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Full text of "The Life Of Charles Stewart Parnell - Ii"

yKx. 39]      LORD SALISBURY AND HOME RULH           105
that in that direction we shall  find  any substantial solution of the problem/
Here certainly there was no promise of Homo Rule, yet the passage excited much comment in "Whig, Tory, and Nationalist circles. .Lord Salisbury knew what Parnell had demanded—an Irish .Parliament; the ' name and fact/ Yet he did not pooh-pooh the proposition. He did not, like Mr, Chamberlain, put down his foot and cry non> poxsitmus. On the contrary, he showed a willingness to argue the point; he was conciliatory, he was respectful a remarkable departure from his usual stylo in dealing \\ith political opponents and disagreeable topics. The Newport speech was in truth a counter move to the Ilawanlen manifesto. * i promise you/ Parnell had said some weeks previously, 4 that you will see the NVhigs and Tories vieing with each other to settle this Irish question.* So far, however, lie made no public, comment either on the liawurden manifesto or the Newport speech, lie waited fur further developments. Meanwhile everything was going precisely as he wished. Whigs and Tories wen? bidding against each other for his patronage. He was master of the situation. On October 1*2 the* most important pronouncement hitherto made, on the Irish question wan delivered by Mr. Childers, tbo friend and confidant of Mr. Gladstone, at Pontefract. He was thi1 first Knglish politician, who had courage to grapple with details. He was ready, ho said, to give Ireland a largo uioasurn of local self-government. Ho would leave her to legislate for herself, reserving Imperial rights over foreign policy, military organisation, external trade*, (including customs duties), the! pont office, the currency, tbo national debt, and. tbo court of ultimate appeal, Mr. Childcrn by himself did not carry much weight, but ithave not succeeded