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class; he felt their wrongs acutely, and longed to right them. He has sometimes been credited with tho invention of what came to he called the4, * new departure/ the combined action of ConKtitutionaliHts and Bevolutionists for the common purpose of national independence. But the fact in the, * new departure r was in the air before Davitt arrived in America. James O'Kelly, John Devoy, and others had been thinking it out while Davitt was in jail. * Had Davitt come to America in the beginning of 1H77," said a. member of the Clan-na-dael to me, ' he. would have found a few men ready to discuss the ne.w departure and to favour it. But neither he nor we could have dared broach it at a public meeting of the elan. Hut a change had taken place in a twelvemonth. Parnell's action in Parliament had made people think that something might be done with the Parliamentarians after all, iW'IianwntarianiHW was apparently becoming a renpeetable thing. It might be possible, to touch it without hiuummig contaminated. Parnoll had, in fact, made the running for Davitt, and Davitt arrived in New York just in th<i nick of time. Many influential membern of tin* (-Ian were full of the notion of an alliance with the Constitutional party, and were now ready to co-operate with Davitt in bringing it about.' Davitt had, of course,
pounced upon him for an inorcatwd runt. Thr tenant rould not |iiiy hiu roHourccft had been exhausted in bringing the b«»j? into a ntuttt «f cultivation, h<» hud not y<»t riToujwd him^«lf for hin outlity antl hitnmr.
Ho WHH (ivict«ulf fl»n« on Uw roiulNith* to ntarvis withmst iVrriving cmt shilling cotnpcuKation for hin outlay on thf turn!, awl th«< " furm " w!ti«li ho had iniulci wan $i\m to Another at an tmhtuwrd mttnl. Wliiil tiki the flviotml tenant do V Hn itnt(*r^d a Uibbtm Loilgi*, lolil th« ntUtry of his wrong, and demanded vangt'n,n^« on th« man whum h« imltt*cl a tyrant and an opi»r<'«Hor. Only tim ofti*n hi« *t«»ry Ii.wtitni*tl to ancl vengeance wan wrwik^d on th« hmdlord, or th*i n««w tiiniiiit; ami itom«*< timcfi on botli. Thi« i« brhilJy thu dianml atury «! th*« lutul trtittblt? in Ireland/-- Thoman l)rumm<ma, Life mul