The debate on Mr. Parnell's amendment to the Address was
concluded yesterday week, after a hot party fight, which Mr. Sexton began by pounding away at Mr. Chamberlain with less than his usual effect. His speech was more like a succession of dull thuds than his usual rapier-like thrusts. It does not take a great deal of wit to speak of an opponent as a man "who has the position without the intellect of a statesman," and this was the style of Mr. Sexton's laborious invective of yesterday week. He was happier in replying to Colonel Saunderson, of whose "humorous speech" he said that "the Member for North Armagh was one of those who would fiddle while Rome was burning, and if he had lived in Nero's time would have played second-fiddle to Nero." Mr. Shaw-Lefevre expressed his belief, shared, we observe, by Mr. Picton and a great many other Radicals, that, apart from the Land-purchase Bill, the Home- rule Bill would have been approved at the General Election. That is very far from the impression of those who were the most earnest and industrious of the agitators against Mr. Gladstone's Bills. They found the Land-purchase Bill unpopular indeed, but the Home-rule Bill far more unpopular, as involving a far greater and more serious new departure in Constitutional history. Mr. Shaw-Lofevre was in sympathy with Mr. Chamberlain on one point only,—the revision of judicial rents at shorter periods than the Land Act allowed. Mr. O'Doherty, who spoke from a large experience of the Ulster land question, was also strongly dis- posed to develop the right which the Courts now have to stay evictions in case of hardship under judicial rents.