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Chapter NumberXIX
Chapter TitleTHE CABINET MINISTER.
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Full Date1897-02-28
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Newspaper TitleTruth (Sydney)
Trove TitleAn Australian Anarchist
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P^-'/ Jkxr ? ! pIBST^illA J AMRCIflSTj

R '/ V [?AU Bights BessrvedLI \

H -v ? . f v. U TH0UAS4

I }\ CHArTEfi ^I^ flj-.s the CABINET MINISTER.

?jf 1 - -TaoDuH George Mwker's eleivation fre. if £ ' the Sunday stump in Sydney 3-oia»in b»4' a (ft. Matin Parliament wae rapid, gtul ewifte* i . promotion awaited hira. In oae e£ bis i- nereis, Dieraeli tells us how Treasury j]- v:-. nndaretrappera sneered at the qoeer lot iji -that cams frotn Ireland immediately 'V 1 ?fter the firat Reform Kill, little it 1 JcnowiBg the high bidding which th« lis qneer lot would Boon tttmroaad. The II queer let that made » formidable party in if. the NevSsnth Wales Assembly weee also ®?sneewd*t, but soon commanded a' very flfB :' bigh bidding. Unlike tbe American Miig Il«: wnMM fhfa third nartv did notTely too

fxuuoli o& virtue. They acted rather like the harlot who sacrifices virtue to the feighett bidder. i! Aa aged politician saw the coming Hangars out, instead ef lacing tbe earning jutuatira — as a patriot should — with characteristic cowardice, slunk away, and left, hie party in the larch. : The/party acted as a party in such' cir sumfttincM always does. They looked iptbout for a leader who would please the siifEinfpt eectionu of which the party was composed, and into which it threatened to split unless a chiof, pleasing to all, er, at ]e*ft, aot too offensive to any, wan found. At first, it waa proposed to govern by a committee representative ef the different #*ctiena, but the absoTdity of 6iich a project was soon ecen. As Macaulay ?beerrai, an army cannot be successfully led by a debating society. - After much trouble and delay a leader was cboaen in Jellyfish Gasbag, _ a maw of afev; mediocre 'rt. llity, but genial disposition. Me had p'jrer excited the jealousy of tlfti ®fcv'. inabltitiia lieutenants of the party. He i agp- iwAsfeng the only one under whom they f«| ^c/gg consent to serve. Had any of tbeir number tried to become chief, tlie J.l:y ,/mlherB would have swooped down'on bim {!/ f er bis political scalp. JeHyfish was a middle-aged bachelor of Adipose frame and weak good-natured s countenance. He had long been a pmnineot member of the Lotus Club, and the Werld, generally, regarded him as 'wjAtiag in energy to succeed in any ai vocation. Vet he made a teo energetic Premier whon the party attained power, ?6 it soon did, after it became again '.united. . The fact is that an ambitious, middle aged GDiaster, who had long looked en his ?pit with scorn, now that he had become raler «f tbe country, readily accepted him as hrisbsnd. Nut only his rank, but her own-advancing years induced her to accept ap - opportunity tbat might not again present itself. She had already begum to regret tbe chances thrown away in the heyday of her fastidious and ambitious - At her instigation, poor Jellyfish en-, ? deivered to play the part of a great states man. - It is really pitiable to see a weak ailn etriving to play a strong part He is ?bltJiate at the wrong moment, and com preaiaing when he shonld be firm. Of ooune ke failed miserably when be tried to fulfil tbe promises mode so lavishly at tbe vfca1Jot;J»dJ* ' Ho, or rather his wife, was 'dpoiftilfo disappointment, £jUe adfiiinis tratio|l&iled to impress DowniRgsBtreat. ITheJiii^ of Birthday Uouers-waa flashed Att&frW cable his wob not among those knighted. Ti^r* was -to, be no -Lady Cfais bag yet rivliile, it at all. * loaded, probably, by his disappointed epoilse, _ be next day addressed a most insolaflt' message to Downiag-Btreet, warn ing*tb'e 'old fossils,' as he termed those i ' who' ruled at' Her Majesty's Colonial j tMHoe,-tbat imiess they changed their Afjtfcs'he would 'cut the painter.' Xef t day he proposed a series of revolu tionary - resolutions, which alarmed the more Conservative of all political shades. Oneof-bis Ministers resigned. To show ;tJ-at the Premier's newborn ltadicalism was *arnest enough, and- that he meant all i Jtbat W threatened, Gee. Marker, supposed ?to be the most 'advanced' politician 'in Australian public life, was appointed to tlia Taeamt portfolio. He became con -trellerof the CircUmlooution Department, ?Uos. 