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IT is unnecessary to say that the opening of the year I H7r> found all Kn^land united against the Irish Nationalist demand, rlvhe Tories were in power. Mr. ..Disraeli was Prime, "Minister, Sir Michael Ilieks-.Beaeh was Chief Seeretary for Ireland,
Mr. Gladstone had retired from the.; leadership of the Liberal party, and Lord llartington had taken bin -place. 1 MTerintf on almost all other points, Liberaln and Tories were united in their hostility to Homo Hulo, Tlia fact that ncmrly wixty Irinh mc*rnlK»rH had been roturnod pltnlgt^l to the, qtteHtion made no impreBRion on ilia HOUHO of Commons. The gwmt majority of thofio memhrrs W(»re moderate, respeetahlo mon, anxious to conciliate Kn^lish opinion,^ul not to wound Kn^lish sentinu^nt. 1 have, said that .Butt watt a perfect type of a constitutional agitator. The. .Irish party was a perfect type of a constitutional party. But ii wan laughed at and despised by the Ilouso of Coin-* moiiH. Home. Kule was regarded an a supremo joke; the Home Kulei'H wen* looked upon an a collection of foolish but harmless * gentlemen from Ireland/ Biggar alone stood out in bold relief from the whole crowd, and bin eflfortB to nmm every opportunity for outraging Englinh opinion not only made him hateful to the