4 APRIL 1914, Page 3

Lord Lansdowne protested strongly against the accusation that the Opposition

were open to the suspicion of tampering with the Army. It was to accuse them of being fools and traitors. He accepted Lord Morley's explanation without demur, but pointed out that his account differed materially from that of Colonel Seely and Mr. Churchill on two separate occasions. Lord Crewe dwelt on the mischief done by the newspapers, ridiculed the idea of a "plot," and maintainer that the discussions which preceded the movements of the troops were not provocative. On the other hand, it could not be denied that there was a widespread belief that the Opposi- tion had attempted to associate the Army in some way with the resistance of Ulster. He ended by observing that the Government would spare no effort to bring about a solution on the lines suggested by the Prime Minister, but if that offer was rendered fruitless by the Opposition, they had no intention of surrendering the Bill.