only when demanded at the sword's point.”
And a century later, only last year, Gladstone
himself proclaimed in a public address in Scotland
never concedes anything to Ireland
except when moved to do so by fear.”
When we remember these admissions, we ought to clap our hands at every fresh Irish
“outrage,” as a parrot-press styles it, aware that it is only a far-off echo of the musket-shots that rattled against the Old State House
on the 5th of March, 1770, and of the warwhoop that made the tiny spire of the Old South tremble when Boston
rioters emptied the three India
tea-ships into the sea,--welcome evidence of living force and rare intelligence in the victim, and a sign that the day of deliverance draws each hour nearer.
Cease ringing endless changes of eulogy on the men who made North's Boston port-bill a failure, while every leading journal sends daily over the water wishes for the success of Gladstone
's copy of the bill for Ireland
If all rightful government rests on consent,--if, as the French
say, you “can do almost anything with a bayonet except sit on it,” --be at least consistent, and denounce the man who covers Ireland
with regiments to hold up a despotism which, within twenty months, he has confessed rests wholly upon fear.
Then note the scorn and disgust with which we gather up our garments about us and disown the Sam Adams
and William Prescott
, the George Washington
and John Brown
, of St. Petersburg
, the spiritual descendants, the living representatives of those who make our history worth anything in the worlds annals,--the Nihilists.
Nihilism is the righteous and honorable resistance of a people crushed under an iron rule.
Nihilism is evidence of life.
When “order reigns in Warsaw
,” it is