122 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.26 inPublished:October 12, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217246885

ISBN - 13:9780217246880

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