93 CHARLES STEWART PARNELL [1876
to inspire Butt. We did not know very much about Parnell at this time. His defence of the Manchester men in the House of Commons was a revelation to UK ; but we never lost sight of him afterward**, and I think he never lost sight of us.'
Parnell certainly (lid not lose sight of the Fenians; and he ultimately rode into power on their shoulders. But up to the end of 1876 he continued undistinguished, and almost unnoticed. He had not yet, so to nay, drawn out of the rack, and no one anticipated his extraordinary future.
Parnell hated England before he tifae
of Commons; and his hatred by Ms
parliamentary experience. He thought the of
the Irish members painfully humiliating. They waiters on English providence; for English
favours. English Ministers behaved as if they to the injured nation; as if, indeed, they showed sive generosity in tolerating Irishmen in their midst at all. This arrogance, this assumption of ftnporiority, galled Parnell. It was repugnant to hiŤ nature to approach anyone with bated breath and whimpering humbleness; and he resolved to wring justice* from England, and to humiliate her in tho proem*. Hit wanted not only reparation, but vengeance m well.
In those days ho would nomotimoH ml in out* of tho side galleries, and look down serenely on the pcrformcro below. He regarded the whole proceedings, KCI fur an Irish business was concerned, aŤ purely academic. Tho House of Commons seemed to him to Iw than a mere debating society, where trifthmon had an opportunity of airing their oratory, and rently, Ratified when that was done*. A Irish advocate once said that a 'ttpwch wan ill!