91 CHARLES 8THWAUT PAHXKLL [lH8r>
have observed that the rules of the code of honour of lion, members below the gangway stop in at, the point when proof becomes necessary/ l
Things had now reached a point which any man oŁ parliamentary experience might have foreseen, when privacy could not be maintained, and Lord Carnarvon's name was disclosed in the newspapers. Lord Carnarvon immediately justified himself in the House of Lords. ITe hud certainly not entitled Mr. Parnell to declare that the Conservative party had proi'tVred Ireland a statutory Parliament in ease of their success at the polls, though ho had inquired into the nature of flu* measure which in Mr. ParwH's opinion would satisfy fieliuul, and expressed bin own willingness thut such a measure should be conceded. And us ln» had rertainty communicated to I'jord Salisbury and other of his colleagues the nature of his parley with Mr. Parnrll, Sir M. I licks-Beach was not justified in the sweeping nature*, of his denial.
Speaking for himself, .Lord Carnarvon said: *1 \vould gladly set* some limited form of st'lf-governmrnt, not in any way independent of Imperial control, such as may satisfy real local requirements and, In some extent, national aspirations. 1 would gladly MM* a Kettlement where, tin* rights of property »nd of minorities being on the whole secured, both nation.s mi«jht rent from this long and weary ^.niggle, and steady and constitutional progress might In* patiently and gradually evolved/ And with respt*et to bin colleagues, in a latt;r spei»cli l^ord Carnarvon naid: *l Hhoultl havu been wanting in my duty if I had failed to inform tny noblo friend at the head of the Government of my intention of holding that meeting with Mr. Pitnutll, 1 Hansard, vol. ecevi. pp. 111W 1200.t altered at all; simply, heecent Hpeeehr^ tbut Mr. CtiiuiHtono wn« untdtiitlly iippri.nieiiiii^ litujit* Ituh*. ami if he coutd bit indiired to initke it »utti*fiu*tt<ryhem. His answer was that there were no such persons :