Excerpt from Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Vol. 132: July-December, 1882
So Wilful Grunt went to the diplomatic representative of Al binia in Ethiopia, and explained to him Ethiop's programme, and told him how he would abolish slavery and introduce purity every where; and Sir Edgar shook his head with diplomatic reserve and remarked Can the Ethiopian change his skin? And he added, Whatever may be my own Opin ion upon the subject, I em bound to carry out the instructions of my Government; and I must ven ture to say that I think that when an irresponsible individual like yourself interferes in a man ner to cause serious embarrass ment to the foreign policy of his Government, even though he may not approve of it, he is not acting in a patriotic spirit.
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