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320                CHARLES  STEWART PARNELL              [1881
1 cannot be carried out without the help of the priests, and the priests cannot support so barefaced a repudiation of debt as this. Home would not let them.* Parnell, who was really opposed to the manifesto, but reluctant at the moment to run counter to Ford and Egan, used Dillon's opposition as a pretext for reopening the whole question. ' That,' he said, ' is serious. I think we had better carefully reconsider the whole question. We will read the paper over again.' This was done, Parnell still holding the scales evenly balanced, and throwing his weight neither upon the one, side nor the other. At length a vote was taken. The majority of those present approved of the manifesto, which was accordingly issued and published in 'United Ireland' on October 17. It fell absolutely flat. It was condemned by the bishops and priests and ignored by the people. The arrest of Parnell had thrown the movement into the hands of the extremists. The No Bent manifesto was the result.
Parnoll was fond of telling a story which tickled his peculiar sense of humour anent this manifesto and his own arrest. In the County "Wexford there was a respectable fanner and a man of moderate political views named Dennis —. He subscribed to the funds of tho Land League, but took no further part in its work. He was, in fact, what in Ireland is contemptuously called an ' Old Whig.1 Like many persons who sympathised little with the operations of the League, he had an intense admiration for Parnell. The arrest of the Irish leader was a shock to him. The one man of sense and moderation in the movement had been flung into jail, the one restraining hand had been paralysed™-such was the wisdom of the