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/Ex. 43]       PARNELL IN THE WITNESS-BOX              2i>7
him too discursive. His long explanations give the effect of evasiveness; but I suppose he wants to put them on record. He evidently makes a very good impression on Mr. Justice Hannen, and they are continually beaming on one another. " If you are fatigued, Mr. Parnell, pray be seated," says Mr. Justice Hannen. "I thank your lordship, not at all," says Parnell. All the same, he looks ghastly ill and very nervous. The Attorney-General loses his temper. It is "Attend to me, sir," " Answer my questions, sir," the whole time, while Parnell bows, with a grave courtesy which never seems to desert him. Sometimes they are all talking at once, while Parnell calmly proceeds with his line of argument. He scores off the Attorney-General all round, which makos it a trifle ridiculous when he is continually admonished to-"Bring your mind to bear on thin question, sir." The only admission got oxit of him yet is that, when in 1881 he said that " secret societies had ceased to exist in Ireland," he intended to mislead the House of Commons, Very shocking, of course; but I should like to see the Unionists cross-examined on oath as to their intentions, when they say that the power of the agitator is at an end in Ireland, and things of that description. Moreover, when one remembers the tremendous accusations brought against Mr. Parnell, a single instance of an attempt to mislead the House of Commons doesn't seem much to have proved I'
Mr. Cunynghamo was one day examining a large box full of letters written to Parnell. Parnell entered the room at the Law Courts while the Secretary was engaged in this work, 'Havo you found anything incriminatory ?' ho asked. * Well/ answered Mr. Cunynghame, * the only letter I have found up to the
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