4 FEBRUARY 1888, Page 1

• In his evening speech, Mr. Morley repudiated Mr. Davitt's

Socialist views, and anticipated that, an Irish Parliament once established, and the Irish peasantry once made freeholders, property would be as safe in Ireland as in France. Possibly ; but how are the peasantry to be made freeholders by an Irish Parliament except on terms satisfactory to the Irish con- stituencies, and what does that mean except that Great Britain is to be party to an act of colossal plunder before the peasantry can be made Conservative and disposed to chase Michael Davitt out of Ireland? Mr. Morley made light of the practical difficulty of drawing up any successful Home-rule scheme, assuming that, when the time came, both the English Gladstonians and the Irish Parnellites would be in the mood for moderation. We never knew the Parnellite Party in a mood for moderation yet ; but even if they were in a mood for moderation, they would soon be reminded by their Irish constituents that if their promises were not performed, Ireland would treat them with scant respect, as, indeed, would their paymasters, the Irish-A.mericans,