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ADAMS, Rev. Coker
The Writings of Gustav Freytag 80
On the Killing of the Chimæra 395
The Eruptive Force of Modern Fana-
EBRINGTON, Viscount, M.P.. Parliamentary Procedure
FLORIS, Chas. L.
Comfort and Safety in London
System in relation to the Church 685
Extension of the Episcopate. 799
A Reply to Lord Randolph Churchill 441
Latest Phase of French Socialism 355
The Trade Malaise and its Causes 637
NORTHCOTE, Sir H. Stafford,
Donatello's Work at Florence
139, 289, 429, 582, 722, 871
133, 281, 422, 575, 716, 866
No. 55.-SEPTEMBER, 1887.
MR. GLADSTONE'S CONCESSIONS.
THERE can be no doubt that Mr. Gladstone's so-called concessions have operated to the advantage of his party in recent bye-elections; and candidates fighting under his standard have made especial use of what he is supposed to have conceded with regard to the retention of Irish members at Westminster. Sir George Trevelyan presents the most striking illustration of the effect produced by these concessions. So completely have they captivated him, that he has lost all patience with other Liberal Unionists who refuse to join him in his renewal of allegiance to Mr. Gladstone, and heaps reproaches on his former associates. They must (he says) be Tory Unionists, and only poor Tory Unionists into the bargain; traitors to the sacred cause of Liberalism, and contumacious rebels against the divine right of the Liberal party to rule the country. Moreover, they are wilfully ignoring or misrepresenting Mr. Gladstone's explicit declarations. That a statesman “with such a past” as the late Prime Minister should have been rebuffed when holding out the hand of friendship to effect a reunion of the Liberal party, fills Sir George with humiliation and indignation. And he is amazed that any Liberal Unionist leader should hesitate to enter into conference with a politician so simple and straightforward, so plain-spoken and invariably lucid in his meaning as Mr. Gladstone. A few reflections, therefore, on the real extent and value of these concessions, which have entranced Sir George, may be offered by a Liberal Unionist, to whom even the disruption of the Liberal Party appears to be a light calamity, when weighed in the balance with the disruption of the United Kingdom.
There were four main points in Mr. Gladstone's Irish policy of last year, about which division arose in the Liberal ranks. They were (i.) the employment of British credit for buying out Irish landlords, and the consequent liabilities imposed on British taxVOL. X.