2M CHARLES STEWART PARNELL [1880
On April 30 there was a great Nationalist meeting at the Eotunda, and it was upon that occasion that Parnell made what has been called the 'bread and lead speech/ He said: ' The Americans sent me back with this message—that for the future you must not expect one cent for charity, but millions to break the land system. And now before I go I will tell you a little incident that happened at one of our meetings1 in America. A gentleman came on the platform and handed me $25, and said: "Here is $5 for bread and 020 for lead." '
Parnell was now in the saddle, where for eleven years he sat firmly without a competitor or an equal. ' How came Parnell/ I asked Mr. Justin McCarthy,' to acquire his great ascendency ? ' He answered : ' He owed his ascendency to his strength of will and his readiness to see what was the right thing to do at a given moment. He was not liked by the party as a whole. S. never liked him. H. very soon began to dislike him. D. was loyal to him, but did not like him. 0. liked him. I liked him. But, like or dislike, all bowed to him, because all felt that he was the one man who knew what to do in moments of difficulty, and that he was always right. He had the genius of a Commander-in-Chief. It was that which gave him his power. Others of us might be useful infixing lines of policy in advance. But when a crisis-arose, when something had to be done on the instant which might have a serious effect in the future, we were no good. We were paralysed. Parnell made
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