/Kr. 41] O'SIIEA v. PAHNELL 237
tho room I found him sitting on the lounge. " Mr. Parnoll, I think/' i said. " Yes," he said, with the air of quiet xmconcern which surprised me. Then, stretching out his hands, ho added : " I think you have got some papers for mo." I replied, "Yes,11 and put the papers in hi» hand. u There, Mr. Lewis," he said, flinging tho papers carelessly on the table. " Now," he said, turning to mo, " is there anything else ? " I said 11 No/' and withdrew, 1 was astonished at his coolness. Hero was an affair of tho greatest gravity, something to frighten any man—above all, a man in public life. But ho tosftcd tho papers on the table as if it were Homo trumpory buHincHH not worth his personal attention. Ilo wan polite and courteous, but when lie asked mo if thoro worn "anything else " the plain meaning of IUH words wan : 44 Now get out." '
Tho HOBsion of 1890 wan hopelessly dull People ware looking forward to tho General Election, and troubled thomHolvoH little about tho proceedings in the tlouHt) of COIUIUOUH. Public interest centred chiefly in Parnell. In tho first months of the year the report of the Special Commission attracted general attention. It was debuted iu Parliament, discussed in the country, talked about everywhere. Then interest in the subject flagged But Parnoll was still tho central figure in the public iniud. People had no sooner ceased to talk and think about tho Spocial Commission than they began to talk and think about the ' O'Shea divorce case/
In the autumn I mot an Irish member, who asked: 1 What do you think will bo tho upshot of the divorce caso ?' I ftaid : ' I do not know. What will you Irish member** do, suppose it turns out badly ?' He answered : * What will we do ? Why, of course stickthere was a majority of the citi/.etm againttt it.—4nni*aJ Regbtcr, 18H9, p. 101.to anil in mtr