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284                CHARLES STEWART PARNELL             [1881
This resolution was the first order of the day on Thursday, February 3. But before it was reached Sir William Harcourt informed the House that Michael Davitt had just been arrested in Dublin for violating the conditions of his ticket-of-leave.
' 'What conditions ? ' asked Parnell; but Sir "William Harcourt gave no answer.1
Mr. Gladstone then rose to move the ' closure' resolution, but Mr. Dillon interposed to ask further questions relating to Davitt's arrest. The Speaker called on Mr. Gladstone,
Mr, Dillon refused to give way. ' I demand/ he cried out, amid the din which his persistence produced, * I demand my privilege of speech/
The Speaker then ' named' Mr. Dillon for wilfully disregarding the authority of the Chair, and on the motion of Mr. Gladstone he was suspended. Called upon to withdraw, he refused to leave his place, and was removed by the Sergeant-at-Arms. Mr. A. M. Sullivan questioned the authority of the Chair in, ordering the forcible removal of Mr. Dillon without first seeking the sanction of the House for that course, but the point was qxiickly overruled.
Mr. Gladstone rose once more to propose his resolution, when Parnell moved that 'the right hon. member be no longer heard.7 Another scene of indescribable excitement and confusion followed. The Speaker refused to hear Parnell; Parnell ' insisted' that his motion should be put. The Speaker named; him for persisting in a course of ' wilful and deliberate obstruction/ and he was at once suspended on the motion
1 The Government recognised that Davitt was a danger, and simply, made the violation of the conditions of the * ticket-of-leave' a pretext for arresting him. Davitt was immediately taken to Portland, where he remained until May 6,1882.