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The Parnell Plebiscite.

As to the pljbiscite taken iu Edinburgh regarding the proposal of the Town Council to confer the freedom of that city on Mr Parnell, important details were not disclosed by Tory contemporaries, who stated that 17.808 of the citizens disapproved the proposed compliment to the Irish leader, and that only 3,197 approved it. But the hostile party sent out post cards to 42.971 electors. The post office succeeded in delivering 41,257 cards. The missives bore the inquiry—" Do you wish Mr Parnell to receive the honor of the freedom af the City of Edinburgh ?" The desired answer " No " came in 17,808 cases out of 41,257, leaving a substantial remainder of 23,449, of whom the majority apparently observed an understanding of the Liberals that they should not recognise the plebiscite. But granting to the vote of 17,50S citizens all the weight to which it is entitled, what political conclusions can possibly be derived from it when a man like Sir William Muir says he had not taken part in the plebiscite with any hostility to Mr Parnell? His objection was to the Town Council departing from what he considered their proper functions as a municipal authority, and importing a matter of political controversy into their proceedings. Before the Unionists would be entitled to draw any conclusions as to their strength from this plebiscite, another plebiscite would be necessary to determine how many voted from Principal Muir's motive and how many also from the feeling, which we ourselves share, that the public honors which are to compensate Mr Parnell for the calumny he has endured will be more agreeable to himself and more appropriately rendered at the conclusion of the Special Commission,—- * Daily News.'

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The Parnell Plebiscite., Issue 7946, 29 June 1889, Supplement

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The Parnell Plebiscite. Issue 7946, 29 June 1889, Supplement

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