4 NOVEMBER 1882, Page 3

A statement we made a week or two ago, that

after the murder of Lord Frederick Cavendish, the Government had to choose between a second Coercion Bill and a resort to military force, appears to have distressed his friends. From a feeling we cor- dially appreciate, they dislike to think that he was even the in„voluntary cause of repression in Ireland. He had, hoped that it might be avoided, and we should have been more exact, had we said that although the Bill was in preparation before his murder, that event destroyed the lingering hope of die- pausing with it.