A History of the Irish Parliamentary Party - Vol. 2

A History of the Irish Parliamentary Party - Vol. 2

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A History of the Irish Parliamentary Party - Vol. 2

A History of the Irish Parliamentary Party - Vol. 2

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Foreign Opinion on Irish Crisis--Ford's Cheques--National and Ribbon Fenians--Parnell and Crime--Coercion before Reform plays Parnell's game--Crude Obstruction brings the Dollars--Gladstone's unsettling Land Bill--Parnell's Provocation--'The Old Methods' to the Front-- United Ireland founded--Safe in Klimainham!--The Land League suppressed--Stafford Election.

As the year 1880 drew to its close, the rumours increased on all sides that the Government was contemplating a new Land Bill for Ireland in the next session of Parliament. In the Owls' Room of the Morning Post , sacred to the use of the leader writers, notes on the subject were compared which had been gathered from many sources of information. The Owl had been a famous organ of news and satire, of which Mr. Borthwick, our proprietor, had been a moving spirit; and the room where its secret contributors met was now the centre of confabulations not quite germane to the ideas of the ancient organ of society and gossip. I always wrote my articles at home, but in the Owls' Room at certain hours I was certain to meet Mr. Baker Greene and Mr. Sheridan Knowles. We had all ceased to be proud of having invented the active policy. Its popularity had been 'conveyed' for the ruin of Home Rule and the rise of the Land League. We were not quite certain of all that the Land League might be, but it was increasingly probable that it was not very nice. We had no doubt about the reality of distress in the west. We had converging information from a hundred quarters upon the influence of Parnell with the Liberals. Baker Greene was full of the conversations of judges, barristers, great diners-out, who heard what all . . .

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