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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 Someone compared it to the striking of a man over the face with repealed blows of a whip, so much fierce vehemence burnt through it all.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