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and of him I may say that there is no man who ever left the House of Commons who left behind him so many friends and so few enemies. (Applause.) Sir John Simon enjoyed the esteem and regard of all, and he enjoyed the affection of not a few. We all honoured him for his usefulness, for his sincerity, and above all for his loyalty and devotion to his own people. (Renewed applause.) When we lost Sir Francis G-oldsmid, Sir John Simon was the man who on all occasions took the profoundest interest in everything affecting the Jews whether in England or in the remotest parts of the world. Whenever there was oppression, whether in an English factory or a school, whether in the remotest parts of Russia, or in the Balkan provinces, he took up the cause and was the champion of his race. (Loud cheers.) Now, gentlemen, when I came here to-night, your President said to me, "You will be called on to respond to the toast ' The Houses of Parliament,' but you may say what you like." That is just my difficulty. When a man enters the House of Commons, and some find it very difficult to enter it—(laughter) —he has something to learn. I remember the time when it was one of the articles of the Liberal creed that no man should call himself a Liberal who would not admit the Jews into Parliament, and my first vote in the House of Commons was in support of that view. But although your right to representation in Parliament was as you all know admitted, let me remind you that all disabilities were not removed when Baron Rothschild took his seat in the House of Commons. On my left is a man (Mr. Bradlaugh) who is an acquisition to the House, but who was obliged to fight his way there through unheard-of difficulties, and after passing barriers almost impossible to surmount; but his earnestness of purpose, and his sincerity of character have placed him in a position of usefulness and honour, and now there is no man who is not glad to listen to him, who does not respect his usefulness and his knowledge, and more, who does not admire his intellectual range and the courage with which he expresses his opinions. (Cheers.) And now, gentlemen, I take leave of the Houses of Parliament, and will pass for a few moments to another subject. I have always had a circle of staunch Jewish friends, and I have always honoured your loyalty to your race and to 0110 another. I have always said, and I repeat it to-night, that you have the best voluntary schools in the country—(hear, hear)— and that they are maintained with a liberality, with a wisdom, with a breadth of view, and managed with a better staff of teachers than any other schools in Her Majesty's dominions ; and it does great honour to you and every poor child. I have been at the doors of the schools and seen them; I have seen poor children speaking a patois of Hebrew and Polish, hard to understand, admitted to your schools ; and I have known that in the race of progress those poor children have passed English-born children. (Hear, hear.) In this direction you are doing a noble work ; and your Association is • also doing a noble. work, and through your
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