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Liberals cannot yet be trusted to be grasped and torn, or too coarseaccept the Plan of Campaign as ly immoral to require to be torn at. moral and worthy of their support. all. But it was left to Sir William Even extreme Radicals, who must Harcourt, when acting as leader please their Parnellite friends, in of the Opposition in the absence of order to buy support for their own Mr Gladstone, to show that there wild schemes, cannot in distinct are always depths deeper still, and and frank terms adopt the Plan of even fouler, into which a great Campaign. So practised and deter- party can plunge when once it mined a Radical as Mr Illingworth has condescended to abandon its gives it support as a permissible own principles, and accept the "extra" legal mode of proced- companionship of those whose prinure, whatever that may mean. ciples it has denounced. As The son of the Lord Chief Justice “ He who stands upon a slippery place of England, himself a lawyer, while Makes nice of no vile hold to stay him not prepared to declare it legal,

up,” gives it his “moral” support. In so does Sir William Harcourt, the what sense the word moral is used denouncer of Mr Parnell, the inby the learned gentlemen it is very ventor of the great juice simile, difficult to guess. But such dec- the indignant patriot who swelled larations from typical Radicals are with wrath at the idea of any a very strong indication of the respectable politicians associating shifts to which they are driven to themselves with men “ steeped to justify to their own consciences the lips in treason,” now shametheir complete surrender to the lessly exhibit himself, clinging to National League. But other Radi- the foul support that fifteen months cals as extreme cannot sear their ago was held up by him to the consciences sufficiently to enable loathing contempt of honest men, them to adopt the hollow pretences and of which he said that those of the member for Bradford and who contaminated themselves by the member for Sheffield. So per- contact with it would so stink in sistent a Radical and so consistent the nostrils of the nation that they a Home-Ruler as Mr Storey, the would be flung aside with disgust. member for Sunderland, feels com- Not only has Sir William Harcourt pelled to lift up his voice against and the members of his party sucso flagrant a breach of the first ceeded within eight or nine months principles of morality, as that one in verifying his own prophecies in man, able to pay his debts, should their own persons—not only have be encouraged to refuse to do so, they wallowed in Parnellite juice in order to concuss his creditor in and been flung aside by the country his action in reference to another in disgust,—but they have found a debtor, who says he is not able to deeper depth and a filthier pool meet the claims against him. And even yet. No more disgraceful it is certain that Mr Storey, in so night for British statesmanship, no expressing himself, was but giving more lamentable episode of parliavoice to the thought of many a mer ary degradation, have Radical, who is tongue-tied by fear soiled the annals of British history of Irish constituents and socialistic than the closing of the debate on Mr Radicals. In truth, every argu- Parnell's amendment by the speech ment brought forward to show of the Parnellite leader, Sir Wildirectly that the plan of Campaign liam Harcourt. Unrelieved by one is justifiable, is either too flimsy to noble sentiment, undisguised by

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“like master like man." Accord- They will only have to make up ingly, not one speaker rose from their minds whether certain facts the front Opposition bench who are proved, and if they hold that did not make it more plain than they are not, then they do not need before, that, just as the Plan of to go further, but must acquit the Campaign is a conspiracy, so there accused. But if they hold that cer

a conspiracy of those who tain facts are proved, then if the were wont to cheer the “resources judge tells them that if these facts of civilisation" and to re-echo de- are proved the crime charged has nunciations by their chief of “pub- been committed, they have no allic plunder” and of the “march of ternative but to convict. But the ruin through rapine to the dismem- question whether certain facts conberment of the empire." Every stitute a crime depends upon the speech showed that there existed law, which the judge is responsible a conspiracy to please the plun- to lay down, and which the jury derers, now that the resources of are responsible to accept. Therecivilisation are looked upon as ex- fore it is plain that no prejudice hausted. The Morleys and the can arise from an expression of Fowlers and the Harcourts vied approval or disapproval of the Plan with one another in raising clouds of Campaign. It can in no way of dust to obscure a very simple affect the trial of the traversers. and clear issue. The highly in- But, further, no opinion is asked genuous argument was freely pro- from the leaders of public opinion pounded, that as men were about on the criminality of the Plan of to be tried for their participation Campaign. Questions of criminalin the Plan of Campaign, it would ity punishable by the law are one be premature to express any opin- thing, questions of public morality ion in regard to it. It was urged are another thing. And here it is that to do so might prejudice the that the rail-riding of right honaccused at their trial. Such an ourable gentlemen of the Separatargument shows an obliquity of ist party makes them such a specmind so extraordinary, that it is tacle to honest men.

