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AN APPRECIATION"                           307
Parnoll in that way, I tried to got at him in another. 1 asked Morley to find him exit; Morloy tried, but ho could not be found, ho kept out of our way. Well, what was I to do under these circumstances, with English public opinion rising all the time ? No resource was left to me but the public letter which I wrote to Morley. Then there was an end of everything. I think Parnoll acted badly. 1 think ho ought to have gone right away. lie would have come back, nothing could have prevented him; he would have been as supremo as ever, for ho was a most extraordinary man. Was he callous to everything ? I never could toll how much ho felt, or how much he did not feel. lie was generally immovable. Indeed, immobility was his great characteristic. On some occasions, very rarely indeed, he would woem to bo excited. In the Houso of Commons I would say to my colleagues : " Don't bo mistaken ; ho in not excited, ho is quite calm and completely master of himself." *
I said : 'Ho wan aapahlo of great fooling, and ho suffered intonso pain during the last yoar of his life, though he tried to conceal it/
Mr. Gladstone*. * Poor follow! poor follow ! I supposo ho did ; dear, doar, what a tragedy ! I cannot toll you how much I think about him, and what an interest I take in everything concerning him. A marvellous man, a terrible fall,*
With thoRO words 1 elcwo the story of Parnell's life.
He brought Ireland within Bight of the Promised Land. The triumph of tho national causa awaits other times, and another Man. to be the public opinion of England. I did exactly what Parnell had asked me to do in the case of the Phoenix Park murders. Well, that letter never reached Parnell. Why McCarthy did