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Whig nor the Tory, and the Home Euler was far too moderate.
' On the day of the nomination, however, a politician of supposed Nationalist leanings (whom, we shall call Y.) came into niy office, accompanied by some genuine Nationalists. He handed me a nomination paper bearing Parnell's name. The paper was signed by the Eev. John O'Mahony, C.C., and another priest, the Eev. Denis McCarthy, and by several other electors. Y. asked rne to sign as nominator, and to hand the paper to the Sheriff. Before signing I asked him if he had Mr. Parnell's sanction. He replied that he had, and produced 250Z. in bank-notes, which he said Mr. Parnell had sent him from Dublin that morning.
' I was at once convinced by the production of the money that the matter was all right. I signed the nomination paper, and had only time to rush from my office across the street to the Sheriff's office and hand it in. Y. gave me 50Z. to pay the Sheriff's fees. There were a few thousand people on the South Mall, opposite the Sheriff's office, and when they heard that Parnell had been nominated they cheered vigorously and became intensely excited.
( The friends of Daly and Murphy were both greatly annoyed, and as I was returning to my office I was jostled about by some of them, and the late Sir D. V. 0'Sullivan shouted into my face : "Parnell will not poll the 511 given to John Mitchel at the last election."
' Of course it was the advanced Nationalists who had supported Mitchel at the last election, and the same men were supporting Parnell now. The result -of bringing Mitchel forward then was to split the