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Full text of "The Life Of Charles Stewart Parnell Vol - I"

• Kr. L\f)                            ' NO  MURDER'                                fil
Thoy acte.d with pluck and manliness. What they did they did in the open day. A few Irishmen faced the police and mob of a hostile city, and snatched their comrades from the clutches of the law—the law to which they morally owed no allegiance. The rescue was a gallant act, the execution a brutal and a cowardly deed. A strong' and generous Government would never have carried out the extreme penalties of 'he law. .But the English people were panic-stricken. The presence <>i! Fenianisni in their midst filled them vith alarm, and they clamoured for blood. The killing of Sergeant lUvtt was no murder; the execution of the Fenians was.
That was the, Irish view of the case, and that was
Uie view of ranu'll,     But, though  the   execution of
Minn, Larkin, and O'Hrien made*  Parnoll think about
Ireland, ho did not. for several years afterwards take an
active, part in Irish politics.    lie novor did anything in
a hurry,    lit1, thought out every question.    Ho looked
•arefnlly around boforo taking any forward step.    But
when once he put his hand to the plough lie never
turned back.   When I, was at Avondale in 180(5 I met a
middle-aged man, a retainer of the family, who remoin-
beral Parnell as a boy and a man.  lie said to mo : ' You
•oo, sir, if it was only the picking up of  that piece of
tick   (pointing to the ground), Master Charles would
<ako about half an hour thinking of it.    Ho never would
lo anything at oneo, and when  lie grow up it was just
'he same.    1 would sometimes ask him to make some
(Iterations   about  the   place.    il I   will   think of that,
Hm," ho would say, and I would think ho would forget.
ill  I   said;   but  ho. would  eomo back, maybe in two
lays* time, and say, u I  luivr. considered it all/' and
voultl do what 1 aski'd, or not, just as ho liked.'