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Full text of "The Life Of Charles Stewart Parnell - Ii"

TJ                   CHARLES  STEWART  1>AKNELL             [1883
condemn these acts, and summed up his long indictment by arraigning Ivlr. Parnell as the author of these offences. Though far from being an eloquent speaker or an agreeable one to listen to, Mr. Korstcr was in his way powerful, putting plenty of force and directness into his speeches. On this occasion he was more direct and telling than I ever remember him; and it was easy to see that personal dislike and resentment, long pent up, entered into the indictment. Someone compared it to the striking of a man over the face with repealed blows of a whip, so much fierce vehemence burnt through it all. Kveryone had listened with growing excitement and curiosity to see how Mr. .Parnell would take it and what defence he would make*.
* Next day   I'arnell  rose  to reply, amid breathless silence, perfectly cool  and quiet,    lie had shown no signs of emotion during the. long harangue, and showed none now.    To everyone's astonishment he made no defence at all.     With  a dry, careless, and almost contemptuous air, he. said that for all his words and acts in Ireland he held  himself responsible to his countrymen only, and did not the least care what was thought or said about him by Englishmen.
*  By the judgment of the.  Irish people only did he ami would he stand or fall.
* These  words,   pronounced   with   the  utmost   deliberation in his usual frigid voice, but with a certain suppressed   intensity   beneath   the   almost   negligent manner,   produced   a   profound   effect.      Most   were shocked  and   indignant.     Those who reflected   more deeply perceived  what a gulf  between  England   and .Ireland   wan  opened,   or  rather  revealed  as  existing already, by such words.    They  saw,  too,  that   as  a