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1870 who would not touch us at all in 18(.>5. In fact, we had a stronger hold on the country after the rising than we had before. 'We were anxious to follow the new movement carefully. Even at that date the idea of the "new departure1' had occurred to some of us. We felt that we might have a long time to wait before we could put 20,000 or ;H),000 men into the field to fight England; but we, thought that by taking part in every political or semi-political movement that was going on we could exercise much influence, and mould these movements to our own ends. An Irish 'Parliament was certainly the next best thing to absolute separation, and many of us would be quite content to close the account with Knghind on the basis of legislative, independence. I hit then we had to see. that thin Parliament would not he a sham. If UK*. Home Ride movement were a genuine affair, we would help it all we could. .But we bad tt) take care it should be genuine ; \ve had to take, care that there should be no backsliding on the part of the Parliamentarians, Ho I wont to watch and report. 1 gave, the name of James Martin, and I was greatly amused afterwards to find myself figuring in A. M. Sullivan*** book as "James Martin,*' <).!*., ex-High Sheriff. I believe Martin, who IB an old Catholic \Vhi#, wan very indignant at finding bin name in Kiich doubtful company. What would 1m have said i he had known that it had been used as a blind by a Fenian centre.?' l
The first resolution of the meeting - carried by acclamation was:
* That it is the. opinion of thin meeting that the truo remedy for the evils of Ireland in the establish*
1 Hrfon* th<t mr<tinK at th Billon 11ut*l ' Mr, M&rtm * mot Butt at Uw ImltfiuKJ) of another 1'Wmn, when an uwkratawUng w*w arrived at
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