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time to do it, and if he should lose this opportunity he can never have it again, without great pecuniary sacrifice.9 But, despite the weight which Lord Hartington carried with all moderate men, many Liberals opposed the Bill. It was, however, read a second time, on July 5, by 295 against 217 votes; 20 Liberals voting against it, and 20 walking out.
The Irish Nationalists to a man supported the Government. Harried by the dissentient members of their own party, Ministers proposed in committee to introduce an amendment, which aroused the hostility of Parnell. The purpose of the amendment was to disallow the tenant's claim to compensation, provided the landlord gave him permission to sell his interest in the holding. ' This is impossible,' said Parnell. * In the present state of affairs in Ireland no one will buy the tenant right, and,' he added, turning to Mr. Forster, " unstable as water thou shalt not excel." ' Parnell was supported by Mr. Charles Eussell (now Lord Eussell of Killowen, the Lord Chief Justice of England), who denounced the amendment as a ' mockery ' and begged the Government to withdraw it. The Government, still wavering, did finally withdraw it, substituting in its place an alteration proposed by Mr. Gladstone (and carried), to the effect that the tenant' should be entitled to compensation if the landlord had refused the terms set out in the Bill without the offer of any reasonable alternative.' The next crisis in the fate of the Bill was the acceptance by Ministers of a proposal from the Opposition to the effect that the application of the measure should be limited to tenancies not exceeding 151. a year. Parnell protested against this limit, which, under his pressure, was abandoned, a new limit of SOL valuation, equivalent to 421. rent,