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Mr. Morley's reply to Mr. Balfour was not in his

best style. It consisted chiefly in asserting that whatever improvement there is in the state of Ireland, is due either to the feeling that so large an English party is on the Irish side, and to the consequent disappearance of that vindictiveness which their old isolation had produced, or else to the amelioration caused by the Land Act of last Session. Yet he concluded by saying,—" Your policy has increased the turmoil in Ireland, and has deepened and widened popular resentment against the institutions and the system of government which it is your professed object to cherish and protect."