\ /Kt. 44] THE PAItNELLlTES 27$
of his ardent young follower, and there is, I think, a touch of tenderness in his reply:
Parnell to Mr. William Redmond
* MY BEAU WILLIE,—Thanks very much for your kind letter, which is most consoling and encouraging. It did not require this fresh proof of your friendship to convince me that I have always justly relied upon you as one of the most single-minded and attached of my colleagues.
* Yours very sincerely,
'CHABLBS S. PxlBNELL.'
Outnido the circle of Parneli's parliamentary retainers he wan beloved by Irishmen and Irishwomen, many of whom, perhaps, had never seen him, but to all of whom his name wan a household word. ' When I
leaving my hotel in Now York/ says Mr. Harrington, 4 on my way home to join Parnell at Kilkenny, the servants—almost all Irish boys and girls—gathered ia
the hall, or on tho stairs, or in the passages, and as 1 away all cried out, in voices broken with emotion: <4Mr.Harrington,don'tdeserthim,naDon'tgivehimup.JJI
The of these Irish boys and girls had gone
out to Parnell because he had stood in the breach
for Ireland. He had sinned. His own people, strong
in the possession of those domestic virtues for which
their country is famous, had pardoned the sin because
the sinner had served, and suffered for the nation.
Was ho now to bo thrown to the * English wolves *
an Englishman forsooth had cast the first
2. There were those who supported Parnell on grounds of political expediency, * We are told/ they
voii. n, Tis race.