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They are not meant for the hero-worshipper. The Hero as Politician, always rare, is not discoverable just now by the present writer. "The Man" of the newspaper articles has still to appear, though he has been regularly announced every three months or so. For the most part one can only say of political things that they have got themselves transacted somehow. But while, like the angry ape, certain politicians have played "fantastic tricks before high heaven," others have emerged with credit from the supreme test, and still others have meant exceedingly well.
In his task of classification the author has paid scant attention to party labels, and has always preferred the wider to the narrower loyalty. The most important question to be asked of any public man at this time, "Is he a good Englishman?" cannot be resolved by purely intellectual tests. Judge Jeffreys used to say that he could "smell" a certain kind of person "a mile off."