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The Journal. have risen by the sheer force of ability
to fill the eyes of the English pation and to be the representatives of the two
great parties which embrace all her BENJAMIN D'ISRAELI AND JOHN subjects, those who contend for the BRIGHT,
maintenance of the royal prerogative,
and those who continually demand larger CHAMPION OF THE PEOPLE,
liberty for the common people. There probably are not among men The political career of Mr. D’Israeli now living two more shining instances thus far is one of the most extraordinary of success in public life than are found in in English history. Of Jewish parentage, the lives of the great English statesmen unaided by family, wealth, and connecwhose faces head this article.
tions, he has by his own peerless genius Coming, one from a despised race, the bearded the sneers of the world heaped other from the great middle classes, they upon his race, and fought his way up,
The fullness of the cerebellum gives him strong to
first to literary reputation and then to drawing from his well-filled armory every political influence and power, till now
weapon of brilliant rhetoric, weighty arguhe controls the finances of the mightiest
ment, keen invective, and polished satire. commercial nation on the face of the
motive power and active recuperation, so that globe.
he can accomplish marvels of industry without Look at his face. The leading record undermining the force and vigor of his constithere is glorious ability. What can not tution. In him we find a rare union of the such an eye as that pierce ? what of mental, motive, and vital temperaments, one human knowledge can not that brain
imparting activity and intensity, the others
solidity, power, and recuperation. master? What problem so intricate, so
Mr. D'Israeli is one of the finest instances of difficult, or so perplexing that it will
the power of industry and perseverance in connot be patiently, persistently, steadily quering the obstacles in the path of an aspirant wrought out, and the solution recorded for political lionor and distinction. Four succesin letters of light ?
sive attempts to enter Parliament were failures, Next to ability in this face we read
but on the fifth he achieved the great object of
his ambition. His first speech called forth only towering ambition. The eyes scem ever
laughter and ridicule in the House. He closed fixed on some distant glittering height, it with these famous words: “I have begun and this ability and ambition based on several times many things, and I have often self-appreciation, exhaustless patience,
patience, succeeded at last. I shall sit down now, but the and unflinching industry must work out time will come when you will hear me.” For the grand result-world-wide fame.
two years he was silent, and when he again Mr. D’Israeli never forgets
opened his mouth in Parliament his speech
was listened to with attention, and warmly allows others to forget—that he is of applauded for its ability. that race whence all our prophets came In person, Mr. D’Israeli is of medium size, and Jesus Christ himself was born. If with intensely black eyes and glossy raven we can imagine that face glowing with hair. He dresses with artistic elegance and divine inspiration as it is with intellectual perfection in the finest of velvet and broad
cloth; gems of rare value adorn his person, power, we may almost see another
and he never appears but in exquisite toilette. Isaiah with lips touched by burning
In public, the air of solitariness ever hangs coals from God's altar. On one occasion,
about him. He always sits alone, stands alone; when taunted with being a descendant other members may be seen chatting together perhaps of the thief on the cross, he re- pleasantly and familiarly; but with Mr. D’Isplied, in proud and soul-stirring words, raeli, never. “My blood thrills with the traditions of As our eyes turn from this face to that of my race! My ancestors were lords of
Mr. Bright, what a striking contrast do we find
in every feature and in the whole character of the tabernacle and princes in Israel when
the man! Mr. Bright is the representative and his were naked savages in the woods of
embodiment of the middle classes of English northern Germany.'
people. There are no traces of ancient lineage With aristocratic sympathies thus running
or of ancient culture in the face. But two or back through kings, and princes, and patri. three generations back, and Mr. Bright's anarchs to the plains of Mesopotamia, it is not cestors were sons of the soil, bred to industry surprising that Mr. D’Israeli should ally him- of the hand and arm, of the muscle rather than self with the party supporting the royal pre
of the brain. From this class has arisen the rogative, the conservative rather than the finest names in English annals, names whose reforming party, in English politics. Yet so luster came, not from a long line of titled cautious, so sagacious, so clear-sighted a poli- | nobility and royal blood, but from a nobler tician is he, that he makes just concessions origin and by the imposition of a mightier enough to soothe the popular mind. Indeed, power — Shakspeare, Milton, Macaulay, the in 1859, he advocated the extension of suffrage two Chathams, Sir Robert Peel, Wellington, to the whole body of the educated class, without Nelson, and a long roll of bright names, in regard to property. But this measure was every department of civil, military, and political defeated in the House of Commons.
distinction. At their birth the great Dispenser Let us study this face phrenologically. The of gifts presided, and inspired one with the brain is large and fully developed in both the spirit of poetry, another with the love of cerebrum and cerebellum. The intellectual knowledge, another with thirst for supremacy faculties are splendidly developed. The organs in political power, and all with unflinching which lie above the eye are large, as Form, perseverance, unwearied application. To John Size, Color, Order, making the man when Bright, he gave an earnest love of Englishtaken in connection with full Ideality and Sub- men, and the mission to labor for their elevalimity, an artist in the highest sense of that word. tion, comfort, free speech, and to secure them And Mr. D'Israeli is an artist. Not pigments and the largest degree of personal liberty. pencils are his tools, but he paints with words, Mr. Bright owes his proud position in the
hearts of the English people to bis ability and philanthropy. He is not personally ambitious, his eyes seem not like those in the other face, to gaze upon some distant pinnacle of power, but rather to view great measures looking to the permanent interest and advancement of liis constituents. For this end he labors, forgetful of self, yet made everywhere to feel that thus he has become the very idol of the English people and the exponent of their will and power.
What a development in the region of Benevolence do we see in his head! Other organs of the intellect are also large and full. Language, as seen by his eye, is well developed. He is bold, cautious, self-relying, conscientious, firm, progressive. Once satisfied as to the justice of his cause and its utility, be pushes righton, overcoming one obstacle after another, to the goal of success.
Mr. Briglit is eminently a social man and of warm domestic instincts, but so ardently de voted to the interests of the people that he seldom indulges himself in the delights of home. “Mother," said his little daugliter, “who is that pleasant gentleman that sometimes coines to see you and stays all night?" "That, my daughter," was the reply, “is your father."
Much as we may admire the sheer force and ability by which D'Israeli has risen once and again and again to be the Chancellor of the Exchequer and the Prime Minister of England, when we see John Bright unselfishly devoting himselfsouland body, not to his own aggrandizement and the achievement of ambitious personal designs, but to the highest good and largest happiness of his people, our hearts are touched, and in our inmost souls we do him reverence. The Israelite is a brilliant, splendid, success-ul man! but the Englishman is a glorious philanthropist; and Jesus Christ has taught us by his life and by his death which we should most admire, which most earnestly strive to imitate! In these two behold the contrast between Judaism and Christianity; the one shut up in itself, exclusive, aristocratic, stationary; the other diffusive, all-embracing, genial, progressive!
Though liberally educated, Mr. Bright is not at all a literary man. His successes are not with the pen, but in the line of business activity, promotion of great reformatory measures, and public speaking He is noted for force and earnestness rather than rhetorical finish and oratorical elegance. He has written nothing to charm the scholar and delight the esthetic reader as D'Israeli has, but he has stirred the English heart to its depths and carved his name thereon in ever-during capitals.
In person Mr. Bright is stoutly built, with light complexion, blue eyes, hair brown and silky, skin fine and ruddy, presenting in all these points as marked a contrast to the Prime Minister as is found between their aims and Characters.
Mr. Bright was born in 1811, in Greenbank, Lancashire, and is now fifty-six years old. His