Sidelights on the Home Rule Movement

Sidelights on the Home Rule Movement

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1906 edition. Excerpt: ...perfect safety by day or by night. A peace crusade at such a time, by the President of the body which fomented the outrages, might have proved successful. I do not imply that Parnell was the instigator of them, but no one will dispute that, while he was in Kilmainham, every act of violence and outrage was supposed and intended by the Leaguers to advance his policy. Hence the confidence he felt in his ability to fulfil his share of the treaty. In a word, either Mr. Forster's policy or Mr. Gladstone's might have succeeded, if allowed unhindered scope and given a fair field. But a policy of drift and compromise was bound to. fail. An incidental disaster does not lead a general to change his plan of campaign. But while, one day, devotion to academic doctrines about governing by ordinary law led the Premier to refuse a hearing to Mr. Forster; the next, a chance reverse led him to fling these doctrines to the winds, and to promote a law so extraordinary as to astonish Mr. Forster himself. For Mr. Gladstone's Coercion Act of 1882 contained provisions unparalleled since the Union delivered Ireland from the misgovernment and tyranny of a native Parliament. It provided for the trial of crimes of the gravest kind, including treason and murder, by.a tribunal of three judges without a jury. It provided for magisterial inquiries into crimes when no accused person was made amenable--a machinery that availed to bring the Phoenix Park murderers to justice. And in addition to all this, it contained the most elaborate network of statutory provisions against combination, as distinct from crime, that the wit of man could devise. Indeed, if the Act had been strictly construed and enforced, the majority of the adult more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 113g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236915461
  • 9781236915467