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4 He will soon set the English as mad as the Irish/ observed a bystander, as an enthusiastic cheer broke from the mob.
Throughout the years 1887,1888, and 1889 Parneli remained comparatively inactive, as he had remained throughout the years 1883, 1884, and part of 1885, and for the same reasons— public policy, health, and Mrs. O'Khea. His health seems to have been in a precarious state all the time, lie appeared to mo during the latter years to be lethargic and morbidly nervous.
One evening I sat with him in the Smoking-room of the House of Commons. * Thin place*/ he said, ' in killing me. There are draughts everywhere. There in a draught now under thin neat, I foul it on my legn. It in a badly constructed building/ One, used to nee him occasionally in the streets closely wrapped up in a long coat, with a muffler round his throat and his hat pulled tightly over his oyes.
1 Parneli liked to go about partly disguised/ «ay« a parliamentary colleague. *He did not like people to talk to him in the streets. He did not wish to bo recognised. One day 1 met him in the street so wrapped up, and wearing a long shabby coat, with his face half hidden in a big muffler, that I hardly know him. But his firm, stately bearing could not be mistaken. I kept out of his way, but watched him as he walked along, following him at a respectful distance. Ho would stop now and then, and look into the window of a gun shop, or of a shop where there were mechanical contrivances. Ho would also stand and look at any workmen who were about* He oame to a part of the Btrand where the was taken up, and a lot of
workmen were engaged. I should say ho stood there for from tha throng and led to a cai>