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Plantagenet, and Tudor kings were arbitrary rulers, yet powerless to prevent innumerable acts of oppression, cruelty, and wrong, and had themselves small feeling for suffering. None but a highwayman would have stopped a coach in the last century, though it were likely to run over a woman or child. Now persons of high rank are ordered about by a policeman, and bidden to stop or go this way or that as he directs

. When a fire takes place, the neighbouring houses may be injured or destroyed, and their inmates turned into the street, to prevent the conflagration from spreading. Men are compelled to vaccinate their children, to send them to school, to serve on juries themselves, and try prisoners, at great inconvenience and loss; and they would be forced to bear arms as soldiers in defence of the country were it invaded. The notions of some politicians about liberty are partly survivals of muddy eighteenth century theories of natural rights, and partly results of thoughtlessness respecting the nature and objects of civil government, and the numerous restraints it imposes which they never think of disputing. It is not on behalf of landlords and agents alone that preventive measures against outrage are needed in Ireland, but also of thousands of peaceable, industrious, and thrifty tenants and their families. At a public meeting a few weeks ago Mr. Parnell's secretary spoke with theatrical and grotesque commiseration of the anxiety an assassin, who had shot a man a few days before, must have endured while lying in wait for his victim. Think of the anguish of mind he must have suffered during those hours!' Good citizens are likely to think more of the anguish of mind in the homes of honest men who are liable to be fired at through their windows at night, dragged out of bed, carded, cruelly beaten, mutilated, and finally perhaps murdered, for paying their debts, or farming land that had never been decently farmed before. Principles adverse to that of the general good, Bentham has contemptuously characterised as maxims of sympathy and antipathy. Punish as you hate ; if you hate not, punish not at all.” There are doubtless persons who, exasperated at the fiendish outrages committed in Ireland, are disposed to punish as they hate ; yet the politicians who oppose the coercive measures necessary to prevent their commission, because their own anger and antipathy are not aroused in the cause of Irish landlords, may be more cold blooded, but are not less irrational. Among the measures most urgently needed is a change in the Irish jury system. A country of which most of the inhabitants resembled Lord O'Hagan would have small need of any criminal jury system at all; but the noble lord overestimated the stage of advancement his own country had attained, and the Jury Act that goes by his name is an obstacle to its attainment.5

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5 A resident magistrate of great ability and long experience says on this subject : • No amelioration of affairs can be expected until crime is punished, and that cannot be as long as the present jury system exists. From the class from which petty jurors are taken emanate agrarian outrages, disaffection, and perjury. It is childish

Repression of agrarian crime is an indispensable step towards the solution of the Irish land question, but it is only a step. It will never be solved until so large a number of the Irish people are on the side of landed property that its rights are sacred in the eyes of the majority. Fixity of tenure, fair rents, and free sale,' would stop short of creating a multitude of families interested in the maintenance of landownership, and taking a pride and a pleasure in it. Acute logicians like Lord Sherbrooke will easily find objections to any plan of diffusing landownership by the intervention of the State. But logicians should remember Archbishop Whately's refutation of 'the fallacy of objections,' that is to say, of concluding that a system is untenable because some objections may be urged against it. The true question is whether there are not greater objections to its rejection. There may be risk in adopting it, but much greater danger in turning away from it for fear of them. The British Empire is surrounded with risks; so is every undertaking in life. There is risk in going out of one's house; but the slothful man who says, there is a lion without,' is more likely to perish by bringing the wolf to his door.

T. E. C. LESLIE.

to expect such a tribunal to punish the guilty. Nothing takes the heart out of all entrusted with the administration of the law so much as to see, assizes after assizes, juries retiring to "consider their verdict," and returning half an hour afterwards to affirm that in their belief the accused did not commit the offence with which he has been charged, though proved in the clearest manner.'

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INDEX

VOL. XXII. NEW SERIES.

AFFAIR SIMPSON' (The), by H. J. M.,
743

Artist (An) on Art, by Harry Quilter,
199

Artist (The): a Sonnet, 47
Asia Minor, A Forgotten Empire in, by
Professor A. H. Sayce, 223
Austrian Power (The), by Edward A.
Freeman, 29

Autumn in the Côte-d'Or (An), by Miss
M. Betham-Edwards, 357

BATHER'S IDEAL (A), by Ernest Myers,
276

Béranger: his Songs and Politics, by
Mrs. Eliza Clarke, 175

Blues and Buffs: a Sketch of a Con-
tested Election, by an M.P., I
Bugle, The, by J. D. Hoppus, 684
CABUL, Candahar, and India, by Sir
Sir George W. Cox, Bart., 408
Calladon, by Julian Hawthorne, 383
Capital, the Old Pacific, by Robert L.
Stevenson, 647

