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1 do not wish to prens this point of health unduly. 1 desire only to remind my renders that it wan a factor in the case. But the dominating factor wan, I believe, public policy.
While Parnell was m prison every turbulent Bpirit in the country had been lot loose. Tim accounts from the west filled him with alarm* Ireland was passing out of IUH hands, and into the hands of an irresponsible jacquerie His first thought wan to leave jail, to crush tlwjncquerie, and to stamp his own authority once more upon the people, lie made the Kilmainham treaty, the terms of which, as I have already said, were: (I) that an Arrears Hill should be introduced, (2) that he should slow down the agitation, The Kilmainham treaty might have been wise or unwise. Mr. ilealy, the shrewdest num. in Irish politics, thought it was wise.
But wiHt! or unwise, Parnoll, having made it, wan resolved to keep it. * We have always,* am* of the Liberal whips said to me, * found it difficult to pin Parnell to anything* Hut when he has made a promise we find that ho kot'pH hits word,1 Within a few days of his release the Phumix -Park murdern were committed. Thin outrage literally proMtrated him. Davilt'n dofierip* tion of lib appearance and conduct at the* WoHtminnter Palace Hotel on Bunday, May 7, IBHg, gtvcis emit tho idea of a man who had gone mad tinder a nhock. He walked frantically up and down tho room, Hung himself passionately on the Hofa, and petulantly cried out: * I will leave public lifo. I will not have the reHponmbility of leading this agitation when I may at any time be stabbed in tho back by immponBiblo xuetu* Ho had lost his habitual Dolf*cotitrol. He conipltitcly un* nerved.lties and in making peace. He was always smoothing over <difficulties, making peace, and holding us together:' the Home tittle Bill