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256                CHARLES STEWART PARNELL             [1890
the situation had undergone a material change since the previous day, and ought now to be reconsidered.
Mr. Sexton took the same view, suggesting that every member of the party should be asked his opinion on the question.
Colonel Nolan urged Parnell to stand to his guns and to tolerate the dictation of no English party leader.
Mr. Lane and Mr. Sheehy said that in the interest of the tenants on the Smith-Barry and Ponsonby estate Parnell ought to retire. Finally, it was agreed that the meeting should adjourn until Monday, December 1.
Parnell sat silently all the time, listening attentively but speaking not a word. Then he left the chair and the room.
What effect had Mr. Gladstone's manifesto on the American delegates? On Mr. T. D. Sullivan it had little effect. He had already taken his stand on moral grounds, and there he remained. On Mr. Harrington it had no effect. He had decided to support Parnell on political grounds, and he was not to be blown from his position by the breath of any Englishman. But Mr. Dillon, Mr. William O'Brien, and Mr. T. P. O'Connor determined on the instant to abandon the Irish Chief at the bidding of the Liberal leader. ' Of course we must obey' one of the delegates wired to another on the appearance of the Liberal ultimatum. Mr. Dillon, Mr. O'Brien, Mr. T. P. O'Connor ' obeyed/ Parnell suspected that Mr. Gladstone's letter would produce the same effect on the American delegates as it had produced on his other parliamentary colleagues, and accordingly he cabled to Mr. Dillon and to Mr. O'Brien urging them to take no steps until they had read a manifesto, which he would issue immediately.ll" say of you when you have done thisive up Farnoll because Mr. Gladstone has written this letter? *                            of