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Mr. Disraeli'e triumphant delight that the Government had not succeeded

in pacifying Ireland we have described elsewhere. "On the recommendation of Mr. Gladstone," said Mr. Disraeli, amidst great cheering, "we have legalized confiscation, we have conse- crated sacrilege, we have condoned high treason, we have de- stroyed-Churches, we have shaken property to its foundation, and we have emptied gaols ; and now he cannot govern a county, and must come to a Parliamentary Committee." Mr. Gladstone had found, as he supposed, "the philosopher's stone" in relation to Irish affairs, and no time and labour had been grudged him, and no offence taken at the most startling measures, and now "the right honourable gentleman, after all his heroic exploits and at the head of his great majority, is making government ridiculous." Mr. Hardy was almost as bitter, but there was a curious differ- ence between his and his leader's tone. Mr. Hardy was thinking chiefly of Ireland, and really anxious to do everything in his power to put down the terrorism exercised there. Mr. Disraeli was thinking of the Treasury Bench, and doing everything in his power to put down the Prime Minister.