292 CHARLES STEWART PARNELL [1881
Home Eule, and we should take everything. The better off the people are, the better Nationalists they will be. The starving man is not a good Nationalist.' Upon another occasion a rumour reached me that the Government (Lord Salisbury's Ministry, 1886) intended buying up the Irish railways. I mentioned the fact to an Irish member. ' Oh,' he exclaimed, ' we must not have that. It would settle Home Eule for ever. If the English Government sink money in the country that way, they will take care to keep everything in their own hands/ I told Parnell what his colleague had said. ' I am accustomed to these remarks,' was his commentary. ' All I say is, I hope what you tell mo about the intentions of the Government is true. It would be a good business. It would open up the country, bring the people nearer good markets, and develop industry. Home Eule is not to be killed as easily as —— thinks. It would go on even if we lost —.'
Parnell wanted a good Land Bill, and he was determined to secure the fullest measure of justice which it was possible to obtain for the tenants. ' The measure of Land lleform,' he had said at Ennis in 1880, * will bo the measure of your energy this winter/ Tho people were energetic with a vengeance, and the Land Bill was a sweeping measure of reform. ' I would strongly recommend public men,' Parnell said in'the same Ennis speech, 'not to waste their breath too much in discussing how the land question is to be settled, but rather to encourage the people in making it ripe for settlement/ The people had made it ' ripe' for settlement. Mr. Gladstone's Bill proclaimed a revolution.
The old power of the landlord was for ever taken