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252 CHARLES STEWAET PAENELL [1880
jury, it would give a reason for asking for stronger powers. The prosecution of the Land League, if possible, seems desirable in itself, but its chief recommendation is that it appears to be the only alternative to doing nothing. The proposed new Land Bill will be much more likely to have a good effect if it follows a strong blow against agitation than if it appears to result from it.'
Lord Cowper to Mr. Gladstone
[October 20, 1880.]
1 DEAR, ME. GLADSTONE,—Though you are in constant communication with Forster, and though he and I take pretty much the same views, perhaps you would not object to an occasional line from me saying what I think and giving what information I can.
' Spencer will have shown you the statistics of crime,
and you will have seen that outrages are very numerous,
and will have gathered that they will probably increase.
But the peculiarity of the present state of Ireland seems
to me to lie not so much in the number of outrages as
in the general ill-feeling among the tenants. I gather
from all sources, including men of Liberal politics, and
who would naturally support the Government, such as
Colonel Dease, my Chamberlain, Cork's agent, Leahy,
and Kenmare's agent, Hussey, that there never has
been .such a state of panic on one side and lawlessness
and ill-will on the other. The police fully confirm
this. Of course, what strikes me is the universal
sympathy of the population with the criminals, and the
impossibility of bringing to justice any one member of
large gangs of men who do not even, on some occasions,
take the precaution of disguising themselves* This, how-