Old Coach Grayson was still at the helm and probably always would be.
See "Report on the Helm Wind Inquiry," by W.
Martignac was dismissed; and Prince Jules de Polignac, the very incarnation of clericalism and reaction, was called to the helm of state.
To the latter he replies by asserting that, "just as the navigating steersman never looses the helm, so does God never remove his care from the world."
His disappearance snapped the chief link with the heroic period, and removed from the helm of state a ruler of large heart, great experience and civil courage, at a moment when elements of continuity were needed and vital problems of internal reorganization had still to be faced.