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312 CHARLES STEWAUT PARXELL [1891
'"Oh/1 ho said, "it is twenty-four years since I
was at a theatre, and I think I should like to go."
'I said: lc Very well. Shall I get places for both of us?" and ho said: "Yos, T think I should like to go."
* I then wont off to the National League, very glad, because 1 thought 1 should have a surprise both for Mrs. Dickinson and Parnell, as neither would, expect the other to come. When 1 got to the National League I found a telegram from Mrs. Dickinson's daughter Haying her mother had been out hunting, and that there was no chance of her being back in time to come to the theatre, 1 then returned to Parnoll, and wo both set off for the Gaiety. The place was tremendously full, and when 1 came to the box-office the box-keeper looked out and saw Parnell standing in the doorway, Ho said to me: lfIs that tho Chief? "
11 said: "Yes."
* Ho said: " Then he wants to come in ? " 'I said: "Yen."
'"Well," said ho, "the house is full, but he must conic in no matter what happens." We then went to the dross circle, gulling a front place. Parnairs appearance created quite a sensation. Tho opera had just commenced, but pooplo kept turning round constantly, looking at him. Ho got a book of the opera, and seemed to follow the performance with great interest, making remarks to mo now and then when ha was pleased. AH noon an tho curtain foil on the first act everyone turned round—stalls, dress circle, pit, boxes—to level their opera-glasses at him. A number of men—high Tories—-came out of the stalls and walked along the at the back of
the circle, looking at him through tho glass partition. to do, I nhould liko you to with inn, n» I fijol mtiti.tr lonoly." 1 tbiin mill: ** W«H, th« fact IB, Mr. r»nu>ll, 1 am thinking of to tho tluuitru." ^