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yET. 36] THE KILMAINIIAM TREATY 349
the omnipotence of Parnell, described this situation thus:
' A surrender is bad, but a compromise or arrangement is worse. I think we may remember what a Tudor king said to a great Irishman in former times : " If all Ireland cannot govern the Earl of Kildare, then let the Earl of Kildare govern all Ireland." The king thought it was better that the Earl of Kildare should govern Ireland than that there should be an arrangement between the Earl of Kildare and his representatives. In like manner, if all England cannot govern the lion, member for Cork, then let us acknowledge that he is the greatest power in all Ireland to-day.'
On his release Parnell hastened to Avondale, whither he was accompanied by an Irish member, who shall describe the scene of his arrival at home:
' I went to Avondale with Parnell after his release from Kilmainham. When we arrived at the place all the old servants rushed out to see him. They were crying with joy. I was horribly affected, and began to cry myself. Parnell was absolutely unmoved. I thought he was the most callous fellow I had ever met. An old woman rushed out and seized him by the hand, kissed it, covered it with tears, and said: " Oh, Master Charley, are you back to us again ? " He was like a statue. He made some casual remark as if he had been out for a morning walk, and passed through them all into the drawing-room, where Mrs. Dickinson was. I hung back, as I did not like to be present at the meeting between brother and sister, but Parnell said: " Come along." Mrs, Dickinson was as icy as himself. She got up calmly as he entered, and said quite casually : " Ah, Charley, is that you? I thought they would never let you back again."