11 OCTOBER 1913, Page 12



SIR, —Radicals are constantly quoting the Union of South Africa as a precedent for and as being analogous to Home Rule for Ireland. Agreeing, for the sake of argument, with this thesis, and also assuming that Munster, Leinster, and Connaught are as desirous of forming part of the proposed United Ireland as were the Transvaal, Cape Colony, and Orange River Colony of forming part of the Union of South Africa, surely it would to only just (and the oft-quoted analogy would be more complete) if Ulster were allowed by a Referendum to decide, as Natal did, whether she also is desirous of coming under the new arrangement, or of remaining (as Natal had the option of remaining) under the form of government which she at present enjoys. Although I have assumed that Munster, Leinster, and Connaught are in favour of Home Rule, nevertheless, as there are so many uncontested con- stituencies there, it would be both interesting and instructive (if it were possible) to take the true opinion of these three

provinces, also by Referendum, in the present Home Rule