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128                niAULKS  STKWAHT   TAUXKLL              [1880
leave, Biggar pushed his way to the front, and in deep guttural tones jerked out the. words: * Sir, if Musther Lyneh goes to the poll I'll support hint/ Parnell made a gentle inclination of the head in response to this characteristic speech of his old friend and retired. Mr. Lynch went to the poll, hut was left at the hottom of it by an overwhelming majority.1 A grave crisis had been averted, but the Ualway election of IHKO threw a dark shadow over the fateful career of the Irish lender.
The election over, Parnell returned to London. Tim ihJnd of March wan the day originally fixed for the introduction of the Home Kule Hill. Hut the differences between Mr. Gladstone and Mr. (Chamberlain had not yet been nettled, So far, indeed, were the two men from agreement that on March 15 Mr, ('hamberlain threatened to resign. "Writing to Mr. Gladstone, ho said :
* I gathered from your statements that although your plans are not fully matured, yet you have come, to the conclusion that any extension of local government on exclusive lines, including even the creation of a national council or councils for purely Irish husincHH, would now be entirely inadequate, and that you are convinced of the necessity for conceding a Kepanite IcgiHlativn assembly for Ireland, with full powern to deal with all Irish affairs. I understood that you would locelndo from their competence the control of the army and navy and tha direction of foreign and colonial policy, but that you would allow them to arrange their own customs tariff, to have entire! control of the civil forces of the country, and even, if they thought fit, to establish
* At the* Giwral KkotUm FarmtU had mtpportad the candidature of Captain O'Bliea for tha Exchange division of Liverpool*sperse, and as Parnell had risen to in n shorter timo than I now take to tell the Htory. Whenoin Mr, (*lml**tunr,* Nr\t <luy tht*