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the sands are running in the hour-glass/ he said in ai oft-quoted, sentence, ' the Irish landlords have as ye given no intimation of a desire to accept a proposa framed in a spirit of the utmost allowable regard t< their apprehensions and their interests/ If the landlord were not prepared to accept the Bill he would ask in Liberal to vote for it. In this shape he offered th< olive-branch to his old friends. Up to May 28 M* Bright had taken no very prominent part in opposition to the Ministerial policy, and there were rumours alloa that he was favourable to the Bills.
I was anxious to learn if there was any foundation for these rumours, and I wrote to Mr, Bright, ask in. him to give me an interview. He ([iiickly sent th following reply :
4 Reform Club : May 2H, lH8f>.
'I expect to be hove to-morrow from llj to 12, an Khali be glad to sec you, if it bo not inconvenient f<: you to call upon me/
I called at I*2.IM). He wan Hitting in the hall <: the club talking to Lord Hartington. I took a plac opposite to them, and waited for about an hour, A the end of that time Mr. [Bright looked at his watcl rose, said something (smiling) to Lord Ilartingto1 (who went away), and then walked across the ha' to me.
1 Well,' he said pleasantly, 'I have kept youwaitin for an hour, but I have been talking about Ireland a the time. I came to the club this morning at 1 o'clock, and I have talked of nothing but Ireland sinc< Come, sit down.*
I went straight to the point. To talk to Mr. Brigli and not go straight to the point would be fatal. ' I hav
VOL. n. Ln Irish Parliament. Every other question remains open/ As for the Land Bill, he practically threw it over. * Whilepay it backuld legislate!?'ll had risen to in n shorter timo than I now take to tell the Htory. Whenoin Mr, (*lml**tunr,* Nr\t <luy tht*