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the Whig and Tory benches—the cheer of men who had been victorious, and were resolved that the fruits of their triumph should not be lost. When the. cheering ceased Parnell rose, and his rising was a signal for a cheer, but yet a feeble one, from his followers. He said : ' I venture, sir, to assume it will be proper for me, in consequence of the reply which you have just vouchsafed to the question of the hon. member for Northampton, at once to bring forward, as a matter of privilege, a resolution declaring that the action of the Speaker in preventing further discussion on the Protection of Property and Person (Ireland) Bill this morning was a breach of the privileges of the House.' Parnell resumed his seat, and the Speaker at once rose, and in measured language answered: * The hon. member having stated the resolution he proposes to submit to the House, I have to inform the hon. member that the resolution he so proposes relates, not to a question of privilege, but to a question of order/ These words were received with another burst of cheei% ing from the Whig and Tory benches ; and the Speaker continued: "' If he thinks proper to bring the matter under the notice of the House in the regular way, he i$ entitled to do so by notice of motion, but not at the present time and as a question of privilege.' Once more the words of the Speaker were received with Whig and; Tory cheers, amidst which he resumed his seat, Mr.; Parnell rose again, and again slight Irish cheers greeted him, his followers being desirous of showing theic loyalty to him, but feeling that in the present crisis of affairs they really were not in a position to cheer. They had been defeated in the morning, and there did not yet appear the slightest chance of the tide of-battle being turned against their adversaries. In these.