21 NOVEMBER 1891, Page 18

Mr. Dillon and Mr. O'Brien, who spoke at Drogheda last

Saturday, are very anxious for a policy of conciliation towards the Parnellites, but they are not themselves very happy in their effort to set the example of conciliation. For instance, Mr. O'Brien said that the issue was now "between Home-rule and Bedlam,"—" Bedlam " being the new nickname for the Parnellites, the party of Mr. John Redmond. Again, Mr. O'Brien said, truly enough, that every test that could be applied showed that Parnellism had no popular support. Apply the test of the Cork election, the test of the Irish news- papers, the test of pounds, shillings, and pence,—in short, any test " except the test of rowdyism,"—and the result would be the same. No doubt; but it is odd to exhort to conciliation and an amnesty to opponents, in the same breath in which you describe your opponents as madmen and rowdies. If that is conciliatory, what is it which Mr. O'Brien considers to. be vindictive F