British politicians playing cricket: Parnell, batting with a bat marked "treason" is bowled by The times newspaper

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British politicians playing cricket: Parnell, batting with a bat marked "treason" is bowled by The times newspaper. Lithograph by Tom Merry, 14 May 1887. Referring to this matter: "Early in 1887 the 'Times' newspaper charged Mr Parnell and his chief followers with conniving at the Phoenix Park and other outrages which had taken place in Ireland between 1880 and 1885; the House of Commons rejected a proposal to examine the charges as infringements of parliamentary privilege; and Mr Parnell declined the offer of the government to bring in his behalf a libel action against the newspaper. Carnarvon thereupon urged, in a letter to the 'Times' (9 May 1887), that a special commission should be appointed by parliament to determine the truth or falsehood of the accusations." (Dictionary of national biography, sv Herbert, Henry Howard, 4th Earl of Carnarvon) Lord Randolph Churchill, fielding at midwicket, appeals as the batsman is clean bowled by The times newspaper. Gladstone, as the umpire, gives him not out. The batsman at the non-striker's end (John Dillon?) is marked "Tyranny". Created 14 May 1887. Charles Stewart Parnell (1846–1891). Randolph Henry Spencer Churchill, Lord (1849–1895). W E Gladstone (1809–1898). John Dillon (1851–1927). Contributors: Tom Merry (1852–1902). Work ID: tcyuphrr.

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