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the Gladstonian-Parnellites. One friends "to treat the Irish repreof the conditions upon which Sir sentatives with courtesy and comGeorge Trevelyan tells us that he mon docency." No one upon the was prepared to have supported Unionist side would wish to acthe Home-Rule Bill was that cord different treatment to the “the Central Government kept a representatives of Irish constitusufficient hold on law and order." encies. But the treatment should That is the very thing which the be reciprocal ; and no one can have " Central”-i.e., the “ British"- attended the House of Commons' Government is determined to do, debates during the present session and which it is bouud to do before without feeling that Sir Geore any such scheme as Sir George Trevelyan might with advantage alludes to can be produced with have recommended to his own a hope of beneficial results. But clients to take a share in that how are they encountered by determination which is so highly such backsliding Unionists as Sir creditable to those who have formed George Trevelyan? The Bill by it, and which, we trust, they will means of which they seek to extend to those Unionists and “ keep a sufficient hold on law," members of the Government who by vindicating its supremacy, is have certainly had cause to comdenounced as "coercion”; and plain of somewhat different treatthe very man who boasts of having ment. It is melancholy to observe made this « condition,” now pro- how party feeling seems to have tests against the said Bill, because warped Sir George Trevelyan's he says it " is framed for the sup- judgment, and deprived him of pression of the National League,” all claim to that impartiality which
—that is, for the suppression of he has assumed in his late speeches. the body which has prevented, His exhibition at the “Eighty Club" and is still striving to prevent, (which has since evinced its unfitthe “ Central Government" from ness to be classed as a “Liberal” having that “ sufficient hold on society, by driving from it all those law and order” which he himself who would not agree to bow their esteems it a necessity that they necks before Mr Gladstone and should possess.
Home Rule) was surpassed in folly When we remember the position and extravagance by his speech at which Sir George Trevelyan has Manchester on May 19th, in which, held, and the knowledge which he referring to the action of the Govmust have acquired of the diffi- ernment, he went so far as to say culty of governing Ireland, we con- that "the parliamentary atmosphere fess that we feel deep regret on now positively reeks with injusreading his misdescription of the tice," and spoke of it being necesCrimes Bill, his upholding of the sary that the Liberal Unionists “ National League,” and his open should exact, as the price of their avowal that one of his main reasons support, “that Conservatives should for joining in the opposition to the treat Liberals with decent civility." Bill is his unwillingness to trust This is pretty good, when we conits powers to his political oppon- sider the language which has been ents. To a speech tinged with so aimed at the Conservatives and bitter a party spirit, it was a fitting the Government by Gladstonians conclusion that Sir George should "below the gangway," the insultspeak of the determination of his ing words and demeanour, and the unparliamentary jeers and gestures same question is not “the question which have been employed, and the of the day"? The Gladstonians extraordinary patience by which and Parnellites have at least they have been endured by those been consistently energetic in their who now constitute the majority endeavours to make it so; and in of the House of Commons.
the "Eighty Club" schism to It is almost cruel to dwell which we have just alluded, they longer upon Sir George Trevelyan, have insisted that “it is the duty who must still be writhing under of the Liberal party to maintain the complete and merciless ex- and enforce the policy of Home posure of his inconsistency which Rule.” With what decent prehas been inflicted upon him by Lord tence can Sir George justify his Randolph Churchill, and which statement that "the battle is places him in a pitiable light in- over''? The Gladstonians have deed before the public eye. It is not accepted the verdict of the impossible, however, to omit to call country, but, on the contrary, are attention to the commencement of doing their utmost to obtain its this Manchester speech, in which reversal; and it is their action the repentant sinner again halts and which has "kept open” and wavers between his country and widened "old wounds." The his party, even after he has yielded "organised opposition " was beto the mandate of the latter and gun on their side; and the Liberal deserted the cause of the former. Unionists, in following the exHe shows, indeed, a sad want of ample, are only fighting for their power to appreciate the importance own existence. It would have of the issues involved in the con- been well for Sir George Trevelyan test, when he speaks of himself as if he could have remained silent one who, “having felt bound to during that exclusion from Paroppose the majority of