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176 CHARLES STEWART TARNELL [1887-88
Gladstone except yon. I would like to know what you think of him, now/' "I think," he answered frigidly, " of Mr. .Gladstone and the English people what I have always thought of them. They will do, what we can make them do."'
The Irish members were, as a rule, eager to go on Liberal platforms, and pleased with the social attentions showered upon them. All these things, they thought, were making for Home Eule. They had implicit faith in the Liberals, and cultivated the friendliest relations with their new allies. But Parnell stood apart. He disliked going on English platforms, and shunned English society. He believed only in his own strength. He did not object to let his followers use ' kid gloves.' His reliance was always on the 'mailed hand/ soft though the covering in which it might be encased. ' I do not object/ he said to me in later years, 'to an English alliance which we can control; I object to an English alliance which the English control.'
The Irish member whom Liberals most desired to see on English platforms was the one who most disliked to come—Parnell. A distinguished Liberal asked the Irish whip if Parnell would address a meeting of his constituents. The whip saw the Chief, who, after some persuasion, consented to attend. There was a great gathering. Pains were taken to give the Irish leader a worthy reception. He never came. The distinguished Liberal complained to the Irish whip of this treatment. The whip reported the matter to Parnell.
' Ah!' said the Chief, ' you ought to have sent me a telegram on the morning of the meeting. I forgot all about it. Let them call another meeting and I will attend.'ought tliis so ono evening I said to him :