A shallow bowl, supported on a stand, acts as 'Filter of Public Opinion', the liquid pouring through it into a pool inscribed 'Freedom Integrity Talent'. This comes from a receptacle marked with a crown and inscribed 'Dissolving Acid' [i.e. Reform], and issues from a tap which William IV turns on, while he stirs the contents of the 'Filter'. These are 'the last mass of corruption' and consist of the heads of Tories surrounded by viscous fluid with inscriptions. The six in the centre of the heap are Wellington, 'Obstinacy'; Eldon, 'Corruption'; Lyndhurst; Wetherell, 'Buffoonery'; Goulburn, 'Corruption'; Newcastle, 'Tyranny' [see No. 15884]. The three others are (?) Wharncliffe, 'Folly'; (?) Aberdeen, 'Corruption', and (undescribed) Peel. (Parliament, prorogued since 16 Aug., was dissolved by Proclamation dated 3 Dec. William IV has recovered favour with Figaro, cf. No. 17127.); proof before the published state.
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