'P.aff.er'B Billet,' as it was nick ' *amed, beoause generally bestowed on tbe toast known member of the Cabinet. i: 'Politics had just then reaohed such a low obb that no one was surprised on rea^iag one morning that a man who bad landed in the country a few months before, of whom nothing was known, and who lhad shown np special ability, was appointed a Minister of the Crown. _ ' Uarkor'had been a failure in Parliament, fiis.aet speeches were, like his pamphlets, mere excerpts from ether writers, such as Bradltugh and Tom Payne. He' every snail .- received 'advanced' papers from Europe ' and America, the contents of . which he palmed off as his own original ideas. Being etrange, they were in certain ciroles regarded as startling and profonnd, mod .earned for him the reputation ef a 4e«p thinker. In debate, however, he Iras worthless. Readiness, - resource, or originality, he did not possess. One of his first aote on entering politics was te start' a small woekly.paper. This i 'Wis «.beut to perish when his appointmeint ! «a HUiuiter saved it by the pnbucauon ?£ 1 ?^Gevf{ameQt advertisements from his own epdue|£er' departments. In New 8eutH ^WabeiAeMpnen.' Is «nknSsw, 'but |hf GovRmnMDt influences the press by means adverti«emea(i, and the ; ^lerkor had alio attempted to induce - ' Pamam-«t to sanction a Slate Bank, ho - nuch wanted by the Sooialista. When thl prejeet tailed he was the leading ? adijtln' forming what was termed tbe *Xabor Bsnk.' He became managing ? ditwter of that institution, though neither beS^r any of bis colleagues was acquainted --with .t^e principles ef banking. They, however, promised to use all tbeir in ftaeftce, to osoare Government aid for it, ?ndtbie induced 'the wording Glasses to kako sbares and deposit their savings. . The Hon.. Geo. Marker eat in .bis office. 'He/.had 'juat, looked! oyer the morning's «otiMpeadencs, aad : gi von directions to . Idii ftndor-seoretary, when tbe messenger s anrfoanced that a lady wanted te -see him. 'Wb- is it Jack T said the Minister, ^wit^i an air ef familiarity little in aooerd j withjtlwi^M^ective poaitiens. The eubor . : Your old friend : ber as you knewed fa.ih# wiOUg^' : Meiimsrxrewnod, and said slowly, ; v Wefl, I auppeoo it oiust oeate, end may ineiitil wee nrst eo laat. 8bowfaerm^: . bnt.ism— i-»r tkat if ever she calk again $$'? T. am est or engaged, er ' hi eeme snch ^ f fiiitir- tbat 1 am aevor to see bar again ; ?; aa^ obo«id yen oo« ber having roand so % w to IsteMpt me, yen aanst give mo M',

eeme 'Ckher means. I, don't *?ant to see her any. mere. Do ' you understand, Jack ?' ' I ? tumble^ guvnor,' rep'ded tbe mes senger, 'you. was good to mo in London when you -was Sootch George in the Prime-gate J Brigado, and the Hnrmy picked me. up.' Then I. falls again and gets a crib- cracking; and as tb-e cops were hot on dm I stows »way and g^ete to this »ro cpupt^y. And when, I was hard up in rdney, you saw me, and instead oc tliraii k«y im t rAr n/ku nnAr OnftlrnRir .Tsrlr

as moet fdoes to hold acquaintances when tbey^jeti. a rise in the world, you takes me bj r fihe hand and g^sts me a good Goven la ent billet. I'm toot hnngrateful, guvnor', a md ham hallvays ready te do a job to i lb ow how I admirers yer.' ' Tiiu t will do, Jack. Now ebow her l up,' inifii irrupted the Hinieter of the 1 IjOrown. i i ' £$ a i few seconds the yanng lady, | 3fadew-i(iM| elle Viola, known in Australia] as MadacO| '- Violini, entered. She scowled, ; - and eaclst^ ued, I ' \V.% I aren't you been boms these : three dsjw*! V Uarker oolly replied, ' The can* * and trammels ef office!''

