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and Victoria Station had already been partially demolished by a bomb, its effect was naturally terrifying. Mr. Gladstone wras the only one of the party who did not show the slightest sign of fear, and went to the scene of the explosion at once. We soon learned that an attempt had been made to blow up the Admiralty near by. On his return Mr. Gladstone, after expressing indignation at the cowardice of such proceedings, said nothing further on the subject. A few moments later he was helping me with my wrap, which he put on upsidedown, making amusing remarks about ladies' cloaks in general and mine in particular.