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190               CHARLES STEWART PAENELL        [1887-88
Englishmen preferred the retention of the Irish members, he would have given way on that point. Mr. Gladstone insisted on a ' subordinate' Irish Parliament. Parnell said : ' So be it.'
Mr. Gladstone declared that the ' supremacy' of . the Imperial Parliament should be acknowledged and upheld. Parnell said : ' Agreed/ And while making these concessions he never ceased to impress on his followers the necessity of keeping the peace in Ireland.
I cannot give a better illustration of the difference between Mr. Gladstone and Parnell at this period than by showing how each dealt with the Plan of Campaign. Parnell was opposed to the cplan.? But it had been sprung upon him, and for a time he felt some difficulty in condemning it outright, though he always took care to disclaim all responsibility for its initiation and adoption. Finally he did condemn it in a speech at the Eighty Club on May 8, 1888. He was the guest of the evening, and I doubt if he ever addressed a more sympathetic and even enthusiastic audience. The young men who gathered around him that night would, I think, have cheered almost anything he said.
They were prepared for an advanced policy and an extreme speech. There was not a branch of the National League which would have more readily declared for the Plan of Campaign than the rising young Liberals of the Eighty Club.
"When Parnell rose he was received with a burst of cheering which would certainly have gone straight to the heart of a ' mere Celt.' But he was impassive, frigid, "unmoved. Having dealt with the Carnarvon incident, und by so doing won the plaudits of the company, he turned to the Plan of Campaign. This part of the speech acted as a cold douche on the assembly. Iial partner-