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/Ex. 4l>] SPECIAL COMMISSION
ten minutes past one in the House of Commons in order to defend himself from an anonymous fabrication such as that which is contained in the " Times" of this morning/
After this declaration the subject of the facsimile letter was for a time permitted to drop. The ' Times * went on printing the articles on 'Parnellism and Crime.* It also puhlinhed some incriminating letters purporting to have been written by Mr. Egan, the former treasurer of the Laud League. Finally, Mr. F. II. O'Donuell, ex-M.l\, feeling himself aggrieved by certain BtatementB in ' Parnellinm and Crime/ took proceeding against the * Times,1 The * Times ' pleaded that nothing in the artieleH pointed at Mr. O'Dormell, and the jury took the name view of the ease. However, in the conduct of the suit the 'Times' counsel—the Attorney-Oewnrttl *—ruiteratod the charge levelled at Parneil and ParnelliKiu. The Irish leader was compelled to take immctdiattt action.
He promptly anked the House of Commons to appoint a Hel«*st Committee to inquire whether the faoHimilo letter was a forgery. The Government would not connent to thin proposal, but agreed to appoint ii Special (lommiHHion, composed of three judges, to investigate all the charges made by the * Timcm.'
In September 1888 the Special Commission met. The comxiuHfliomuw wara Mr, JiwticG (afterwards Lord) Hannon, Mr, Jufttic*) Day, Mr. (now Lord) Justice Smith.
Each party to tho caiiKO was represented by a strong Bar, tho Attorn«y-G«meral loading for the ' Times/ Sir
* Sir Webster, Q.O., M.P., O.C.M.G. The phraseology of