History is never what we suppose. I have just sold a scrapbook of political cartoons from the Daily Graphic, from 1912 and 1913. The three topics that seem to crop up most often are Irish Home Rule, National Insurance, and the Disestablishment of the Church of Wales. So the last really was a big thing – I never knew it was a thing at all except from Chesterton’s poem – Are they clinging to their crosses, F. E. Smith? Where the Breton boat fleet tosses, are they, Smith?

Nothing is ever entirely what we suppose.

(http://www.cse.dmu.ac.uk/~mward/gkc/books/smith.txt)

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