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Title: Life and times of William E. Gladstone : an account of his ancestry and boyhood, his career at Eton and Oxford, his entrance into public life, his rise to leadership and fame, his genius as statesman and author, and his influence on the progress of the nineteenth century
Authors: Ridpath, John Clark, 1840-1900
Publisher: Springfield, O. : J.W. Jones
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between Great Britain and Ireland. Hethought the agrarian crimes in the latter country to be no more than asymptom of a deep-seated evil, and a coercive legislation was at best nomore than repressive, and not curative. If like conditions had existed inEngland and Scotland like consequences would have followed. The timehad now come when, if coercion should be still employed as a remedy, itmust be of a different kind. It must be downright coercion, enforced withresolute purpose and with the sword. The people of Great Britain wouldnot resort to such coercion until they had exhausted every other expedient. The speaker went on to show by statistics that all crimes, includ-ing agrarian crimes, in Ireland had fallen off under natural causes duringthe last sixty years to a remarkable degree. This betterment had notbeen effected, therefore, by the exceptional coercive legislation. This heproved by the facts; for at those times when coercion had been adopted the FIRST BATTLE FOR iluME RULE. 589
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