I had not sup- posed he would move in the matter while I was away; and so I had not mapped out a scheme for determining the merits of officers; I had only remarked that it would be wise to submit every candidate to a sharp and searching examination; and privately I meant to put together a list of military qualifications that no- body could answer to but my West Pointers.
My candidate was called first, out of courtesy to me, and the head of the Board opened on him with official solemnity:
Later in the day the fourth candidate
appeared for the maid's situation -- a young woman of small expectations and subdued manners, who looked (as the landlady remarked) like a person overtaken by misfortune.
They could not even be certain, that a future nomination would present a candidate
in any degree more acceptable to them; and as their dissent might cast a kind of stigma upon the individual rejected, and might have the appearance of a reflection upon the judgment of the chief magistrate, it is not likely that their sanction would often be refused, where there were not special and strong reasons for the refusal.
The Liberal candidate
,' he concluded, 'is thus a public turncoat.
There was an open carriage-and-four, for the Honourable Samuel Slumkey; and there were four carriage-and- pair, for his friends and supporters; and the flags were rustling, and the band was playing, and the constables were swearing, and the twenty committee-men were squabbling, and the mob were shouting, and the horses were backing, and the post-boys perspiring; and everybody, and everything, then and there assembled, was for the special use, behoof, honour, and renown, of the Honourable Samuel Slumkey, of Slumkey Hall, one of the candidates
for the representation of the borough of Eatanswill, in the Commons House of Parliament of the United Kingdom.
Pretty soon they had a grand opening night; and there was a brass band, which marched through the streets, and fireworks and bombs and red lights in front of the hall; and there was an enormous crowd, with two overflow meetings--so that the pale and trembling candidate
had to recite three times over the little speech which one of Scully's henchmen had written, and which he had been a month learning by heart.
He certainly knew much more about rural problems than either Hughes, the Reform candidate
, or Verner, the Constitutional candidate
had to enter, as it were, "before the mast," to undergo a long probation, and to rise slowly by his merits and services.
They said the last unsuccessful candidate
at Middlemarch--Giles, wasn't his name?
This diversion is only practised by those persons who are candidates
for great employments, and high favour at court.
As most young candidates
for the pains and penalties of whaling stop at this same New Bedford, thence to embark on their voyage, it may as well be related that I, for one, had no idea of so doing.