The First Commoner of the Realm, the Rt. Hon. John Henry Whitley, Speaker of the House of Commons, resigned last week, thus leaving that potent assemblage "voiceless and without mouth."

Entered pompously, in this traditional emergency, Sir Thomas Lonsdale Webster, Clerk of the House. Gesturing in dumb show, he pointed to Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin, who then had leave to say that His Majesty would graciously permit his Faithful Commons to choose a new Speaker.

Gesturing again, the silent Clerk pointed to a Conservative M. P., Sir Robert Sanders, who promptly nominated...

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