? lis a l*e ane nisseo. -j. reaa ia tuts naorning's jtt -p*r that.you were at Govern mMnt House ^t'i^rden party yesterday after noon, A gr denatured friend told me ia tlse tram tl ts morning of you r marked attention to (Mrs. baolcville.' - Marker » ntely Jaugbod and said, — I ' Oh 1 got ^-nsiiur^d friends &re always j I telling such Ibmg*, A charming woman, Mrs. SUnlrcill ll * «Hlll knOW. hfP HuilbA.Bf- IB

a stipendiary nu^gistrate. He lute got into some mess. j Hia case comss up in the House soon, a md she was atkisg me to as* my intliience.' '. She bitterly interrupted, — ' Oil, yes ; th k i vife'a charms and promi nent politician* f ii lHuonce have before now screened what 1 J eu call the huiiband's messes. lier cl iju ms prereuted you from thinking of me, i nd of the ro»f that has. sheltered you It sfore you became a Minister jo£ the ( Jrown, ur a, member of Parliament, ettber., ' 'Oh, that ia m cient history,* ltughod llarker. ' Xo, it is not/ 8 he cried ; 'and now, let

me asic ivliacyiiu '.mean oy engbtmg ue tlinu ? AVliy idi.^nf : I occupy Mrs . Marker'u place ? f past^ aw such whan we travel i*ver the (i overi izntnit railways.' ' Qoite imps toiblo,' .. was th* reply. . ' ia New South VTa p«s the travelling member's w.ifft is a huge poke, utterly impossible.' 'Why?' she tsked. , 'la tho first i ilace we are notinarried, aod Mrs Grrundy is Sto be studied in such mat ters.' - AVith a lecreain she rase froua .ber chair and pac ib-l up and down the r«-em Like a caged ti; |ress. 'This,' alie hiESfid — 'I'll is lrom y le, of all the men hi the werld ; you, th e freethinker, the adtfkneed thinker, who i bstilled into my miWl tbat marriage was ouly a wean ingles i form, who, when u fy natural protect tr was dragged a prisbuer to a foreign land, pro mised to cherisii and love me as vriell as if our marriage /was the work of ('ardinal and Cathedral instead of the ceremony of your cult — mwtual consent «£»h, you wretch! to tatiJ; to me of marriage and Mrs Grandy. f What does Mrs ' Grundy say to yotir com lection with Mrc ^Sackville ? There is no marriage there.' The HtonorsJjU George calmly answered, ' Leaving'.the carriage question, aside, do tfou think thatl a man in iny posiibion could bdng to IroWernment House m. woman exposed iit tbe pruss as an adventuress V Remember ibcx.v Watson seized you at the seanbe ?' ) ' She .hid bnr« face . between her hands, and after a fear minutes said e ' Yes, that isjan obstacle '. undoubtedly I was exposed tlaere by the only man wl^ps* good opinion E valued.' Marker gladly j^asped theopp«ttunity : ' ' I aui glad to .hear you speak sepsibly, ' ?^iela : you can-ee yourself that it would bd better for usi both to part 1 dhall pay yscir passage bock to Europe. With your toko and your talents yeu would soon Dixi e a name and a fortune.' 11 ia answer surprised her. With daub ing ^ yee and flushed rface, she drew her self proudly to her full height, aad uaid : ' Ge\ -rge Marker, 1 wouldn't swpept a penny Vat your hands, even if g*id could atone ft r the foul wrong you bars done me. 1 J^'now your treacherous, penurious soul tourtwaU- From*, the day ir« picked you up, a , starving car, you hare bsen a cheat aadV^ traitor.' 'Tis Vlt%y* he cried, but be turned pale and trembleVl* ' It is not,'V8he said. ' ' When we iuided in 'Austafis \aiid I played the part of cheat and ad iek'turosii, and handed over the proceeds to keep you from atsrving, as I thought, your, had money all the tine, and mpney t#at ^'asn't year own. But yeu shall bear from vne aooiu* . She qniokly left the room,, disregarding his call of: ' Viola* ^you're mistayan., Corns back and 191 explain alL* Bsfors he had reached t&ai4*orv ehs was in the street - / ' ' Does aba knew .an'ytbiai; ?' asktd the Minister -of the Crewa. 