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Ate. 30] CONVERSION OF Mil. GLADSTONE 115
(a) Irish affairs : Irish affairs should include land, education, law and justice, police, customs.
Publicist. ' Are you sure about the police ? '
'Certainly. Parnell would insist upon the police. If you refused he would make the refusal a cdttitfi belli. I have no doubt about that/
P-ublicisf. ' Well, customs? '
'Parnell would certainly like the customs. lie wants protection for Irish industries, for a time at all events.'
Publicist. ' Well, he won't got it. That much is perfectly clear. We won't give him the customs. Would he make the refusal a twsus belli? '
' No ; if you give him land, education, law and justice, and police, ho would be satisfied ; but these tilings arc*, vital. Ho would, however, make a light, for UK*. customs, I think/
(1)) Imperial affairs: Imperial affairs should include foreign policy (peace or war), the army and navy, the Crown, the currency, and the post office.
* The Irish would not trouble, themselves much about Imperial affairs. What they want is to have the building up of their own nation in then: own hands. Give them an Irish Parliament with full power for the government of Ireland, and they would let the .British run the Empire.'
It was finally arranged that I should write, an article on these lines. I scut in the 'copy1 about November 20, but the, article did not appear until January following. It wan then published under the title: 'A Federal Union with Ireland,'
Early in December Mr. Gladstone returned to Tlawarden. Some time afterwards a communication sanctioned by him wan sent to a leading Liberal, its ? This really was the crux of the whole scheme.a matter ofces, naturally antagonistic, but held together by tho attractive personality and iron will of a great com-* Tho mauifeHto appeared November 21.d, the end that anyd