146 CHARLES STEWART PARXELL [1877
I went back to the meeting, Parnell was there, looking like a bit of granite. But no one could help thinking he was the man to fight the English ; he was so like themselves, cool, callous, inexorable, always going straight to the point, and not caring much how he got there, so long as he did get there. There was one thing about Parnell on which the Fenians believed they could rely, his hatred of England. They felt that that would last for ever/
The election of Parnell as president of the Home Bule Confederation of Great Britain was the turning-point in his career. The Irish in England and Scotland had practically passed a vote of censure on Butt, had practically endorsed the policy of Parnell. ' The Irish in Great Britain,* Paruell said to X., 'must take the lead. It is easier for the advanced men to push forward here than in Ireland. Ireland will follow.5
1 How did he come to rely on the Fenians ? How did he know anything about them ?}
X. 'How did he know anything? By instinct. He knew nothing of the details of Fenianism. He hated details—all details. But he knew that Fenians were men who had run risks, and were ready to run risks again.
rA Constitutionalist was a man who was ready to go into Parliament for Ireland. A Fenian was a man who was ready to go into penal servitude for Ireland. Parnell grasped that fact. He felt the Fenians were the men to drive the ship, but he wanted to steer her himself. That was about the state of the case. Of course many of the Fenian leaders did not want to drive the ship for Parnell, but the rank and file of the Fenians did. They believed that Pamell would not steer the ship into an English port, and that he would