Greatest of Laborite orators in the House of Lords is Earl Russell, devoted dog fancier, tolerant elder brother of temperamental Philosopher Bertrand Russell. He is the zealous Under-Secretary of State for India, a job he has held for less than 200 days. One night last week an old dog periled the Earl's new job.

The old dog was sick. Anxious, sympathetic Earl Russell sat up with her. She howled, he soothed. She whined, he stroked; and she gratefully, feebly licked his hand. Midnight passed. She twitched, shuddered and looked at him with...

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