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the mail packet. After some preliminary remarks, this gentleman plunged into politics and sharply criticised Parnell's hostile attitude to the British people. Parnell tried to shake off his tormentor, but in vain. On reaching Holyhead he quickly disembarked and shut himself in a first-class carriage, hoping to escape his troublesome companion. However, as the train was moving out of the station the door was pulled open and the Afrikander jumped in. For a while Parnell resigned himself to the situation with characteristic sang froid and patience. The Afrikander resumed his discourse, vigorously denouncing the Irish rebels.
Suddenly Parnell thrust his hand into his trousers pocket and took out several bits of ore. Stretching his open palm towards the stranger, he said: ' Look at
that.' ' By Jove, sir, iron pyrites, I'm d------d,' was
the response. The stranger was right; they were iron pyrites. Parnell guessed that the Afrikander knew something of mining operations, and resolved to make a diversion by showing him the iron pyrites picked up on Avondale. The movement was completely successful. The Afrikander dropped politics at once, and talked about mining until the Irish leader fell into a gentle slumber.
Lord Salisbury, Mr. Chamberlain, Mr. Gladstone, were now brought face to face with the Irish question.
Lord Salisbury's course was clear. The Irish were no longer of any use to him, and he accordingly threw them over. Parnell's relations with the Tories did not survive the General Election. What Lord Salisbury might have done could he have formed a Government with Parnell's help must remain a matter ofces, naturally antagonistic, but held together by tho attractive personality and iron will of a great com-* Tho mauifeHto appeared November 21.d, the end that anyd