5 JULY 1884, Page 11

At the anniversary dinner of the Cobden Club last Saturday

Lord Carlingford delivered the speech of the day, and made an amusing attack on the " Fair-traders," especially Lord Dunraven and Lord Salisbury. Lord Dunraven says that he is an adherent of the principles of Mr. Cobden, only he does not worship Free-trade " as a savage does an idol." Lord Salisbury says, " Don't mistake me ; I am, as ever, a Free-trader,"—only I don't think retaliatory duties objectionable. That reminded him (Lord Carlingford) of a Scotch Salvationist, who, when found in a very inarticulate condition, admitted that he had joined the Salvation Army, and that he believed in temperance principles, but reminded his friend that he was " no bigot." Apparently the Fair-traders are no bigots; they can combine in the happiest fashion the integrity of Free-trade principles with the convenience of Fair-trade war-cries. Lord Carlingford called upon the Cobden Club to spread among the two millions of new voters Free-trade principles of a less ambiguous kihd than those of Lord Dunraven and Lord Salisbury.