353 CHAPTEE XXVII AN IN December 1895 I wrote to Mr. Gladstone, saying that I wan at work upon a life of Parnell, and that I would feel obliged if he would grant me the favour of an interview. lie replied : * I could not make any appointment oxcept with the knowledge that my being able to keep it was a matter of certainty. I have a stronger reason. It in specially noccRBary for me to bo cautions in touching anything associated with, that name, that vory remarkable, that happy and unhappy name. I Bhall bo happy to give the best answer to any and ovary query you may think proper to Bend me by letter— and this, I feel euro, is the best answer I can make to your request.* I immediately sent him the following queries : 4 1. When did you begin to recognise the parliamentary capacity of Mr. Parnell ? 4 2. How did it manifest itself ? *B, To what do you ascribe Mr. ParnolFH extraordinary ascendency? Was he, in your judgment, a man o! great intellectual power, or did his strength lie in his will ? * 4. May 1 mk if any written communications passed between you and him about Irish matters ? VOL, IL " A A-in-state in the City Hall. In the afternoon, followed to his last resting-place by a vast concourse of people gathered from almost every part of the country, all that was mortal of Charles Stewart Parnell was laid in the grave, under the shadow of the tower which marks the spot where the greatest Irishman of the century—O'Connell—- sleeps. '