No particulars are recorded with
regard to the following anecdote, so
each reader is at full liberty to surmise or to assign the suicide and his
critic respectively to whatever political party they may think proper. Be
this as it may, one thing is clearly and strikingly manifest—namely, the
bitterness of spirit which animated the rival parties, and which,
unfortunately, is not yet dead:
A keen politician in the city of
Glasgow heard one day of the death of a party opponent, who, in a fit of
mental aberration, had shot himself.
"Ay," said he, "gane awa’ that way
by himself, has he? I wish that he had ta’en twa or three day’s shooting
amang his friends before he went!"