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good in its way, but that the verdict was the thing/
In the House of Commons the speech was l the thing/
and Parncll despised the speech. He wanted 'the
; verdict/ One night an Irish Bill was under discussion.
j The member in charge of it acquitted himself with
skill and ability. Butt sat near him, and was mani-
f festly much pleased with the performance. "When the
member sat down the Home Rule leader patted him
f paternally on the back and beamed satisfaction. Parncll
smiled on the scene. When the debate was over, and
when the Bill had boon handsomely defeated, he met
j the member in the Lobby, walked xip to him, patted
I him on the back in imitation of Butt, and said: 'You
j have been a very good boy, you did that very well, and
! you may now go home -and you won't hear any more
! about your Bill for another twelvemonth/ Then (in a
more4 aorious tone.), * Ah, it is not by smooth speeches
that you will get anything done here. We want rougher
work. 'We must show them that we mean business.
They arc a good deal too comfortable in that House,
j and the English are a good deal too comfortable cvory-
In the autumn a meeting of' advanced Nationalists * was held at Harold's Gross, near Dublin. Among other Imsiness transacted, an address was voted to President Grant, congratulating the American people on the centenary of American independence. Parnell and Mr. O'Connor Power were deputed to present this address to General Grant.
They arrived at New York in October. It HO happened that the President wan in the. city at the time, Parnell suggested that they should KOO him at once, t t rant received them, expressed himself personally grateful for the address, but said it would be necessary