'Extraordinary Mildness of The Political Season', 1869. The new Prime Minister, Gladstone, meets with the former Prime Minister, Disraeli. The new session of parliament had just started and, in this cartoon, the two men present each other with flowery compliments. However, each man hides behind his back the birch with which he hopes to belabour the opposition during the new session. From Punch, or the London Charivari, February 27, 1869.