'I must got through the' work ' here an& see her as soon as eossible. I'll hare (ks disappoint MrsiiaclcvlUo.this aftoraooa; M the pity,' but sbrious bnsiness bef^n pltasure any day.' He began to initial a bundle of docu ments which ja clerk had placed before him. Scarcely had be tiaiibed when the office meBsenger entered and whispered : ' Walgett Watson is outaUe, guvnor, and'wants to see you en h important busi ness. I didn't say yeu were in, but that I'd ceo. What am I to do ? ? ' Lot us see,' said Marker. 'No,, 'twill be nothing to do with her, for she naturally hates him en- account ef expeaiag her. Showjijmjtp J-ck.' . Watson deolined tb* Minist«r?9 flffer of a seat . 4 No, Marker,' he said ; i for tha prssm^ I, must aMPme a po^tien ef neutrality Of MiMea.'I ' wa»' Bony te-iigrat that leatux, if ionly for the poor girl's taalce, and I cannot admire the way yeu wriggled out ef the difficulty, leaving her te bear all the fcroat Then I. can't admire the way in whioh -yon, a man (ireminent in a move ment wtych resists and despists all 'Govern saint authority, can accept a Minister's portfolio.* 'The end justifies the means,* replied Marker. ' ' I did it for the geod of tbe cause. As .1 have already told tbe com rades, I shall explain all in gsied time. Have you any other excuse to keep neutral?' 'Yes,' said Watson, 'A few minutes ago a lady called at my outer office. She 'did not' want to see me, bnt wrote a note, she did not say muoh beyond requesting me to road an enclosure and act: I have read the waoiesure, ' and I'm g-eing te act* Tbere, was arpause, and Marker esked, WaUgm a^wercd^ * ?N*W'i,;'As to bow, well, here's Aie »n cloetfre. It's a letter from VallarMlvosa to Madomoiaelle Viola, whioh the ela man managed ' after his trial in Paria to write and deliver ~ to a fellow prisoner. It reached London after a long delay, and yesterday it wae delivered iu feydmey.' ' What about it ?' aaked Marker in a tf emulous whisper.

I '^Tell,' eaid Morton, 'the enclosure I mentions tliat, on the nigbt of bis arrest ; in London, you should have delivered m him cortain documents and some 1 money— funds ef the oaise. The | letter direct* Viola to get me or eeme i trustworthy comrade to take over tbe money and documents, the same as be wonld have done that night bad he not been arrested. W hun can you do so ?' ' Oh. 1 remember,' replied Marker. ' Tbe excitement of the old man's arrest put it all out of my head ; but I'll go home and arrange my papers ; then you call up to morrow to Viola's place, say at 3 p.m., and I'll set matters straight' 'Thanks,' eaid Wateon ; 'till then, good- bye.' 1 Alone,' tbe Honorable George Marker exclaimed: ' W ell, here's a tight fix. Curse me for a fool ; I thought it olever to never see ber for three days. Had I gone home as usual I'd have intercepted that letter, and destroyed it. Of course, I can raise the money, but will that end it? Watson means mischief, politically, and Viola is in the way in another direction, where Mrs. ! Sackville 'is using her influence, and scams j te think tbat 1 have a good cbaqce. Things are beginning to look very serious. Still, three o* clack to-morrow is a long way off ; that_ ought to give me time te think. Having mounted the ladder se quickly and ?o easily is no reason wby I should let myMlf bo ? pulled down without a big struggle*' (to m COXTISCSU.)