300 CHARLES STEWART FARNELL [1882
Government and weakened his own. He looked and spoke like a man under a cloud. An extract from one of his speeches on the Bill will perhaps suffice to show the character of them all. On May 29 he said: 4 We have been contending against the right hon. gentleman (Mr. Gladstone) for two years. We have found him to be a great man and a strong man. I even think it is no dishonour to admit that we should not wish to bo fought again in the same way by anybody in the future. 1 regret that the event in the Huxmix Park has prevented him continuing the course of conciliation that we had expected from him. I regret that owing to the exigencies of his party, of his position in the country, he has felt himself compelled to turn from that course of conciliation and concession into the horrible paths of coercion/
Nevertheless, the struggle over the measure was protracted. There wore many scenes. There was an all-night sitting, and eighteen Irish members were suspended.
finally the Irish withdrew from the contest, protesting : * That inasmuch as the Irish parliamentary party have boon expelled from the House of Commons under threat of physical force during the consideration of a measure affecting vitally the rights and liberties of Ireland, and as the Government during the enforced absence of the Irish members from the House pressed forward material parts of the measure in committee, thus depriving the representatives of the Irish people of the right to discuss and to vote upon coercion proposals for Ireland; we, therefore, hereby resolve to tako no further part in the proceedings in committee on the Coercion Bill, and we cast upon the Government the sole responsibility for a Bill which has been urged