15 MAY 1886, Page 2

The rumours of Mr. Gladstone's readiness to yield to Mr.

Chamberlain can have very little foundation. It is said that Mr. Chamberlain intends by his proposal to retain the Irish Members, to retain also the nomination of the Executive Government of Ireland; and this, of course, if true, as Mr. Campbell-Bannerman evidently believes, is fatal to the Bill. Mr. Chamberlain, moreover, has now stated in writing, in a letter to an American, published in the Tines of Friday, that he shall contend for the separation of Ulster. He distinctly approves the seces- sion of West Virginia from Virginia, and declares that he shall struggle for the right of Ulster either to autonomy, or to remain an integral portion of Great Britain. As without Ulster Ireland has no pretence to be a nation, that amendment would be fatal to the Bill ; but the Ulstermen have accepted it, and with the Tory vote, the Hartington vote, the Chamberlain vote, and the Protestant vote, which will develop itself, they could carry it. If Ulster remained part of Britain, we should have a " material guaran'ee " for the obedience of Ireland of the strongest kind ; but the fiscal arrangements would break down, and civil war could hardly be averted. The reconciliation of the Cabinbt with Mr. Chamberlain is, therefore, not to be feared.