During these halts Stephen stood awkwardly behind the two men, weary of the subject and waiting restlessly for the slow march to begin again. Since its very outset, it has been found necessary to conduct our Government by means of political parties. A hand was laid on his arm and a young voice cried: --Ah, gentleman, your own girl, sir! The first handsel today, gentleman. "And these things came round--?" "To the masters? Oh, yes!" he answered very simply.