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274               CHARLES  STEWART PA11NELL               [1890
said, 'that if Parnell remains Mr. Gladstone will go. Then let him go. If the issue be, Parnell without the Liberal alliance, or the Liberal alliance without Parnell, we accept the issue. We stand by our own leader. .But Mr. Gladstone does not say he will go. His actual words are : " The continuance of Parnell's leadership would render my retention of the leadership of the Liberal party almost a nullity." This may be Glad^ stonese for going. We believe it is Gladstonese for staying. Will Mr. Gladstone tell the world that he believes Home Rule to be just and necessary, but that he will abandon it because the Irish leader has broken the sixth commandment ? Why, on Mr. Gladstone's own showing, the Land League broke almost all the Ten Commandments, but the fact did not prevent him from carrying the Land Act of 1881, and from practically entering into an offensive and defensive •alliance with the League. Mr. Gladstone has divided the Liberal party, lias risked his reputation as a statesman, in adopting the Home Eule cause. Is lie going to abandon that cause, is he going to forsake a principle -founded on justice, and for which he has staked his whole political career—for history will judge him in the end by his Irish policy—because the leader of the Irish party has committed adultery? Is Home Eule to be decided, not on its merits, but according to the domestic life of the Home Bule leader. But if the penalty of fidelity to Parnell mean the loss of Mr. Gladstone, so be it. If we have to fight the English Liberals once more, we accept the responsibility. Parnell brought them to their bearings before. He can bring them * to their bearings again. Mr. Gladstone is now, we heartily believe, a sincere Home Euler. But who made him so ? He did all in- his power to crush the Irish party. He    but it