LONDON, February 19
Mr Balfour \said that a Bill which professed to complete the healing process in Ireland had torn ancient wounds open. Ireland now was in two opposite camps', divided by differences more irreconcilable than ever. The situation was a hopeless entanglement, and. ,an; inextricable y mess. The Government; admitted that modification j was neces-. sary,, but the modifications were unknown, possibly/.Unknowable. He did not believe that the Government would willingly throv\,; itself into armed collision with Ulster. 'He warned Ministers that while their plans still were malleable not to commit the most fata] mistake of a half-measure, Home Rule within Home Rule. The fixed desire of Ulster was not to paralyse a Parliament in Dublin, but to be in the British Parliament on equal terms.
" Ac we are now in the rapids," continued Mr Balfour, "even to the dullest ear the mutterings of the distant cataract are audible. Unless the Government will make a clean ' cut they will find themselves in a remorseless current, and the .ship of State will be dashed to irremediable'disaster."
Sir Edward Carson said: "We are prepared to sacrifice everything rather than submit to a hateful rule. Nothing under heaven will divert; us from our fixed determination to remain with you." '■ ; .-■' ' I
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DISASTER AHEAD., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8799, 20 February 1914
DISASTER AHEAD. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8799, 20 February 1914
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