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JHJ                  CHARLES  STEWART   PAItN V.I A*              [1881
tenant should 1m the owner of his holding that after this declaration had been agreed to hy a million of onr own countrymen in Kngland, America, and Australia -after having, with unexampled success, proceeded forward on these lines for live years, we should quietly turn round, retrace our steps to the starting-post, and commence anew a movement which should be wanting in every element and prospect of success. , , . I have neither advanced nor receded from the position which I* took up in 1H7U. It was a position which I thought you would be able to carry, and which in all probability you will be able to carry. . . . I said in New York, in 1879, when 1. landed there, what I say to you to-night —that you must either pay for the land or fight for it. ... Constitutional agitation and organisation ean <lo a great deal to whittle down the price that the, landlord asks for his land, but it must be paid unless you adopt the other alternative which I nay nothing about, \Ve are told of some great wave of Knglish democracy which is coming over here to poor Ireland to aHsist the. Irish democracy. The poor Irish democracy will have, I fear, to ivly upon themselves in the future as they have had to do up to the present moment. The land question of Ireland must he settled by the Irish people at home/
This speech disposed of the question of Land Nationalisation. Davitt still held his own views, but he despaired of gaining any adherents in Ireland, and soon afterwards went on a tour to Kgypt,
Towards the end of IHH4 there was much discussion in Nationalist circles about the * inactivity ' of ParnelL 1 Do you think/ a Nationalist naid to me in December, 1 that Parnell is tired of the whole business and that he means to chuck it up? ' I ventured to remind mytforms by a million voices that the