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with the statement that the law plicable to districts proclaimed by by which such outrages should be the Lord Lieutenant, and that the punished was “not in harmony proclamation can at once be rewith the opinion of the people"? moved, in the event of a better Of course not. Yet that is the order of things being established, answer which is given to us by or the advent of a Government Gladstonian orators and the Glad- which deems it desirable that this stonian press when we protest should be done. Lord Spencer, against similar outrages in Ire- objects to an Irishman being tried land; and in the answer Lord in England by an English jury; Spencer practically concurs when but it is questionable whether the he refuses to the Government proposal in the Bill of Mr Gladpower to enforce the law. Why stone's own Government, that the is a loyal and law-abiding subject trial might take place before three of her Majesty to be outraged in judges without any jury, was not Ireland any more than in North- of a more novel and stringent charamptonshire ? Does Lord Spencer acter. Throughout the whole of really believe that Home Rule Lord Spencer's speech it is but too would be a remedy for such a de- evident that he has allowed himpraved state of public morality as self to be so entirely mesmerised that which tolerates such things in by Mr Gladstone, that he can only the parts of Ireland in which they see with the eyes and hear with occur? He may rely upon it, that the ears of his “ venerable and public morality must be improved, beloved leader"; and under these and criminal outrages punished circumstances, the best wish we with a strong hand, before any can bestow upon him, as a loyal concessions can be made to Irish and well-meaning man, is that the demands; and that to make such trance may be of no long duration. concessions, in any shape or form, We have not much time to beuntil the supremacy of the law stow upon Lord Spencer's late has been vindicated and estab- colleague and subordinate, Sir lished, would be at once a blunder George Trevelyan. No man has and a crime.
ever yet been able to achieve perLord Spencer protests against fect success in the laudable enthe proposed permanence of the deavour to “run with the hare Government measure. He entirely and hunt with the hounds" at forgets that it is only to be ap- the same time, and in this Sir
language of their opponents some condonation of their own position, we may refer to a remark made by Mr Childers at the party meeting in Edinburgh on 20th April. The right honourable gentleman actually held up
as the defender of boycotting! In the Magazine we had written, “ Let the Couservative party universally and firmly set upon the principle of withdrawing their business from all tradesmen they employ who do not support the Conservative candidate." We certainly said so, and do not feel called upon to retract our advice. But we did not say, “ Let those Conservatives who are of our way of thinking compel all other Conservatives to carry out this principle; and if they do not do so, ostracise them, belabour them, maim their cattle, compel them to leave their fields untilled and their crops to rot, ruin them in every possible way, and shoot them down if you can do so with any prospect of impunity.” If we had said this, there might have been some point in Mr Childer's quotation. But as we did not, we can only infer that the right honourable gentleman was adapting himself to the intelligence of his audience. -Ed. B. M.
George has succeeded no better paratively minor issues without than his predecessors. Having forfeiting the respect to which he honestly objected to Mr Glad- has been entitled by his previous stone's Home Rule scheme, and action. described it in strong terms of The frantic efforts of the Gladreprobation, Sir George underwent stonian-Parnellite confederates to an honourable martyrdom in the excite the mobocracy against the Hawick Burghs, and was enrolled Parliament have evoked a feeling in the list of those Liberal Union- throughout the country which will ists with whom patriotism had inevitably grow in force and inproved stronger than party. Since tensity, as the subject is more and then, party has been constantly more impressed upon the public endeavouring to win him back mind. Already, in many parts of from patriotism, and, judging from the United Kingdom, loyal men, various letters and speeches, his Liberals as well as Conservatives, mental conflicts must have been have met to support the Queen's of a curious and distressing