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Clean Hands

Lord Brougham, during his indefatigable canvass of Yorkshire, in the

course of which he often addressed ten or a dozen meetings in a day,

thought fit to harangue the electors of Leeds immediately on his

arrival, after travelling all night, and without waiting to perform his

customary ablutions. "These hands are clean!" cried he, at the

conclusion of a diatribe against corruption; but they happened to be

very dirty, and this practical contradiction raised a hearty laugh.

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