3U CHARLES STEWAKT PAHNELL [1881
prisoner, drove away. When the party reached the Bank of Ireland (to the former memories and future prospects of which Mr. Parnell had, but a fortnight previously, directed the attention of many thousands), live or six metropolitan police, evidently by preconceived arrangement, jumped upon two outside cars and drove in front of the party. On reaching the quay at the foot of Parliament Street a number of horse police joined the procession at the rear. In this order the four vehicles drove to Kilmainham. This strange procession passed along the thoroughfares without creating any remarkable notice. A few people did stop to look at it on part of the route, and they pursued the vehicles, but their curiosity was probably aroused by the presence of the force rather than by any knowledge that after a short lull the Coercion Act was again being applied to the elite of the League. They stopped their chase after going a few paces, and at half-past nine o'clock Mr. Parnell appeared in front of the dark portals of Kilmainham.'
'We arrested Parnell,' Lord Cowpcr said to me, ' because we thought it absurd to put lesser men into jail and to have him at large. Furthermore, we thought that his test cases would interfere with the working of the Land Act/
And how were things going on inside Kilmainham at that moment ? One of the ' suspects ' shall answer. 'I was in Kilmainham/ he says, 'several months before Parnell came. There was a little clique among the "suspects" who were always finding fault with Parnell, complaining of his moderation, and saying that lie wanted to work the Land Act and to unite with the Liberal party. Upon one occasion a " suspect " was about to be discharged on account of ill-health. It