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Full text of "The Life Of Charles Stewart Parnell Vol - I"

/Ex. 3i>]                AN EX-FENIAN'S  VIKW                       163
regret for sending it, said I thought there was no harm, and so forth. The upshot of the whole business was that, after mutual explanations, they asked me still to come and help in the business of the club, but to leave Home Kule alone. Thin I did. But whenever there was an election on, or whenever there was fighting to be done, I used to ask thene men to give me a hand, and they always did. They did not join the Confederation, but they gave UH outBido help, and we got lots of astuHtanco from Keuiaim in that way/
An ex-Venian who had KufVeivd in the cause JI!HO throws Home light on the effect produced by Parnoll'H vigorous parliamentary action. lie says: * When 1 came out of prison I went hack at onci* to tla* organisation. I began to collect arms, to conceal them, to organise. Then my attention wan turned to what wan going on in Parliament, and to Parnell chiefly. Thin was something new. Hero wan 11. hamtfnl of men fighting the British Government on its own grmiticl. People clo not become Ea volution tuts for the fun of the thing. 'Every Fenian carried bin life in IUH hand. There is not much fun in that, Why were \\e I*Ymatm? Because in Fenianism was the only hope for Ireland* Farliameutarianism had alwayuheen enntemptthie. It was worRG, it was mischievous. Tha London Parliament was giniply a Bchool for Anglicising We hated the thing* Hut if thtro wcn* tlu* chanco of getting an Irinh Patiiiynent by means, the vat majority of F(nianH would hi* Con-stitutionalistB, A roal Irih I'arliatmnit, not a would have satisfied the          majority of our people
all the time.   But wa         no              of getting an
Irish Parliament or anything <la by tumHtitntional
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