4 APRIL 1914, Page 1


THE crisis is by no means over. It is true, no doubt, that a better tone and a better temper have prevailed during the past week, but it would be moat unwise, because of these somewhat happier symptoms, for those who desire peace to relax their efforts. There are still men on both sides who not only say that there are worse things than bloodshed, and that it would be better "to have it out at once," but who are pre- pared to act on these views. People oonsole themselves by thinking that there is a very large body of moderate Liberals who are determined not to give way to mad courses, and to force the Bill as it stands through at all costa. But these moderate Liberals will find, we fear, that the Govern- ment's compact with the Irish is an obstacle which it will require all their courage to overcome. It cannot be overcome unless they are prepared to let it be known that, in the last resort, they will not respond to the party whip if that whip is used to compel their endorsement in blood of an agreement which the bulk of the party never sanctioned and never even beard of. But, unfortunately, among good party men "the worst thing in the world," the thing which they are taught to regard as wicked above all other things, is disobedience to the party whip.