They dare scarcely possible to believe it can not for their political lives stand be put forward with candour. The forth and straightforwardly dequestion whether the Plan of Cam- nounce the Plan of Campaign. For paign commends itself to the moral they, having sold their political sense of right and wrong has noth- heritage for the strength that the ing whatever to do with the ques- Parnellite Jacob may bring them, tion whether certain men, in pro- dare not utter a word that might moting the Plan of Campaign, delay their having the mess of have been guilty of a criminal pottage served out. A word of offence. Nothing that can be said repudiation of what Parnellism is in Parliament or elsewhere can promoting, and good-bye to the affect that question, or prejudice savoury mess of office, which they it in any way. The facts to be receive from no other hand than piroved at the trial cannot be Mr Parnell's.

But it is equally affected by any opinion as to the certain that, on the other hand, Plan of Campaign itself, which is they are in as great a difficulty in a printed and published scheme. the case of their own followers. The jury at the trial will have no Except a few extremists, who are duty to consider whether the Plan prepared to out-Parnell Parnell, of Campaign is moral or not. the great mass of the Gladstonian

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Liberals cannot yet be trusted to be grasped and torn, or too coarseaccept the Plan of Campaign as ly immoral to require to be torn at. moral and worthy of their support. all. But it was left to Sir William Even extreme Radicals, who must Harcourt, when acting as leader please their Parnellite friends, in of the Opposition in the absence of order to buy support for their own Mr Gladstone, to show that there wild schemes, cannot in distinct are always depths deeper still, and and frank terms adopt the Plan of even fouler, into which a great Campaign. So practised and deter- party can plunge when once it mined a Radical as Mr Illingworth has condescended to abandon its gives it support as a permissible own principles, and accept the - extra" legal mode of proced- companionship of those whose prinure, whatever that may mean. ciples it has denounced. As The son of the Lord Chief-Justice “ He who stands upon a slippery place of England, himself a lawyer, while Makes nice of no vile hold to stay him not prepared to declare it legal, gives it his “moral” support. In so does Sir William Harcourt, the what sense the word moral is used denouncer of Mr Parnell, the inby the learned gentlemen it is very ventor of the great juice simile, difficult to guess.

But such dec- the indignant patriot who swelled larations from typical Radicals are with wrath at the idea of any a very strong indication of the respectable politicians associating shifts to which they are driven to themselves with men “steeped to justify to their own consciences the lips in treason, now shametheir complete surrender to the lessly exhibit himself, clinging to National League. But other Radi- the foul support that fifteen months cals as extreme cannot sear their ago was held up by him to the consciences sufficiently to enable loathing contempt of honest men, them to adopt the hollow pretences and of which he said that those of the member for Bradford and who contaminated themselves by the member for Sheffield. So per- contact with it would so stink in sistent a Radical and so consistent the nostrils of the nation that they a Home-Ruler as Mr Storey, the would be flung aside with disgust. member for Sunderland, feels com- Not only has Sir William Harcourt pelled to lift up his voice against and the members of his party sucso flagrant a breach of the first ceeded within eight or nine months principles of morality, as that one in verifying his own prophecies in man, able to pay his debts, should their own persons—not only have be encouraged to refuse to do so, they wallowed in Parnellité juice in order to concuss his creditor in and been flung aside by the country his action in reference to another in disgust,—but they have found a debtor, who says he is not able to deeper depth and a filthier pool meet the claims against him. And even yet.

No more disgraceful it is certain that Mr Storey, in so night for British statesmanship, no expressing himself, was but giving more lamentable episode of parliavoice to the thought of many a mentary degradation, have Radical, who is tongue-tied by fear soiled the annals of British history of Irish constituents and socialistic than the closing of the debate on Mr Radicals. In truth, every argu- Parnell's amendment by the speech ment brought forward to show of the Parnellite leader, Sir Wildirectly that the plan of Campaign liam Harcourt. Unrelieved by one is justifiable, is either too flimsy to noble sentiment, undisguised by

ever

was

“like master like man." Accord- They will only have to make up ingly, not one speaker rose from their minds whether certain facts the front Opposition bench who are proved, and if they hold that did not make it more plain than they are not, then they do not need before, that, just as the Plan of to go further, but must acquit the Campaign is a conspiracy, so there accused. But if they hold that cer

