At the musical evening at Marriott's last night, Sharpe led a great demonstration of patriotism, apropos of Ladysmith: - Flag-waving, portrait of Buller, reading aloud of a leading article from the Telegraph, cheering, singing of 'Rule Britannia'. It was distinctly an exhibition of insularity. I must say that I have been quite unable to join with any sincerity in the frantic and hysterical outburst of patriotic enthusiasm of the last few days. Such praise of ourselves as a nation, such gorgeous self-satisfaction and boastfulness are to me painful.
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