Ulte CHARLES STEWART PARNELL [1881
the debate on the Address lasted eleven nights, the debate on the first reading five, and even then the Bill was only * read ' by a coup de main. The debate on the second reading lasted four nights, ten nights were spent in committee, and two on the third reading.
Forster'K case may be stated in a few words. The Land League, the centre of disturbance, was * supreme/ It wan necessary its powers should be crippled. They could only be crippled by investing the Executive with extraordinary powers. The wretches who committed the outrages—' village tyrants,' ' dissolute ruffians '— were known to the police. If the Habeas Corpus Act \vere Bunpended they would all be arrested and the disorder would be stopped. It gave him the keenest sorrow, lie declared, to ask for extraordinary powers. This had been to him a most l painful duty,' he added with pathetic honesty. 'I never expected I should have to discharge it. If I had thought that this duty \vnul<l devolve, on the Irish Secretary, I would never have held office; if I could have foreseen that this would have been the result of twenty years of parliamentary life, I would have left Parliament rather than have undertaken it. .But I never was more clear than I um now that it is my duty. I never was more clear that the man responsible, as I am, for the administration of the government of Ireland ought no longer to have any part or share in any Government which does not fulfil its first duty —the protection of person and properly und the security of liberty/
Parnell's answer may be given briefly too. The public opinion of Ireland was at the back of the League. The policy of the Government was the coercion of a nation. The people suffered wrongs. Thci Government admitted it. Let these wrongs be