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jRt. 40] GAIAVAY KLKCTION U>1
to retain the Irish members, in their full numbers and for all purposes, in the. Imperial Parliament, at the same time, establishing a body in Dublin for the transaction of certain specified business, and even for the making of certain specified laws, then, no matter what that hotly might be called, it would in nullity be nothing more, nor less at the utmost than a sort of glorified county council. If, on the other hand, the, Irish members wore excluded altogether, and if the new body were given legislative, and executive powers generally, reserving certain subjects for Imperial control, then an Irish Parliament- -and practically an independent Irish Parliament, as independent as any colonial Legislature —Would beyond all doubt beset up. Ilenee it came to pass that this question of the exclusion or retention of the Irish members became the crux of the \vhulo scheme. Mr. Chamberlain insisted on it, because be hoped by these tactics to turn Mr. Gladstone's flunk, and to convert the Homo Rule Mill into a Local Government Bill. But the old parliamentary hand was far too wary to allow Ins central position to bo taken in this way, * I have drawn this clause/ ho said to one who wan trying to smooth over the diftoronoes between himself and Mr. Chamberlain. * It is the. best I. can do. Let Mr. Chamberlain draw a clause for the retention of the Irish members, then we shall bo in a position to eon* Hitler both clauses.' This message was convoyed to Mr. Chamberlain, who shook his head despairingly.
While, negotiations were in train between Mr. Gladstone and Mr. Chamberlain on the subject of the retention of the Irish members, a cloud, no bigger than a man's hand but full of mischief, appeared upon ilin political horizon in Ireland. At the General Kloelion Mr. T. P. O'Connor had been returned for the borough«l join Mr, (*lml**tunr,* Nr\t <luy tht*