his own liament which we all hope will be party on the question of two but temporary, for his reputation famous Bills,"_"now that the battle for statesmanship has suffered irreis over, and the contest is trans- trievable damage from his recent ferred into other fields, refuses to utterances. Nor can his present keep open old wounds, and to take mental condition be entirely compart in an organised opposition to fortable, for he tells us that he a party with which he agrees on “heartily endorses Lord Hartingnineteen questions out of twenty, ton's conditions" with respect to because a twelvemonth ago he dis- Irish legislation, to all appearance agreed with them in their treat- entirely forgetting that compliance ment of what was then the question or agreement with these same conof the day." Was ever such non- ditions was denounced by Mr Gladsense written by a sensible man? stone at Carlisle as an invitation If the question of Home Rule was to him to " walk into the gutter," not a great and overshadowing and urged as a reason why the question, far away above and be- Unionist member for Carlisle yond ordinary political matters, should be rejected. Sir George Trevelyan ought not It is idle, however, further to to have, and never would have, follow the vacillation and inconseparated himself from his party. sistency of Sir George Trevelyan, But having conscientiously done who, no later than the 13th of so, how can he pretend that the March last, emphatically told the people of Liskeard that it is fact that in Radical and Nonconthe decided duty of the Liberal formist Cornwall, the majority of Unionists to strengthen the hands 2000 for the Gladstonian in the of the Government in dealing with St Austell division in 188; should disorder in Ireland.” We can only have fallen to 200 in 1887,- for regret that the giver of such sound although the Unionist candidate advice should have afforded another had the advantage of being a Corinstance of the power of party pre- nish man, not only were the Liberal judice to weaken patriotic inspira- Unionists completely unorganised, tions and deprive the country of but the Radical candidate had a good and valuable services. But Wesleyan connection which told there is little hope of good service largely in his favour. But the to his country from a man who, at light is beginning to shine in Cornsuch a crisis as the present, tells wall as well as in other parts of us that “the reunion of the Liberal the country; and as the conduct party at this moment is the one and policy of Mr Gladstone and object of his life;" and we can only his Parnellite allies become more hope that the lapse of time may and more conspicuously identified yet show him that there are higher before the eyes of the constituenand nobler objects which should cies, we confidently believe that guide the career of a statesman the followers of the ex-Premier and a patriot. Fortunately for the will gradually fall away, that the country, the issue before us is be- cause of the Union will be felt to coming better and better under- be the cause of patriotism, and stood, in spite of Gladstonian that a great and lasting triumph misrepresentation and Parnellite will crown the efforts of the Coneffrontery. It is a noteworthy stitutional party.
INDEX TO VOL. CXLI.
AFGHANISTAN, IN THE HEART OF, 81– National Independence,' reviewed,
the object of the Afghan Frontier 148.
mtlitary operations, 714-total strength
warfare, 716 et seq.—the pacification
Burton, John Hill, as a historian, 749.
CATHAY AND THE GOLDEN CHERSONESE,
Chinese, ib.-division of the Shans into
peoples, 231-Kublai Khan, the
mese collisions on the frontier, 236—
misunderstandings between Burma and
the bison, ib.-a shooting expedition trade with South-Western China, 243.
game, 801—bagging a bison, 804. Churchill's, Lord Randolph, resignation,
of, 495 et seq.
Colquhoun, Mr, on British trade with
Competition in flax-spinning, 507
Corn Laws and commercial prosperity, the
of the, 496.
Queen Charlotte,' reviewed, 441
Darwin's, Charles, works, 752 et seq.
Death Customs of the Transylvanian
Debates in the House of Commons, un- FREE TRADE AND DEPRESSED TRADE,
491–Our fiscal policy, ib.-duties on
James Russell Lowell, reviewed, 291. of farm produce in 1850 and 1885, ib
IV.-V., 352— VI-VII., conclusion, imports of farm produce, 494-good
harvests and trade depression, 495—
repeal of the Corn Laws and commercial
pig-iron, 497—the German tariff, 498
States tariffs, 502—the Royal Com-
349—the “ Douglas Cause," ib, et seg. Gaskell, Mrs, as a writer of fiction, 758.
Gipsies' religion, 637 et seq.
1885,' byw. J. O'Neill Daunt, re. Gladstone's, Mr, attacks on the Liberal
Unionists, 320—his views on the Plan
Irish opponents in 1881, 722_his
Asia : Travels with the Afghan Boun tionists, 723—his efforts to protect
life and property in Ireland, 724–
arraignment of Parliament before the
mobocracy, 726_his attempt to over.
“ Eighty Club,” 733—his appeal to
the Nonconformists, 860_his Parlia-
great demand for architects and Gladstonian-Parnellite Confederacy, the,
Liberal Unionist, 317.
Green, J. R., as a historian, 749.
Harcourt, Sir William, and the Parnel.
Hartington, Lord, and his followers, the
Harvests, good, and trade depression,