Mr. Disraeli has just escaped running foul of the Record.
Had he proposed an addition of eight members instead of seven, the number of the House of Commons would have been the mystic number of the Beast, 666 Mazzini, who is rather the prophet of a new creed than a fanatic for any form of political organization, holds, we believe, that the next Christ may appear in the form of an Assembly enlightened with wisdom from above. Mr. Disraeli would suggest the same idea for the Antichrist, an accidental irony which, considering the man, his antecedents, and his motives, would be nearly perfect. We wonder if even he could have fixed that particular number. We suspect the Record would have beaten him.