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

164                CHARLES STEWART PABNKLL             [1878
means, and wo became Revolutionists. But here was a new departure. Here was a new man with new methods. There was no chance of English society seizing him, for lie was making himself detectable to all Englishmen. Ought he not to get a trial, ought not his methods to get a trial ? That is what 1 thought, and as the years passed Parnell impressed me more and more with his power, and ultimately I left the Fenian organisation and joined him/
While, then, the Fenian mind in Ireland and America was much exercised by Parncll'fl manuuivrew, Michael Davitt landed in New York in August 1878. Why had ho gone? First, to visit his mother at Philadelphia ; secondly, to meet the members of the CJlan-na-Gacl, and to discuss the political situation generally. Davitt was still a Fenian ; but there can be no doubt that he was gradually, perhaps unconsciously, drifting away from the movement. He took a keen interest in the land question.1 He had come from the peasant
1 I have. elsewhere tfiven aonu* account of the ivlalion between landlord and tenant in Inland, and may here repeat what 1 have written, * The tenant, ** Hcramblinfj for the potato*' and Irft without any re:iouree. hut the land, offered an exorbitant r<nt, which th* landlord accepted ami exacted to the utlenmmt farthing. Freedom of etmtract be landlord and tenant th**r^ wan noni*. Tin* tenant run into th* imdar ctrcttitwtfttK'i'ji whtrh loft htm Mitindy at th m'ry <f thu lord* The *'bit ol land" mmnt lift* to him, thr wuutnf it dt<uth; for in tho ahminea of ouutmfti'tdal idu:itri*r ihi* j**ojlr urn* thrown upon tho law! mainly for !%iHt4*nt'p, " Thi treaty Irh\^u hindiord and tanant [In Ireland!,*' ii)? Mr. Kannuu Ktnmr, ** in not a ralm hurt/um, in which tho tmmnt, having oiTi'rmt what h* thhik-s ih<! \\<irth, rnnm littlfl whth(r Inn c(Tir i acftptil tr nnt; it ii u -itrn^h*, likti thi HtruKghi to buy bread in ft btf4(fd town, fir to buy wntrr in tyj Hlmmn caravan.** In truth, th landlord hnd H tit<irtn|>oly if lltr mt-umi uf ^xiKt<nfl, and Ju tiwd it for bin own a^rnndi<i*m'nt. r*'j?ai'dhM,! nf thii teuant*H fait* or the* public weal. *' Tf tatidlontu in Irrbunl/' iinid 'Lord Donottghtnon* in 1H.1J, **Jav hi't-n in thr hhif 4 It'liini? land, not furmH.*' NV*T ha- a Imppirr doHcription t*f th Iii-h bit*! >i\tHn i^i'ii givt*n than thin. Thi bintUorii li't ** luttd "  utrip nf !?, burr^it, i!i, drmry. Th tenant rreluimed it, drained, fi-tuTit, rrhir<ft thr wn^fr ta a cultivatM tat<% mudo the M land " a ** farm." Tht-it tint bindb.*rtl