char- Government against the unconacter. To day it would seem that stitutional action of their unscrupthe cuckoo-cry “ Coercion has ulous opponents. Those opponents, been too much for his virtue, and meanwhile, have to look to their that ne has discovered that excep- own position, which has not been tional powers which may safely be improved in the eyes of the lawintrusted to Liberal officials can- abiding people of this country by not be left in the hands of their the revelations which have lately opponents. It will be seen that been made concerning some of the weight of party is, at the their associates and allies. On moment, the heavier in the scale. Friday the 15th of April, Colonel Tomorrow, perhaps, it may be dif- Saunderson ventured to say in the ferent. We can only hope for the House of Commons that which best, and at the same time regret has been said, without refutation that the certain result is that this or contradiction, in the columns vacillation will very much have of the • Times,' with respect to the diminished the confidence which connection between certain leaders the public were disposed to place of the Parnellite party and men in a man who had, on one occasion who have been obliged to fly the at least, acted according to his country under accusation of terconscientious convictions, and done rible crimes. It is possible that good service to his country by a Colonel Saunderson, carried away courageous vote. Sir George Tre- by justifiable feelings, may have velyan must forgive us if we do been somewhat too outspoken in not follow him in his really paltry his language, and may thus have criticism of one or two minor de- afforded an excuse for the indignatails in the Government Bill, which tion, real or pretended, which his can, if necessary, be amended words evoked from the Nationalist in Committee, and which do not allies of Mr Gladstone. It is imat all affect the general scope, possible to prove that men who aim, and object of the measure, have associated with persons upon which have been emphatically ac- whom the guilt of murder and outcepted by the Unionist leaders, rage has been afterwards fastened, with whom Sir George has lately were cognisant at the time of such been associated, and whom he can- association of the real or imputed not now desert upon these com- guilt of those persons. None the
less, however, must it be held cul- say that he should, so far as he was pable on the part of individuals, himself concerned, treat them with be they politicians or not, to estab. contempt. A criminal action might lish intimate relations between indeed be brought; but Mr Sexton themselves and men of whose char- stated in so many words that an acter and antecedents they ar Irish member could not hope for ignorant. If charity be stretched justice at the hands of a British so far as to make us believe that jury. Lord Hartington well rethe Parnellite leaders were entire marked upon this statement that ly ignorant of the practices and it did not harmonise very well intentions of their chosen compan- with an expression of confidence ions, the damning fact remains in the British people and their opthat the companionship existed, position to “ coercion," to which and that there has been no such Mr Sexton had just given utteremphatic condemnation and de- ance; and Lord Randolph nunciation of the men and their Churchill subsequently pointed doings as might have been expect- out in his speech at Nottingham, ed from men whose confidence had if Mr Parnell had no confidence been so shamefully abused. On in an English jury, he could subthe contrary, the public has been mit his case to either a Scottish led to believe that some of those or an Irish one—the statement very men have, up to a recent date, having been circulated by the acted, if they are not even
of the three kingdoms. acting, as the main supporters and But perhaps the most effective upholders of the Parnellite funds; part of Lord Hartington's speech and Mr Parnell and his friends are was that in which he tore away believed to be upon as good terms the mask from the face of “ her with this wing of their army as Majesty's Opposition," and showed with Mr Gladstone and his lieuten- in plain terms the nature of their ants. Be this as it may, the sim- tortuous and unpatriotic conduct. ple denials of the Parnellites, in They had no need, said Lord Har. however violent and vulgar lan- tington, to hunt up all kinds of guage they may be couched, will excuses for their opposition to a have little weight with the British Bill which was much less strinpublic.
