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Told Of Edward Blake

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One day a near friend ventured to suggest to Mr. Blake that it would be politie to unbend a little - in short, to have more of Sir John's bon camaraderie. Mr. Blake listened. gentle and without vanity, as great men are apt to be, and said that he would willingly oblige if his friend would teil him how. The friend feit embarrassed. It waa one thing to suggest a lack in a man, but another and wholly different thing to suggest a remedy. Hou-ever, he Would do his best. He urged upon the Liberal leader the necessity of a little jocoseness, a noticing of everyday affaire and not this conBtant absorption in great matters. "Well,"said Mr. Blake patiently. "Well," replied his friend in despair, looking about for a moral to adorn his tale of advice and noting the fierce snowstorm blowing against the windows. ''For instanee, as you go to the house this afternoon you will be sure to meet some one you know battliug aloiig in the storm on I'arliament hill, and he is equally sure to say something to you about the snowf all. That will be your opportunity. Say jauntily, 'Oh, that's snow matter,' and see how amused and pleased he will be." Mr. Blake laughed, repeated to himsell "That's snow matter" two or three times, and his candid friend feit that a beginning had indeed been made. Later on Mr. Blake ventured out. As he crossed the plateau the snow whirled about his stalwart forin and tossed freezing partiĆ³les into bis face all unheeded, for the statesman was deep in thought. Finally he burnped against a man walkinR in the opposite direction. It was a prominent member of his party. "I beg your pardon," gasped the man. "I didn't see you, Mr. Blake, for the snow in my eyes. We are having sharp weather, are we not?" "Ohl" said Mr. Blake, rousing and dimly feeling that this was his cui. "That's-


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