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. 44]                   THE PAHNELLITES                          27
passed the Coercion Act of 188.1, He flung a thousand Irish Nationalists into gaol without trial. He passed the Coercion Act of 188*2. Ho xiphoid the iron rule of Lord Spencer from 1882 to 188.5. In 1885 he asked the doctors of Great Britain for a majority to make him independent of the Irish vote. At tho end of the election ho surrendarod. Why? Because Parnoll was able to plant his hool on tho nock of the Liberal party/
8. Lastly, there were Parnellites who stood on. national grounds pure and simple. ' What is tho issue ? ' thoy asktul. * Tho Irish members, encouraged by popular demonstrations in Ireland, havo, in defiance of the pro-eoodings in the Divorce Court, unanimously re-elected Parnoll. Then Mr. Gladstone Btops in and practically calls upon thorn to reverse their judgment. And they, within twelve hours of tho making of that judgment, wheel around and oboy him. They acknowledge the right of an Englishman to revise their decision, they submit to English dictation. Is this conduct worthy of any body of men culling themselves solf-rospooling and sulf-raliant Irish Nationalists? Had they, in tho first inBtanco, rof used to ro-eleet Parnoll in consequence of his rotations with Mrs. O'Hhoa, no one could have objoctod to thoir action on national grounds. But to havo ru-oloetod him in spite of the verdict in the Divorce) Court, and them to fling him over in obedience to the decree of an English party loader, in a humiliating submission to foreign control/
One day 1 mot a Nonconformist friend, and we discussed tho situation. I am bound to say that ho spoke sympathetically of Parnoll, and, I am sure, fdt Binceroly worry for what had happened. * You know/ ho said, * if Gladstone had done this thing ho would havo had to go/ I ropliod : ' Possibly. But let
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