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that Mr. Gladstone would go if Pamell remained. ' Be quite sure/ Mr. Morley himself said to me, ' that Mr. Gladstone will retire if Parnell does not. Let your friends understand that.' It was this threat that brought the majority of the Irish members to their knees. But let it be said in all truth that in going on their knees they believed they were doing the best for Ireland. To break with Mr. Gladstone, to break with the Liberals, to break with the English democracy, seemed to them sheer madness; therefore they also joined in the cry, ' To the Lions.'
The Parnellites may be divided into three classes.
1. There were those who supported Parnell purely on personal grounds—men who for twelve years had fought by his side, had suffered and conquered under his command. The recollections of past struggles rushed upon their minds, they thought of the trials and persecutions he had endured, of the defeats and insults he had borne, of the victories he had achieved. They remembered how all England had conspired against him, and how he had triumphed over all England. They felt bound to him by ties of affection, and of comradeship. Were they to abandon him in an hour of trouble at the bidding of another man ? ' I will go into the desert again with Parnell' one of these Parnellite stalwarts said to me. ' Was it not he who brought us out of the desert, who brought us within sight of the Promised Land ? '
Another of them, Mr. William Eedmond, wrote to the Chief saying that, come what might, he would remain faithful to the leader of his race.
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