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

220               CHARLES STEWART PARNELL             [1880
paper was at hand great excitement prevailed.    Kettle —who, as the candidate, had to hand in the nomination paper—conld not be found ; none of his nominators were on the spot either.    Parnell was very anxious, and kept dashing up and down the stairs and about the court doors, seeking for Kettle.    At the last moment Kettle arrived and handed Mr. Johnson, the sub-sheriff, the nomination paper.    John George McCarthy, the agent for Shaw and Colthurst, objected, first on the ground that we were late; but the Sheriff said the time by his watch wanted half a minute to twelve o'clock, and accordingly ruled that we were in time.    Then McCarthy objected to the paper because it was informal, being on a sheet of notepaper instead of the Sheriff's printed form.    That was also overruled, and then the names of the  nominators were questioned; but they were found to be all right, and so Kettle was nominated.   There was a great commotion as soon as it was known that Parnell had put up Kettle against Shaw and  Colthurst.     The local Press  were   dead against him.   Next day the county was placarded with a letter signed by the four Catholic bishops of Cork, Cloyne,  Eoss, and Kerry (the latter has jurisdiction over several parishes, Millstreet, Glengariff, and Castle-town Bere, which,  though in the County Cork,   are in the Kerry diocese), strongly advocating Shaw and Colthurst.   I managed the election all over the county. The priests attended the polling booths, ranged  on the side  of  Shaw and  Colthurst, and  did  all they could against Kettle.    Parnell went  off immediately after nominating Kettle to Mayo and Meath, being also candidate for each of these counties.    On April 6 the poll for the city was declared, and Parnell and Daly were elected.   From this until the county polling on