'The Beadle and The Dane', 1864. Lord John Russell says: Better take it! Half a Loaf's better than no Bread, you know! In an effort to resolve the Schleswig-Holstein problem, Lord Russell, the Foreign Secretary, put forward a compromise solution which would have united northern Schleswig with Denmark, and given southern Schleswig and Holstein self-government under the Danish crown. This cartoon shows Lord Russell as the beadle offering the Danes half a loaf. Even though the Danes were on the verge of defeat, illustrated by the injured King, they decided to reject this compromise. From Punch, or the London Charivari, June 18, 1864.