JET. 85] ' WHIPPING' THE IRISH MEMBERS 271 Whig Home Ruler [with alarm]. ' Oh, dear, no, Mr. Parnell, yon must excuse me; I never could do it.' Parnell [tightening his grip on the Whig's shoulder]. ' Mark, you must vote against this Bill. I suppose you can do that. It does not need a speech, and the sooner you get hack to the House the better.' : Someone else called Parnell's attention off at this moment, and as the Whig, passing into the Eeading-rooin, turned to me and said,' Desperate man, desperate man,' Parnell returned to the desk. After a time another Irish member (a moderate Nationalist) came along. Parnell stopped him too. ' Why have you come away ?' he asked. 11 have just spoken, Mr. Parnell,' said the member, * to the motion for adjournment, and I cannot do anything until the division is taken. I cannot speak twice to the same motion.' Parnell. ' No, but you can help to keep a House and watch what is going forward. I think you should all remain in your places.' After a little while I saw both the Nationalist and the Whig wending their melancholy way back towards the Lobby. Another member soon appeared. Parnell [stopping him]. ' Why are you all coining out of the House ? You should remain at your posts. It is impossible to say what may turn up at any moment.' Member. ' I have just spoken.' Parnell. ' That does not matter; a speech is not everything.' Member. 'Here is a telegram which I have just deceived from the corporation of ------, protesting against coercion.'