174 CHARLES STEWART PARNELL [1878
He is too much under the English influence. He wants to please the English. But you may be sure that when we are pleasing the English we are not winning. We must not care for English opinion. We must go right on in the way Ireland wants.' t There is a great force in England,' he said, addressing the Confederation in Dublin. f A British force/ cried a voice in the crowd. ' No/ retorted Parnell, amid tremendous cheers, ( an Irish force. We must/ he urged, ' see that the Irish in England think only of Ireland and vote only for Ireland, and that they make English candidates vote for Ireland too. I said when I was last on this platform that I would not promise anything by parliamentary action, nor any particular line of policy; but I said we could help you to punish the English, and I predicted that the English would very soon get afraid of the policy of punishment.'
It was at this time suggested to Parnell that he ought to address more meetings in Ireland. ' Ah/ he said; ' but I have not an independent platform.1
' If I get up a meeting for you, will you come to it ?' said a friend. ' Certainly/ answered Parnell. A great meetingóa land meetingówas organised in Tralee. Parnell addressed it in November. He made a vigorous speech, saying plainly enough that nothing short of a revolution would bring about a change in the land laws, and urging the establishment of a tribunal for fixing rents, and the creation of a peasant proprietary. 'It will take an earthquake to settle the land question, Mr. Parnell/ someone said to him. ' Then we must have an earthquake ' was the reply.