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the right-hand man exclaimed joyously, ' Hurrah ! \ve were afraid Morloy might not join us.'
That evening an 'inspired' paragraph announcing Mr. Gladstone's adhesion to Home .Rule was given to Mr. Dawson Rogers, the manager of the National Press Agency. Similar paragraphs coming, however, from independent sources wen4, sent to the * Leeds Mercury* and the, * Standard.' On December 1(5 the, fluttered dove-eotes of the Liberal party knew the worst. 4 Mr. Gladstone/ wrote, the t Leeds Mercury,1 ' recognises that there is no use in proposing a scheme [for the settlement of the Irish question | which has not some element of stability and permanence. The, plan, there-fore, which he has in view provides for the, establishment of a Parliament in Dublin for dealing with purely Irish affairs.1
Of course Mr. Gladstone was called on to 'explain/ He did explain, through the Central News Agency, thus: *Tho statement is not an accurate representation of my views, but is, I presume, a speculation upon them. It is not published with my knowledge, or authority; nor is any other, beyond my own public declarations/
Obviously this * explanation ' did not reassure the public mind. On the, contrary, the Liberal dove-cotes were, more fluttered than ever.
To do Mr, Gladstone! justice, ho desired at this crisis to consider the Irish question without any reference to party tactics. Chancing about the, middle of December to meet Mr. Arthur Halfour at the Duke of Westminster's, ho Haul to the brilliant young Tory that if Lord Salisbury wished to deal with the Irish demand no obstacles ought to bo thrown in his way; that, in fact, both parties should combine to consider|4 ftn* iliği!UiarIil, * Autlu'lttir rnotl^Ji/ uaği thr !'Vj4y, ' Thrtl/