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Sketches in

The House .

The Story of a Memorable Session.

By

T.P. O'CONNOR, M.P.

WARD, LOCK & BOWDEN, Limited. London: Warwick House, Salisbury Square, E.C. New York and Melbourne. 1893.

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NOTE.

The Sketches contained in the following pages originally appeared in the WEEKLY SUN , under the title, "At the Bar of the House." Owing to the reiterated requests of many readers they are now republished in their present form.

CONTENTS.

CHAPTER I. PAGE OPENING OF A HISTORIC SESSION 9

CHAPTER II. THE HOME RULE BILL 31

CHAPTER III. A SOBER AND SUBDUED OPPOSITION 40

CHAPTER IV. THE PERSONAL ELEMENT 49

CHAPTER V. OBSTRUCTION AND ITS AGENTS 67

CHAPTER VI. GLADSTONE AND THE SURVIVAL 82

CHAPTER VII. A FORTNIGHT OF QUIET WORK 96

CHAPTER VIII. THE CALM BEFORE THE STORM 111

CHAPTER IX. THE END OF A GREAT WEEK 131

CHAPTER X. THE BUDGET, OBSTRUCTION, AND EGYPT 146

CHAPTER XI. THE BILL IN COMMITTEE 164

CHAPTER XII. RENEWAL OF THE FIGHT 178

CHAPTER XIII. THE SEXTON INCIDENT 198

CHAPTER XIV. THE BURSTING OF THE STORM 207

CHAPTER XV. MR. DILLON'S FORGETFULNESS 219

CHAPTER XVI. REDUCED MAJORITIES 229

CHAPTER XVII. THE FIGHT IN THE HOUSE 242

CHAPTER XVIII. IRELAND'S CHARTER THROUGH 254

CHAPTER XIX. HOME RULE IN THE LORDS 269

CHAPTER I.

OPENING OF A HISTORIC SESSION.

[Sidenote: Memories.]

There is always something that depresses, as well as something that exhilarates, in the first day of a Session of Parliament. In the months which have elapsed, there have been plenty of events to emphasize the mutability and the everlasting tragedy of human life. Some men have died; figures that seemed almost the immortal portion of the life of Parliament have disappeared into night, and their place knows them no more; others have met the fate, more sinister and melancholy, of changing a life of dignity and honour for one of ignominy and shame.

[Sidenote: The irony of the seats.]

But no such thought disturbed the cheerful souls of some of the Irish Members; in the worst of times there is something exuberant in the Celt that rises superior to circumstance. This was to be an Irish Session; and the great fight of Ireland's future government was to be fought perhaps finally. But there was another circumstance which distinguished this Session from its predecessors. The question of seats is always a burning one in the House of Commons. In an assembly in which there is only sitting accommodation for two out of every three members, there are bound to be some awkward questions when feeling runs high and debates are interesting. But at the beginning of this Session, things had got to a worse pass than ever. The Irish Party resolved to remain on the Opposition side of the House, true to their principle, that until Ireland receives Home Rule, they are in opposition to all and every form of Government from Westminster... Continue reading book >>




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