Books: The Great French Englishman

HILAIRE BELLOC (552 pp.)— Robert E — Farrar, Straus & Cudahy ($6.50).

"Gentlemen, I am a Catholic," the candidate told Salford voters. "As far as possible, I go to Mass every day. This is a rosary. As far as possible, I kneel down and tell these beads every day. If you reject me on account of my religion, I shall thank God that he has spared me the indignity of being your representative."

There was a hush of astonishment, then a thunderclap of applause. Weeks later in the election of 1906, Liberal Party Candidate Joseph Pierre René Hilaire Belloc reaped his reward by...

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