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This utterance first fixed the attention of the Fenians on Parnoll. Four years later I met a number of Fenians in a town in the North of England. 1 asked how it came to pass that Parnell gained the confidence of so many Fenians, One of them answered : £ In 187(5 we no longer believed in Butt; we thought his way of dealing with the House of Commons was absurd. The House showed no deference to the Irish members, yet Butt was always showing deference to the TTouso. Of course, wo had no belief in parliamentary agitation, but we wished to see Irish members stand up to the1. House. The humiliation of Kngland anywhere, was, of course, a pleasure to UK, and then* were sonic* of us who thought that she might be humiliated even in the House, of Commons. '.But it was quite clear that Butt's methods could lead to nothing but the humiliation of Ireland. "We had grown quite tired of Butt, though we always liked him for his defence of our people in the State trials, What \vo wanted wan a fighting policy. Even constitutional agitators who would defy Kngland, who would shock English Kontimont, who would show a bold spirit of resistance to English law and English custom, would help to keep the national fooling alive. But wo knew pretty well that no Irish member would keep up a sustained fight against England unless ho was in touch with UK. A Constitutionalist could only do good by drawing inspiration from Kenianism, and Konianism had ceased
It wan an illegal act, arid they w»-re punched l»y vaiiotis terms of imprisonment from, I think, three, to fifteen year:. PnleMM UUH wan a political oflfenee, the e.vidrm-n of murder WIIM not very much ditYt'rwit from th« car-o lam now de-.enbhiK, * helie\e it wa:« a grrai miHtakn. I miitl it llH-n, fttul 1 »suy it now, and I. hav«s I ray, alwttyn lu*li«vo<l that the ««\tr«»mity of thr law wan jmt In forrt* agfunHt thrr« men, only «ti»» of whom" .".ujjpo.Vwjt tin* one who cummi<t,»'d tlui ofT(*ncM» wan t-au-'fcl ihi- dVath of th»* tmfortvmat«i and lamented policeman."
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