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ft \.> THEj SENSATION OF THE WEEK. THE political sensation of the week has been an extraordinary divulgence of alleged con- fidential conversations between Mr. W. O'Brien and Mr. Lloyd George, and the intervention of Mr. John Redmond as a third party, at whom Mr. O'Brien, it is supposed, is really directing his shafts. Mr. O'Brien made the disclosures at a meeting of his supporters, in County Cork, and he read to them the copy of a letter which he gave them to understand had been sent to Mr. Lloyd George, setting forth the concessions which Mr. O'Brien demanded, and which the Chancellor of the Exchequer wis willing to grant if the consent of the Irish people were first obtained. Mr. O'Brien's point against Mr. Redmond was that he refused his assent on behalf of the Irish people that hi £ party represented, and therebysacritlced very material advantages for Ireland. It was all a matter of bargaining about Irish support for the Budget—or at least withdrawal of effective hostility. Mr. Lloyd George denied that the alleged letter had ever been received by him, or that a copy of it had ever been read to him, and the whole matter was a gross breach of confidential exchanges of views. Mr. O'Brien reiterated his original statement, whilst Mr. Redmond declared it to bo fabulous, and only intended to inflict injury upon him. The hon. member for Cork has obtained the Speaker's consent to bring the matter before the House of Commons on Monday night, when the Budget is to be introduced and a resolution for summary process moved. There will be some lively interchanges between these big guns," without doubt, but we think in the result it will be made clear that the brilliant imagination of the hon. member for Cork city has conceived statements of a nature that theJ[ChanceIlor would not deliberately commit himself to, or I that he has placed constructions upon statements which they did not bear. Mr. Lioyd George is too astute and experienced a Parliamentarian to give himself away to an opponent while amicably and confidentially trying to ascertain his views and to see how far they could be reconciled with his own.

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