f>G2 CHARLES STEWAKT PAHNELL [1881
bility of changing my opinion as to the necessity of a suspension of the Habeas Corpus Act, and if it was not granted, I should feel it my duty to place my resignation in your hands. I am sorry to say that I have not been able to change my opinion, and all chance of my doing so may be considered at an end.
' The state of the country becomes worse every day. Outrages have increased, and the Land League has taken a much deeper root. ... I feel very strongly that Parliament ought to be called together without delay.'
The day after this letter was written the State trial began. It lasted twenty days before two judges—Mr. Justice Fitzgerald and Mr. Justice Barry—and a jury. At half-past one o'clock on Tuesday, January 25, 1881, the jury retired to consider their verdict. At half-past five they returned to court. c Have you agreed to your verdict, gentlemen ?' asked the clerk of the crown. ' No/ answered the foreman. (Is there any likelihood of your agreeing ? ' asked the judge. ' Not a bit, my lord/ said the foreman; and he added, amid a burst of laughter, c we are unanimous that we cannot agree/ The jury were sent back to their room for a couple of hours more; they came into court again at half-past seven. ' Well, gentlemen/ said the judge, ' have you agreed ?' ' No, my lord/ said the foreman, ' and there is no good in keeping us here any longer; we'll never agree.' ' We are ten to two, my lord/ said an indiscreet juror, with the look of a man who had a grievance; and the gallery rang with applause. ' Let the jury be discharged/ ordered the judge ; ' we shall not force an agreement.'
Parnell, who was in court, hastened from the scene.