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'                    *lvr. 29]                   BIGG All'S  SPEECH                           83
!                  and the absence of Itibbonism, and to protest against
*                    tlic invasion of the liberties of the people/
{                       Having inilicted these documents on the House
I                  until the assembly groaned under their weight, Biggar
j                  once more varied the entertainment by falling back on
i                  original resources, jerking out a number of incoherent
1                  and irrelevant sentences, but still keeping on the even
*                    tenor  of  his way with  imperturbable  calmness   and 1                 resolution.     The more the House groaned, the more
delighted was the orator.    Ho was sparing, however,
I                  of original matter, and soon took refuge in literature
|                 again.   This time, to show the variety of his knowledge,
f                 he abandoned the Blue Books and the public Press,
and gave the .House a touch of the ' statutes at large/
* Tim hou. member/ says the dignified * Hansard/ 1 who wan almost inaudible, was understood to recapitulate some of the* arbitrary enactments of older statutes, and to point out that they wore in substance or effect j                  re-enacted in tho various Anns Acts and Peace .Prceer-
\                 vation Acts of the present reign/
Having completely overwhelmed the House with
j                 thin legal  lore, Biggar again dropped into a lighter
I                 vein,   and  treated   his  listeners  once  more  to some
original observations.     Tho House was  now almost
cuupty ;   and an lion, member called attention to the
4                fact that * forty members were not present/    .Biggar
I                 immediately resumed his seat, beaming benevolently
!                     for he it known that Biggar was one of the most
*                 benevolent-looking men  in the House, and his face
wan almost one perpetual smile--and observing to an
I                 Irish member by his side, 'I am not half done yet/
|                Tho House soon filled, and Biggar again rose.    He had
now come absolutely to an end of all original ideas;
!                 ho had exhausted his knowledge of tho statutes, but