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Júr 39]      MK-   GLADSTONE  AT EMNJJl'KUII              107
'Why do you not give guarantees,' the reporter asked 'that legislative independence will not be used to bring about separation ? *
Parnell   answered   with  characteristic   directness, honesty, and   courage :   * I refuse to give guaranty's because I have none of any value to give.    If I wcro to offer guarantees 1 should at once ho told they aro worthless.    I can reason only by analogy, and point to what has happened in our lime in the relation of other States placed in similar circumstances to England and Ireland,  but   cannot  guarantee  absolutely  what   will happen if our claims tiro conceded,    I have, no inundate from the Irish people to dictate a course of action to those who may succeed us.    When the Irish Parliainnti has  been  conceded,  England  will   have a  gjiar:inter against separation in the presence of her army, navy, and militia, and in her occupation of fortmsscsand other strong places in the country;   but slw  will have fitr better guarantees, in my opinion, in the knowledge of the Irish people that it in in their power by ronstitu-iional means  to make the laws which they are called .ipon to obey just and equitable.'
On November 1) Mr. Gladstone, net out on bin second Midlothian campaign. That itight lie inatlo ;wo apparently contradictory fftateinftttts on tltu Irish [uestion at Ktlinburglu Ho said :
1. ' What Ireland intiy deliberately imcl constitution-blly demand, unless it infringes the principle? eonnrcied vith the honourable^ iniiintenance of the unity of the Empire, will be a demand that we arc bound at any rato o treat with careful attention. . . . To stint In^liwid in >ower which may bo neeeBKary or dostrahhi for Urn aanagemont of inatttTK purely Irish would be a tfmit rror, and if she were r,o stinted, the end that anyd