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.
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.
Pickwick nor his companions took any vital interest in the cause of either candidate
, the question was rather a difficult one to answer.
Doyle had done him a good turn once, he explained, and was really a bully chap; Doyle was a workingman himself, and would represent the workingmen--why did they want to vote for a millionaire "sheeny," and what the hell had Mike Scully ever done for them that they should back his candidates
all the time?
He supported the new candidate
with hope as well as hilarity; and at the back of his boisterous partnership there was an increasing sympathy and encouragement.
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?-- spent ten thousand pounds and failed because he did not bribe enough.
This diversion is only practised by those persons who are candidates
for great employments, and high favour at court.
The streets were very full, and the cabs, with the candidates
' colors on them, were dashing about through the crowd as if life and limb were of no consequence; we saw two people knocked down that day, and one was a woman.
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.