184 CHARLES STEWART PABKELL [1887-88
(naming my colleague) has let me in for. Parnell has abused me like a pickpocket, all on account of that
d------d scoundrel K. (the Liberal candidate). It is a
shame for [A.], and what harm, but we were at school together." '
Mr. Gladstone and Parnell now changed places. The ex-Minister became an agitator; the agitator a circumspect statesman. In England Mr. Gladstone fought the battle of Home Rule earnestly and bravely. He thought of nothing but Ireland, and allowed his followers to think of nothing but Ireland. His speeches were full of fire and energy. Had he been an Irishman they would have been called violent, perhaps lawless. He had, in truth, caught the spirit of Irish agitation. Had he been born under the shadow of the Galtee mountains his denunciations of English rule could not have been more racy of the soil.
Parnell, on the other hand, had become very moderate. It was clear that if the principle of an Irish Parliament and an Irish Executive were accepted, and if the subjects of land, education, and police were handed over to the Irish authorities, he would have been willing to consider every other question of detail in a conciliatory spirit.
/Parnell/ says Mr. Cecil Rhodes, 'was the most reasonable and sensible man I ever met;' and then the great colonist, whose extraordinary personality, whose remarkable power for commanding men, remind one so much of the Irish leader himself, told me the story of his relations with our hero. As this story bears upon tile question of ParnelTs moderation, and serves to sbow how ready he was to accept a policy of ' give and take/ provided his main purpose was not jeopardised, it may be inserted here: the whip* ' I thedrove away.ral Bpeechen*