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horrible, but was it worse than all that had been going on for the past ten years-—outrages, murders, boycotting, the Plan of Campaign, New Tipperary, and everything that was criminal and idiotic?—and yet those Liberals surrendered to this kind of thing, practically condoned the whole business, and were coming in shoals to Ireland, encouraging every madcap in the country in every immoral and insane plan he could think of—and then suddenly they get a fit of virtue over this divorce affair. These English are the most extraordinary people in the world. You novor can make out what is virtue or what is not virtue with them, except mainly that virtue is always on their side., whatever their side is. Well, the divorce case was nothing to me. It was for the Grand Young Man to got out of his scrape as well as he could. I was not going to trouble my head about him. But when the Grand Old Man interfered, that gave a new aspect to tho affair. It then became a question of submitting to tho dictation of an Englishman, and for the first timci I resolved to support Parnoll.'
On tho morning of November 26 I read Mr. Gladstone's letter in the * Standard.1 I felt at once that it would cause a split in the ranks of the Parliamentarians, and I hastened to tho Irish Press Agency to hoar tho worst. There 1 soon learned that my anticipations were only too well founded, I met a prominent member of the parliamentary party, who was sorely distressed at tho new development. I said : ' Will this lottor of Mr, Gladstone's make any difference to your people?' Ho answered, with a melancholy smile, 'I should think it will/
I Raid: * Do you moan that you will give up Farnoll because Mr. Gladstone has written this letter? * of