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A FORMIDABLE CRISIS. \ ' ■' "FULL SPEED AHEAD" MEANS' DESTRUCTION. (Per Press Association—Copyright.) LONDON, February 18. As a stout supporter of the Irish j cause for 47 years, Mr-Frederic Harrison, in an open letter to Mr Asquith, described the Irish i situation as the most formidable crisis that ever has* beset a Ministry in living memory. "We are," he says, "face to face with a struggle as bloody and obstinate as the Boer war. Its gravity lies' in the fact that for the first time in modern history violent but disciplined, premeditated defiance of; statute has been supported by the whole weight of the parliamentary Opposition. That fact separates the Ulster. Covenant from any other insurrection within memory.' The-; Covenant is a kind- of religious fanaticism. It is a.s hopeless to reason with and as stubborn to crush as were' the English ironsides, the Scotch Covenanters,. or the Ayrshire Cameronians. If we go full speed ahead we go to destruction." Mr Harrison states that he suggested 'that Mr 4 Asquith in the. autunih should add a clause to the Home Rule Bill constituting thg members elected for Ulster an independent committee to govern the province for an agreed period. A general election with its I varied programme would not solve the question, but a referendum of the entire constituencies of the Kingdom would settle both the suffrage and Irish questions.

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HOME RULE., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8798, 19 February 1914

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HOME RULE. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8798, 19 February 1914

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