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AMENDMENT TO THE ADDRESS.

COUNTRY THREATENED >VrTH

CIVIL WAR

PREMIER URGED TO PAUSE

MR ASQUITH'S REPLY

(Received February !11, 11-35 a.m.) LONDON, February 10.' The Hoa. W. H. Long, in moving .an amendment to the Address-in-lleply, declared that the United Kingdom was, for the first time for centuries, threatened, with civil war. One' hundred thousand Ulstermen were determined, at the cost of their lives, ti) resist the H'dxne Rule" Bill, and bloodshed had been avoided only by Sir Edward Carson's -resolute and bravo leadership. He asked whether tho {"Government was sure the struggle jjwould be confined to Ireland? The fact of the G-overnment not daring to interfere in South Africa at the present moment showed how idle was the Imperial Parliament's boasted supremacy. He. urged the Premier to pause and, consult the electorates It would be a crime of the first magnitude to shoot ■down.-the people of-Ulster. ■ Mr Asquith replied $hat it was known prior to the 1910 election that 1 the Parliament Act would be used to <*arry the Bill. The question could be settled better by agreement than by a dissolution. Referring to conversations with Mr Bonar Law, he said he did not despair of the possibility of settlement and would use ho last word regarding the matter.

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AMENDMENT TO THE ADDRESS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8791, 11 February 1914

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AMENDMENT TO THE ADDRESS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8791, 11 February 1914

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