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JET. 44]       SEIZURE OF 'UNITED  IRELAND*                SHW
English people. One remembered it now, noting his passionate assurances to his own people, who loved him too well to ask him questions/
One sentence from .ParnoU's speech will suffice. It wan the. simple truth, and went to the heart of every man and every woman in the, assembly.
* I don't pretend that I had not moments of trial and of temptation, but I. do claim that never in thought, word, or deed have I been false to the trust that Irishmen have confided in me.1 were many in the .Rotunda who did not look upon Parnell an a blameless man, or even a blameless politician ; but all felt that in every emergency, through good report and ill report, he had becu faithful to Iivland and the foe of Knglish rule in the island, Thin was the bond of union between him and the men who carried the * thousands of torches1 which lighted up bin path that night •• the mm on whom ho now relied to face bin cwotnies.
While.! the moating in th« Rotunda \VUH going cm the Anti-1'arnclUttm made a raid on ' United Ireland/ and recaptured it.
Next morning Darnell           betimeft — lie had to
Htart for Cork by an early train. But * United Ireland f was not to bo left in the hunck of the Becoderg, Dr. Kenny*** carriage was quickly ordorod to the door. * Wo must re-capture " United Ireland " on our way to the train/ said the Chief, as he finished bin braakfaHt.
A dencription of the dramatic scene which followed ltii« been given to mci by a gentleman wholly uncon-tiected with politics, who happened, by the mert*Kt chance, to bo in the neighbourhood when the final battle over * United Ireland * wa« fought.tdi - »iiitji!t% (!tn*c?tf suave—with no device and no artificiality. Mr, t*ttrtt«*tl said long ago, in a furious moment m tli« Iloutfi) of Commons, that he cared nothing for tltct opinion tif tin*an umlorfctand what ft