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JEx. 44] THE AMEIUCAN DELEGATES 241
mentary leader that the Irish ever had. His disappearance from that post would create dismay among the Nationalists.'
Mr. William O'Brien, ' Speaking as an individual, I will stand firmly by Parnell, and there is no reason why I should not.1
Mr. Dillon. * 1 can see nothing in what has occurred to alter the leadership of the Irish party in the House of Commons, A change would be a disaster.'
<Mr. O'Brien, Mr. Dillon, and I/says Mr. T. D. Sullivan, * having journeyed from Boston, arrived at Buffalo and put up at Hotel Irotjuois. Scarcely had we got inside the precincts when a number of importers wero upon us, pencil and paper in hand, to ascertain our views of the Parnoll crisis. None of us had any wish to bo interviewed on that painful subject, but it would have been unwise to meet those Press representatives with a blank refusal. In reply to their inquiries, Mr. Dillon and Mr. 0*Brien expressed themselves strongly in favour of a continuance of Mr. Parnell's leadership. The question was than put to me. My reply was that my colleagues had spoken for themselves, and for my part I preferred to say nothing on the subject at present. The pressmen then left. Shortly afterwards a message was brought to me that Messrs. Dillon and O'Brien wished to see me in' a sitting-room upstairs. Thither I wont, and saw before me those two gentlemen with very grave faces and evidently in much mental trouble. They soon informed me that by my conduct in not allowing their opinions to be taken as mine also I had in all likelihood clone a terrific injury to the Irish national cause. It is needless to say that the more eloquent gentleman of the two on this topic was Mr. O'Brien, The responsibility I had incurred, they said,
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