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FIGHT FOR HOME RULE '
BEGUN IN PARLIAMENT
London, April 11. Amid up
roarious scenes, and before
crowded galleries, a fight fol
Home Rule for Ireland, was be
gun in Parliament today tht
third in the last twenty-five years.
Premier Asquith himself intro
duced the bill, and made a
lengthy speech, saying that such
a bill was necessary for the prog
ress and development of Ireland.
Wild shouts greeted when he
denied the charge of Bonar Law,
the Conservative leader, that the
government had sold its birth
right to Ireland, for the Irish
Bonar Law jumped to his feet
and facing Asquith, repeated the
charge, speaking at the top of his
From the Irish Natipnalist
benches there came jeers of de
rision and cries of:
"Muzzle him ! Muzzle him !"
When the excitement had died
down, Asquith finished his speech
without further interruption.
Sir Edward Carson, the Ulster
Unionist leader, then bitterly at
tacked the bill. He said it was
"ridiculous, fanastic and impos
sible to administrate."
"The measure is a direct insult
to Ulster," he said.
Carson was followed by John
Redmond, the Nationalist leader:
"I thank God I have lived to see
this day," he said. "I believe the
bill will pass, and that the work
of Ireland under its provisions
will justify it, and that the suspi
cion of Ireland's disloyalty to
England will be removed forever.
"We Nationalists of today are
not separatists like the followers
of Parnell. We are ready and
willing to accept an Irish parlia
ment, subordinate to the British
lawmaking body, which may pro
vide' proper safeguards for Irish
legislation. The bill presented by
Premier Asquith is excellent."
The fight for and against the
bill'is likely to be long and bitter.
The Unionists will fight it at
every step, and. there is some
question as to the attitude of
some of the labor members, who
in most questions line up with .
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