Celtic College, an Early, by Hugh Mac-
millan, D.D., 578

Characters, Overbury's, by James Pur-
ves, 376

Copyright, Landowning and, by Grant
Allen, 343

Côte-d'Or, An Autumn in the, by Miss
M. Betham-Edwards, 357
Creeds and Creed-Subscription, by A
Broad Churchman, 696

DAISY (One) and Two Violets, by Alex-
ander Anderson, 806

Dax, by R. Herbert Story, D.D., 541
Diamonds, Natural and Artificial, by
Agnes M. Clerke, 817

EARLY CELTIC COLLEGE (An), by Hugh
Macmillan, D.D., 578

Easy Methods, by T. E. Cliffe Leslie,
425

Economical Reform at Oxford, by an
Oxford Tutor, 548

Education and Boots, by 'The Riverside
Visitor,' 640

'Endymion,' 705

English Pauperism: its Wrong and
Remedy, by the Rev. W. Lewery
Blackley, 528

English Rural Walk (An), by T. E
Kebbel, 686

FIRST RADICAL, The Romance of the: a
Pre-historic Apologue, by A. Lang,
289

Forgotten Empire in Asia Minor (A), by
Professor A. H. Sayce, 223

Forgotten Hero (A), by Annie Walker,
775

Frances Ridley Havergal, by P. Anton,
479

GREEK HAMLET (A), 511

HAMLET (A Greek), 511
Havergal (Frances Ridley), by P. An-
ton, 479

Hero, A Forgotten, by Annie Walker,
775
Historical Love Match (An), by Alex.
C. Ewald, 462

Horses and their Feet, by Sir George
W. Cox, Bart., 784

Hospital Nursing, by H. C. Burdett,

J12

House of Lords (The) and Popular Edu-
cation, by An Old Educationalist, 261
INDIA, The Natives of, by Lord North-
brook, 721

Inverawe and Ticonderoga, by the Very
Rev. the Dean of Westminster, 501
Irish Land Question (The), by T. E.
Cliffe Leslie, 828

JOB, The Book of: a Literary and Bio-
graphical Study, by Professor T. K.
Cheyne, 126

LAND QUESTION, The Irish, by T. E.
Cliffe Leslie, 828

Landowning and Copyright, by Grant
Allen, 343

Leaders (Political) and the Political
Future, 561
London, the Water Supply of, by F. R.
Conder, 185

Love Match, An Historical, by Alex. C.
Ewald, 462

Lux in Tenebris, by the late Lady Char-
lotte Elliot, 407

Lyric Poetry, Three Phases of, by Tho-
mas Bayne, 627

MARY ANERLEY: a Yorkshire Tale, by Political Parties, Parliamentary Diffi-
R. D. Blackmore:
culties and, 279

Chap. XLVI. Stumped out, 73

XLVII. A Tangle of Veins, 80
XLVIII. Short Sighs, and Long
Ones, 89

XLIX. A Bold Angler, 234

L. Princely Treatment, 239
LI. Stand and Deliver, 244
LII. The Scarfe, 250
LIII. Butts Rebutted, 255
LIV. True Love, 318

LV. Nicholas the Fish, 324
LVI. In the Thick of It, 331
LVII. Mary Lyth, 335
Methods (Easy), by T. E. Cliffe Leslie,

425

Migration of Popular Stories (The), by
Sir George W. Cox, Bart., 96
Ministry (The) and its Work, 135
Montaigne as an Educationalist, by Pro-
fessor S. S. Laurie, 60

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Popular Education, The House of Lords
and, by an Old Educationalist, 261
Popular Stories, The Migration of, by
Sir George W. Cox, Bart., 96
Power, The Austrian, by Edward A.
Freeman, 29

Prison Visiting, by F. M. F. Skene, 762
Problem (The) of Railway Safety, by
F. R. Conder, 798

RAILWAY SAFETY, The Problem of, by
F. R. Conder, 798

Rajah Yayati, The Penitence of, by
Frederika Macdonald, 816
Religious Poem (A) of the Ninth Cen-
tury, by Professor Gibb, 658
Results (The) of the Session, 417
Romance (The) of the First Radical: a
Prehistoric Apologue, by A. Lang,
289
Rumpty-Dudget, by Julian Hawthorne,
437
Rural Walk, An English, by T. E. Keb-
bel, 686

Russel of 'The Scotsman,' by H. G.
Graham, 301

Russia and China, by Demetrius Charles
Boulger, 164

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