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MR CHAMBERLAIN. Mr Chamberlain, in a lively speech at Birmingham on Tuesday night, alluded to the way in which the Gladstonians had found it necessary to enlarge their programme of n Z5 practical politics, and to talk of a new Reform Bill. He called attention to the one man, one vote cry, which they had lately placed before the country, and said that the Unionist Party need not look upon a Reform Bill with the slightest apprehension, but that if they did have one they would see that it was a real one-not merely to remedy the small anomaly of the plural voteâbut to remedy the extra- ordinary disproportion of representation which allows to Ireland for the same population, nearly double the number of members that are given to England. This is a subject which should be well pondered over by all thoughtful meD, If the Irish members were reduced to their proper proportion a great difficulty of the Irish question would disappear they would lose much of their importance, if instead of about 103 repre- sentatives, they numbered 60, and a re- arrangement of seats according to population ZD would give Ulster a greater share than they now enjoy, but which they are entitled to. The question of illiterates should also be taken up. It is an astonishing fact that at the 1885 election in South Donegal, us many illiterates polled as in the whole of Scotland, md a quarter of the whole number of Irish voters was returned as illiterate. The London corref pondent of the Western Mail gives an explanation which may account for it. He is informed that after sertice on the Sunday preceding an election, the priests have had a black board put up with a copy of the ballot paper written on it. People were then exercised in the art of voting for the candidate supported by the priests, If the voter did not succeed in making his cross correctly against the proper name at the first attempt, he was ordered to stand down and vote as illiterate. Mr Chamberlain amusinglyalluded thattheonly coercion required now in Ireland is in order to save Mr Parnell and Mr Healy from having their heads broken by their indiscreetpartisaus. Mr Balfour must smile when he thinks that it was only his 11 bloody minions prevented Mr Tim Healy from being tarred and feathered in the streets of Dublin, and an infuriated crowd from rushing and lynchinghim after the election at Kilkenny; when he remembers that it was only through them that Mr McCarthy and the anti-Parnellites were able to hold a meeting at all in Cork-for notwith- standing the black thorns of their friends, they got so alarmed at last that they applied for 0 0 police protection, and were only safe-guarded by a hundred policemen guarding on either side the way to the Hall. Mr Chamberlain ended by saying that he hoped that if the deliberate and persistent obstruction of late sessions were piactised again the Govern- ment would appeal to the constituencies, placing their programme before them and asking whether Ireland should eternally block the way. He appealed to all who cared for the Union to unite shoulder to shoulder, and to be deaf to faction. Give your votes, your voice Where honour bids, where reason guides your choice To one high thought let all your labour tend, And be your country's good your one great end."

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