Foreign News: Bittern's Fall

Britain's aging Queen Victoria, pottering about the halls of Windsor Castle in 1892, came upon a five-year-old boy eating grapes. She gave him a kindly pat on the head, for he was the son of her personal chaplain, Canon J. N. Dalton. "Go away, Queen," shouted the brash little boy, "I'm eating grapes." Unamused, the Queen exclaimed: "What a loud voice that boy has!"

The little boy waxed—eventually to 6 ft. 3 in. The voice waxed too, and earned for Hugh Dalton the nickname "Booming Bittern." Many a Tory never forgave this product of...

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