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ambition. Far from it. He had no desire to become chairman of the party; his sole object in these negotiations was to; make peace, and finding - Parnell strongly opposed to the chairmanship of Mr. McCarthy and Mr. Dillon, he made this suggestion in the hope of getting over the difficulty. He thought it was unreasonable to send Mr. McCarthy to Hawarden on the understanding that, whether he got satisfactory assurances or not, he should retire from the chair. Mr. Bedmond was, as I have said, in Paris at this time, and knew all about Mr. O'Brien's new plan. On January 5 he wired to Parnell: ' O'Brien wrote you yesterday. Let nothing prevent your meeting us to-morrow.'
On Tuesday, January 6, Parnell came to Boulogne. ' I saw him alone first/ says Mr. Bedmond, ' and we had a short private talk about O'Brien's new plan. He said nothing, but looked at me with an amused, and an amusing, smile. I could not help feeling what a pair of children O'Brien and I were in the hands of this man. The meaning of the smile was as plain as words. It meant: "Well, really, you are excellent fellows, right good fellows, but 'pon my
soul a d------d pair of fools ; sending William O'Brien
to Hawarden to negotiate with Mr. Gladstone! Delightful." Well, he simply smiled William O'Brien's plan out of existence, and stuck to his original proposal, Next day he went back to London, and I went with him.'
On January 9 Mr. O'Brien (who had been all the time in communication with Mr, McCarthy, Mr. Sexton, and Mr. Dillon) wired to Parnell from Boulogne : ' McCarthy and Sexton come to-day; difficulties with D.1 ;Kpeetfu* to go upon. Let O'Brien come back.1' nt tho t'ourt !!tiiiĞ*i during that pnxtoHH who futoiutul to In* In butter huimutr or who look<ul anxious though Itu waUrluĞl ovo vory carefully twid on tlianlurt, than'it^ was a andry to nil} you