gent than some which they had In his noble and outspoken themselves introduced and passed. speech on the 18th April, Lord These Bills were intended to arm Hartington demolished their posi- and strengthen the law, which had tion. Mr Sexton, in an able but been defied and frustrated by the discursive speech, had alluded to National League. But since they the statements, ample and detailed, had become converted to Home which have recently appeared in Rule, they had come to the concluthe columns of the Times' news- sion that the administration of the paper, and which, unless contra- law should be practically placed undicted, seem to bring home to some der the control of that very League ; of the Parnellite leaders connec- and it was therefore natural that tion with the Fenian conspiracy, they should no longer support this or at least with its members and kind of legislation. Lord Hartingorganisers. In relation to these ton's speech had a marked effect statements, Mr Sexton had used upon the House, which was by no the words “slander" and "malig- means diminished or weakened by nant forgery,” but had gone on to the petulant harangue which was delivered by Mr Gladstone some- night subsequent to that on which what later in the evening. Mr the second reading of the Crimes Gladstone must have been well Bill took place, Mr Gladstone aware of the false position in certainly out-Gladstoned himself. which he is placed, at once by the In his criticism of the accusations inconsistency which he displays in against the Parnellite leaders, he his opposition to a measure recom- absolutely declared that, although mended by arguments which he he had “ in other years" had great has himself again and again en- differences with " these gentle. forced, and by the reckless conduct men,” “neither now nor at any of some of his followers and lieu- time have I given utterance to the tenants, who have used language sentiment, or have I entertained a which plainly justifies rebellion suspicion that they were associated against the authority of the Queen. with crime." We leave our read. Mr Gladstone's speech on the 18th ers to judge how far “ marching April added nothing to his reputa- through rapine to the dismembertion; and the whole debate, as well ment of the empire," or belonging to as the outside agitation which he a society, the - footsteps" of which
“ has endeavoured to stimulate, sim- are “ dogged by crime," constitute ply prove to the word that the a crime; but, whether this be so or "regular opposition " is no longer not, if Mr Gladstone's words are conducted upon the high principles to be accepted as true, it follows which formerly guided British that he imprisoned Mr Parnell statesmen, whether in or out of and sundry other Irishmen when office, but that, under the guidance he did not even suspect them of of the “old Parliamentary hand,” being criminal. Surely this is as alliances have been formed and heavy a charge as could well be sentiments openly professed, which brought against any man-namely, will strengthen the determination that of persecuting innocent peoof every loyal subject of the Queen ple—advanced against himself by to rally round the Conservative- Mr Gladstone, in the most open Unionist Government which is and emphatic manner!
With recarrying out the mandate of the gard to the accusations now made, country in the face of the most Mr Gladstone again makes use of unscrupulous and unprincipled op- the most extraordinary argument position with which a British Gov- in order to shield his new allies. ernment has ever been encountered. "The burden of proof," says he, The majority of 101, with which “lies on those who make the the second reading of the Crimes charge, and unless they make the Bill was carried, affords an indi- charge with evidence that will bear cation of the unabated strength the test of investigation, they are which the loyal and Unionist party wanton calumniators.” Very good. possesses in the House of Com- But Mr Gladstone forgets that the mons, and will doubtless encourage • Times' has challenged “the test the Government in their determina- of investigation ” in the fullest and tion to re-establish the authority most open manner. It had made of the Queen in Ireland, despite certain charges and produced cer. all the efforts of the Gladstonian tain evidence. That evidence may Separatists and their Parnellite be deemed sufficient by some, inallies.
sufficient by others; but the only In his speech at the “Eighty way in which it can be tested is Club” banquet, held upon the by those who are charged proceed
ing by due course of law against en Lord Hartington's position in those who have brought the charge, the country and with the really as being “wanton calumniators." sensible portion of the Liberal Silence under such a charge, or party. empty denial, in language however The most notable portion of Mr strong and vehement, will be in- Gladstone's “Eighty Club"speech, terpreted by the public in various apart from the passages above menways; but there is only one way tioned, is that in which he informs in which innocent men could and his audience that the battle is not should act, and if that way is not to be fought in the walls of the taken, Mr Gladstone's allies must House of Commons," but outside. bear the consequences.
In other words, Mr Gladstone deIt will be noted that Mr Glad- liberately lays it down as a canon stone took some pains to criticise by which the future political life Lord Hartington's speech and con- of Great Britain is to be ruled, duct, when addressing the select that whenever a Parliament elected body of his adherents who were by household suffrage legislates in present at the Eighty Club a manner which is not approved gathering. His observations would by one or other political party, it have had more force if they had will be the duty of that party at been delivered in the House of once to commence an agitation Commons and in Lord Harting- against the Parliament throughout ton's presence; but he preferred the length and breadth of the land. the select party and the more Thus we are to expect neither rest private occasion, when he could nor peace for the future; all is to not be answered. Considering be trouble and turmoil, and the that Mr Gladstone spoke subse- restless spirit of Mr Gladstone is quently to Lord Hartington in to pervade the whole civil life of the debate, the postponement of the nation. We have neither time his reply to the latter proves the nor space at the moment to critidifficulty which he has felt in cise this mischievous teaching, furencountering the straightforward ther than to remark that it is one antagonist who has done so much which we are confident will not to expose the weakness and in- commend itself to the commonconsistency of his policy. The in- sense and intelligence of our councident will only tend to strength- trymen.