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10->                   CHABLES  STEWART PARNELL              [187(>
One who was present has given me the following account of how Parnell delivered this speech. He
'I remember that he came once to speak for us in Liverpool. It was in 187G. He was a bad speaker then—had a bad, halting delivery. In fact, it was painful to listen to him. You would think he would break down every moment. He seemed to bo constantly stuck for want of a word. It was horribly awkward for the people listening to him, but, oddly enough, it never seemed awkward to him. I remember a number of us who were on the platform near him would now and then suggest a word to him in the pauses. But he never once took a word from any one of xis. There he would stand, with clenched fists, which he shook nervously until the word he wanted came. And what struck us all, and what we talked of afterwards, was that ParnelFs word was always the right word, and expressed exactly the idea in his head; our word was simply makeshift, for which he did not even thank us/
By the end of 187(5 Parnell regarded Butt's movement as an absolute failure. Of the innumerable Bills and resolutions which had been introduced by the Irish party since 1871 only one measure of any importance had become law—'the Municipal Privileges Act, which enabled municipal corporations to confer the freedom of their cities and to appoint sheriffs. The failure of the parliamentary party wan, he thought, in some respects attributable to a want of energy and boldness. The majority of Butt's followers were too apathetic, too deferential to English opinion and sentiment, too fond of English society—in a word, too 'respectable/ Biggar was Parnoll's Ideal of aa