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.-El. 40]                  GAL WAY ELECTION                           127
Parnell had concluded, all present, except Biggar, acquiesced readily in his decision. While the conference of the members was going on a vast crowd had collected in the streets impatiently awaiting the word which would rid Gal way of O'Shea. Then the news spread that everything had been settled—that O'Shea was to be member for G-alway. This was followed by the further intelligence that Parnell would address the people. A great meeting was gathered together. Parnell faced the sullen and dissatisfied crowd. He had, according to Mr. O'Connor, swept Mr. Healy off his feet with a single sentence. He conquered the multitude with two sentences. Stretching forth his left hand, he said : ' I have a Parliament for Ireland within the hollow of: my hand.' Then, bringing his right hand down cm his left, he added, ' destroy mo and you take away that Parliament/ ' It was an impressive sentence, a revelation,' says Mr. Ilealy. 'The people learned for the first time how near they were to victory. Mvory man in the crowd was awed, except Biggar.' The people, who up to that point bad shown an unwillingness to hear Parnell, now listened with bated breath. The Chief saw his advantage, and quickly followed it up. ' Beject Captain O'Shea, destroy me, and there will arise a shout from all the enemies of Ireland : " Parnell is beaten, Ireland lias no longer a leader." ' A thrill of emotion ran through the meeting. There was no cheering, no enthusiasm, but complete submission. Conic what might the enemy should not be given the opportunity to blaspheme. They would accept O'Hhea rather than it should be said they were disloyal to Parnell. That was the decision of the men of Galway. When all was nearly over, when the people were about to disperse, and as Parnell had risen to in n shorter timo than I now take to tell the Htory. Whenoin Mr, (*lml**tunr,* Nr\t <luy tht*