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46                 CHAELES  STEWAET PAH NELL             [1869
sentence of the court is such as may deter others—we hope it will.'
O'Leary. ' I hope not/
Judge. l The sentence of the court is that you be detained in penal servitude for twenty years/
'As long as there are men in my country/ said Luby, ' prepared to expose themselves to every difficulty and danger, and who are prepared to brave captivity— and even death itself, if need be—this country cannot be lost/
Years afterwards Isaac Butt, the advocate who defended almost all the Fenian prisoners, wrote of them:
'Whatever obloquy gathered round them at first, there are few men who now deny to the leaders of the Fenian conspiracy the merits of perfect sincerity, of a deep and honest conviction of the righteousness of their cause, and of an unselfish and disinterested devotion to the cause. I was placed towards most of them in a relation which gave me some opportunity of observing them, in circumstances that try men's souls. Both I and those that were associated with me in that relation have often been struck by their high-mindedness and truthfulness, that shrunk with sensitiveness from subterfuges which few men in their position would have thought wrong. No mean or selfish instruction ever reached us. Many, many, many messages were conveyed to us which were marked by a punctilious and almost over-strained anxiety to avoid even a semblance of departure from the strictest line of honour. There was not one of them who would have purchased safety by a falsehood, by a concession that would have brought dishonour on his cause, or by a disclosure that would have compromised the safety of a companion. It seems