It is certain that they killed the man for afterwards they found his body with a bullet through the skull. It was not long afterwards that the roof fell in with an upward rush of flame and smoke. The inside of the house from top to bottom was a furnace. The detectives, with revolvers ready, now advanced in Indian file. One of them ran forward and kicked at the front door. It fell in Peter the Painter and his fellow bandits were charred cinders in the bonfire they had made.
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It followed the shooting of two policemen in December by thieves, believed to be anarchist revolutionaries; led by a Latvian Jewish immigrant known as Peter the Painter, they were tracked to the East End terraced house. Controversially, Home Secretary Winston Churchill arrived on the scene. He called in Scots Guards, and a gun battle ensued. Eventually, the house caught fire, but Churchill refused to allow the fire brigade to put out the flames, and two charred bodies were found in the debris.
May it please Your Majesty, I have neither eyes to see nor tongue to speak in this place but as the House is pleased to direct me, whose servant I am here. This dignified statement of the independence of the House of Commons — directed at the monarch — was also an affirmation of the authority of the Speaker, a position then held by William Lenthall. The king marched into the Chamber, sat in the Speaker's chair and, on seeing none of his intended victims, commented: 'I see the birds have flown. Up to that point, Lenthall had sought a compromise between the parties, and six months earlier had argued 'no peace to the king, no prosperity to the people'.
But this attempt to assert royal authority was a step too far. Shortly afterwards Charles I moved his court and government to Oxford and called his own parliament there, a move that led inexorably to civil war see 14 June. William Lenthall remained Speaker for much of the so-called Long Parliament, and survived Colonel Pride's purge of members opposed to putting King Charles on trial, which reduced its membership to a 'Rump'.
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Following the period of Cromwellian rule, and its intermittent, shortlived and fractious parliaments, Lenthall reluctantly resumed his Speakership when the Long Parliament was re-formed in Thus he took a role in the restoration of the monarchy in Instead of a tomb to glorify himself, he insisted on a plain plaque inscribed vermis sum, 'I am a worm'.
The poet and wit Dorothy Parker was unimpressed on hearing that Calvin Coolidge — , the most laconic of US presidents, sometimes called 'Silent Cal', had died at home after a heart attack. Vice-President Coolidge had been sworn into the top job on his family Bible by his father, a Vermont storekeeper, following the death in office of President Warren Harding in August The sense of homeliness and lack of ostentation stayed with him throughout his career — qualities out of kilter with the materialist flamboyance of American high society in the s. Yet he won an easy victory in the presidential election, defeating his Democratic Party challenger John W.
This active inactivity suits the mood and certain of the needs of the country admirably.
It suits all the business interests which want to be let alone And it suits all those who have become convinced that government in this country has become dangerously complicated and top-heavy. He applied the same principle to his dealings with people, once explaining: 'Many times I say only "yes" or "no" to people.
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