26 NOVEMBER 1887, Page 2

Sir George Trevelyan's speech at Paisley on Thursday was not

remarkable, though it was somewhat bitter. He maintained that, a year and a half ago, all the Liberal Unionists were in favour of some kind of separate Legislature for Ireland,—and this we absolutely deny. It may be fairly asserted that the Parliamentary leaders,—Lord Hartington and Mr. Chamberlain, — reluctantly conceded this ; but the Liberal Unionists in the country,—we believe that this journal fairly represented them, — always deprecated that concession. Sir George Trevelyan says that all good Irishmen would be pleased to see crime punished. If that be true, what proportion is there of good Irishmen ? The difficulty of the situation consists in this, that the greater number of Irishmen do not wish to see agrarian crime punished.