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rjlHE Election of the Member For The British Empire has taken place, in anticipation of nil other returns. There was no opposition. The moment Mr. Punch had signified his readiness to be again elected, the proceedings became matter of form.
Mr. Punch, attended by Toby, ascended the hustings, and Mrs. Punch and her lovely daughters occupied places at an opposite window. The density of the crowd baffled all description. Mr. Punch smilingly addressed a few words to his intended proposer and seconder, inculcating upon them the desirability of brevity, considering the state of the atmosphere.
Mr. John Bull, on the part of the Men of the Empire, proposed Mr. Punch as a fit and proper person for Imperial Member. "I have known him," said Mr. Bull, "for twenty-four years, and it is saying little to declare, that during that time I have never known him guilty of an unworthy word or deed. I say that during that time he has been frantically zealous in hi3 efforts for the general good, and that it is to him we owe all the Reforms, Treaties, Triumphs, Exhibitions, Fine Weather, and Extraordinary Gooseberries which have tended to raise England in the scale of nations, and promote those principles which placed the House of Brunswick on the throne." (Tremendous Cheers.)
Mrs. Britannia said that woman's rights having been recognised by Mr. Mill, she had great pleasure in coming forward on the part of the Women of the Empire (children included) and seconding the nomination.