a conspiracy of those who tain facts are proved, then if the were wont to cheer the “resources judge tells them that if these facts of civilisation" and to re-echo de- are proved the crime charged has nunciations by their chief of “pub- been committed, they have no allic plunder" and of the “march of ternative but to convict. But the ruin through rapine to the dismem- question whether certain facts conberment of the empire." Every stitute a crime depends upon the speech showed that there existed law, which the judge is responsible a conspiracy to please the plun- to lay down, and which the jury derers, now that the resources of are responsible to accept. Therecivilisation are looked upon as ex- fore it is plain that no prejudice hausted. The Morleys and the can arise from an expression of Fowlers and the Harcourts vied approval or disapproval of the Plan with one another in raising clouds of Campaign. It can in no way of dust to obscure a very simple affect the trial of the traversers. and clear issue. The highly in- But, further, no opinion is asked genuous argument was freely pro- from the leaders of public opinion pounded, that as men were about on the criminality of the Plan of to be tried for their participation Campaign. Questions of criminalin the Plan of Campaign, it would ity punishable by the law are one be premature to express any opin- thing, questions of public morality ion in regard to it. It was urged are another thing. And here it is that to do so might prejudice the that the rail-riding of right honaccused at their trial. Such an ourable gentlemen of the Separatargument shows an obliquity of ist party makes them such a specmird so extraordinary, that it is tacle to honest men. They dare scarcely possible to believe it can not for their political lives stand be put forward with candour. The forth and straightforwardly dequestion whether the Plan of Cam- nounce the Plan of Campaign. For paign commends itself to the moral they, having sold their political sense of right and wrong has noth- heritage for the strength that the ing whatever to do with the ques- Parnellite Jacob may bring them, tion whether certain men, in pro- dare not utter a word that might moting the Plan of Campaign, delay their having the mess of have been guilty of a criminal pottage served out. A word of offence. Nothing that can be said repudiation of what Parnellism is in Parliament or elsewhere can promoting, and good-bye to the affect that question, or prejudice savoury mess of office, which they it in any way.

The facts to be receive from no other hand than Jiroved at the trial cannot be Mr Parnell's. But it is equally affected by any opinion as to the certain that, on the other hand, Plan of Campaign itself, which is they are in as great a difficulty in a printed and published scheme. the case of their own followers. The jury at the trial will have no Except a few extremists, who are duty to consider whether the Plan prepared to out-Parnell Parnell, of Campaign is moral or not. the great mass of the Gladstonian

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Liberals cannot yet be trusted to be grasped and torn, or too coarseaccept the Plan of Campaign as ly immoral to require to be torn at. moral and worthy of their support. all. But it was left to Sir William Even extreme Radicals, who must Harcourt, when acting as leader please their Parnellite friends, in of the Opposition in the absence of order to buy support for their own Mr Gladstone, to show that there wild schemes, cannot in distinct are always depths deeper still, and and frank terms adopt the Plan of even fouler, into which a great Campaign. So practised and deter- party can plunge when once it mined a Radical as Mr Illingworth has condescended to abandon its gives it support as a permissible own principles, and accept the "extra" legal mode of proced- companionship of those whose prinure, whatever that may mean. ciples it has denounced. As The son of the Lord Chief-Justice “ He who stands upon a slippery place of England, himself a lawyer, while Makes nice of no vile hold to stay him not prepared to declare it legal, gives it his “moral” support. In so does Sir William Harcourt, the what sense the word moral is used denouncer of Mr Parnell, the inby the learned gentlemen it is very ventor of the great juice simile, difficult to guess. But such dec- the indignant patriot who swelled larations from typical Radicals are with wrath at the idea of any a very strong indication of the respectable politicians associating shifts to which they are driven to themselves with men steeped to justify to their own consciences the lips in treason,” now shametheir complete surrender to the lessly exhibit himself, clinging to National League. But other Radi- the foul support that fifteen months cals as extreme cannot sear their ago was held up by him to the consciences sufficiently to enable loathing contempt of honest men, them to adopt the hollow pretences and of which he said that those of the member for Bradford and who contaminated themselves by the member for Sheffield. So per- contact with it would so stink in sistent a Radical and so consistent the nostrils of the nation that they a Home-Ruler as Mr Storey, the would be flung aside with disgust. member for Sunderland, feels com- Not only has Sir William Harcourt pelled to lift up his voice against and the members of his party sucso flagrant breach of the first ceeded within eight or nine months principles of morality, as that one in verifying his own prophecies in man, able to pay his debts, should their own persons-not only have be encouraged to refuse to do so, they wallowed in Parnellite juice in order to concuss his creditor in and been fung aside by the country his action in reference to another in disgust,—but they have found a debtor, who says he is not able to deeper depth and a filthier pool meet the claims against him. And even yet. No more disgraceful it is certain that Mr Storey, in so night for British statesmanship, no expressing himself, was but giving more lamentable episode of parliavoice to the thought of many a mentary degradation, have Radical, who is tongue-tied by fear soiled the annals of British history of Irish constituents and socialistic than the closing of the debate on Mr Radicals. In truth, every argu- Parnell's amendment by the speech ment brought forward to show of the Parnellite leader, Sir Wildirectly that the plan of Campaign liam Harcourt. Unrelieved by one is justifiable, is either too flimsy to noble sentiment, undisguised by

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