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276 CHARLES STEWART PAIINELL [188.
am accustomed to that handwriting. Will you let me read the extract for you?" "No,11 said he, "I will read it myself," and he stuck to it doggedly until he road the whole document through. It was the worst quarter of an hour he had ever had in the House of Commons.'
I met Parnell the next night. I said: 'I am afraid I caused you some embarrassment last evening/ * I low ? ' he replied. ' A. M. Sullivan tells me you could scarcely make out my handwriting.'
Pa nidi. ' Not at all. I read it very well and produced a very good effect/
This \vas characteristic of him—always ready to m ike the host of everything.
Footer's Coercion Bill was introduced on January 24. On the 25th Mr. Gladstone moved that it should have precedence of all other business. Parnell and the Irish members fiercely opposed this motion, adopting the most extreme obstructive tactics, and keeping the House sitting continuously from 4 P.M. on Tuesday until 12 P.M. on Wednesday. On Thursday, 27th, the debate was resumed. On. Monday, 31st, the Government declared their determination to close the debate on the first reading that night. Parnell and the Irish protected, and prepared for another all-night sitting. Belays were ordered on both sides, and English and Irish settled down doggedly to work. The House was onco more kept sitting continuously from 4 P.M. on Monday until 9 A.M. on Wednesday—forty-one hours. Then a memorable scene occurred.
On Wednesday morning, February 2, the Speaker —who had been relieved from time to time in the discharge of his duties during an uninterrupted sitting of forty-one hours—resumed the chair, and, review-