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and rounds of applause rang again and again throughout the hall, until the speaker himself was astonished, and perhaps startled, at the savage enthusiasm which this announcement called forth. When the cheering at length ceased he finished his sentence—'who has made himself prominent in the attempt to destroy the authority of the law, and substitute what would end in being nothing more nor less than anarchical oppression exercised upon the people of Ireland.'
' Parnell's arrest,' says the biographer of Mr.Forster, bearing strange testimony to the power of this extraordinary man,£ was hailed almost as though it had been the news of a signal victory gained by England over a hated and formidable enemy.' This description is as true as it is pithy. Indeed, the defeat of a foreign fleet at the mouth of the Thames could scarcely have excited a greater ferment than the simple announcement that Charles Stewart Parnell was safe and sound under lock and key in Kilmainham. The British Empire breathed once more.
How was the news of Parnell's arrest received in Ireland ? A cry of indignation and anger went up from almost every part of the country. In many towns and villages the shops were closed, and the streets wore the appearance of sorrow and mourning. In Dublin there were riots, and the people were bludgeoned by the police. Everywhere there were manifestations of discontent and irritation. It may indeed be said without exaggeration that scarcely since the Union wras the name of England more intensely detested than during the four-and-tweiity hours following Parnell's arrest.
At the Guildhall, as at Leeds, Mr. 'Gladstone, in denouncing Parnell, assumed the role of the saviour of Ireland. But the memory of Cromwell was not more