While he had stanchly kept himself for her, cherishing with a single heart all the old memories of her dearness, she had been a wife these seven years, the wife, moreover, of a mob-leader whose minions had put them out of their home, and then wantonly tossed his father like a dead branch into the waters.
They moved and then, in obedience to some sudden afterthought, closed tight again without speaking, but her eyes did speak in silent anathema of scorn and though she did not know or suspect it, the thoughts mirrored in them were read and interpreted by the mob-leader.
REYNOLDS, JOHN. An Alderman of the Dublin Corporation and M.P. for Dublin City in the British Parliament, 1847-52. Subsequently Lord Mayor. He was utterly corrupt and a mob-leader. An English politician who professed Independent views, and from the violence of his denunciation of his opponents was nicknamed "Tear 'em." Liberal Prime Minister of England, 1846-52, and again, 1865.
With his arm drawn back, his fist aimed at the point of the mob-leader's jaw, he snarled: "You can't make me fly. You stick that ugly mug of yours any farther in and I'll bust it. I'll fly when the wind goes down You would, would you?" As the mob-leader started to advance, Carl jabbed at him. It was not a very good jab. But the leader stopped.
The thief in jail, the mob-leader in the hands of the police, and the murderer on the drop will be unanimous in favor of this new heresy of the unconstitutionality of constitutions, with its Newgate Calendar of confessors, martyrs, and saints. Falstaff's famous regiment would have volunteered to a man for its propagation or its defence.
The mob-leader, a red-faced, loud-voiced town sport, very drunk, shouted, "Come out and fly or we'll tar and feather you!" "Yuh, come on, you fake, you four-flusher!" echoed the voices. The secretary and chairman were edging back into the tent, beside Carl's cowering mechanic. Something broke in Carl's hold on himself.
Harkins wore was pierced by twenty-one bullets, seven of which penetrated his body. He received, besides, three or four bad knife-wounds in his back, and he was literally dripping blood from head to foot. This tragedy had an almost comic sequel. After all danger had passed, a sheriff appeared on the scene, who placed, not the mob-leader, but the Federal officer under arrest.
The thief in jail, the mob-leader in the hands of the police, and the murderer on the drop will be unanimous in favor of this new heresy of the unconstitutionality of Constitutions, with its Newgate Calendar of confessors, martyrs, and saints. Falstaff's famous regiment would have volunteered to a man for its propagation or its defence.
A little less of the spirit of self-sacrifice, a different sense of responsibility, and the same strength of imagination and power of purpose devoted to purely material objects, might have raised up another multi-millionaire, or a mob-leader, or a self-seeking despot. But, as it happened, some grace was given to him, and the river has run another way. Opportunity, too, has played into his hands.
That this truth should in the second place publish itself, not through books and written discourses, but orally, by word of mouth, and by personal communication between vast mobs and the divine teacher already that, as furnishing a handle of influence to a mob-leader, justified a preliminary alarm.