20 FEBRUARY 1886, Page 1

Lord Salisbury on Wednesday, at a banquet given in London

to the Conservative Members for Hertfordshire, delivered a long and powerful speech on Ireland. He nailed the Con- servative colours to the mast in defence of the Union and of the restoration of order in Ireland. All guarantees against the operation of Home-rule, if once granted, seemed to him paper barricades against a foe. He declared that a Parliament in Dublin would possess the power of the purse, and would make an independent nation which, besides being hostile to Great Britain, would dishonour her by enslaving that cultivated minority which for so many centuries she had bound herself to protect. The dispute "is no fight of classes. It is no war of con- tending sects. It is a test whether the fibre, the manliness of England, is what it was formerly believed to be." Mr. Gladstone, he thought, as an old Parliamentary hand, would not grant full Home-rule, but would grant Home-rule surrounded by "securi- ties" not one of which would work. The speech definitely pledged the party to resist Home-rule at any hazard, and if the country could forget 1867, would be final as to their intention. But then, the country cannot forget that surrender.