14 FEBRUARY 1970, Page 5

A hundred years ago

From the 'Spectator, 12 February 1870—Mr. Bright has broken down just at the commence- ment of the Session, and is ordered to abstain absolutely from all mental labour for at least a month, nor do some of his friends conceal their fear that longer rest and retirement may be needful to restore his health. Also. Lord Cairns. whose lungs have always been delicate, is going to Mentone for the spring months, returning again, rto doubt, to take the field in a struggle in which he will feel himself much more at home than in the Church struggle of last ses- sion. Mr. Disraeli was confined to his house on Thursday by severe bronchitis. The At- torney-General (Sir R. Collier), when out shoot- ing, has been shot in the leg; and the Solicitor- General (Sir J. D. Coleridge) has had a nar- row escape of being overturned by a cart with a drunken driver, which knocked the lamp off his fly! Surely Nature and Man 'are entering into a conspiracy against Parliament—thus aiming sumultaneously, and with more or less success, at Mr. Bright's brain, Lord Cairns' lungs, Mr. Disraeli's bronchial tubes, the At- torney-General's legs, and the Solicitor-Gen- eral's person?