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^ET. 36]                          LORD  SPENCER                               355
which Carey described, so that I was close to him upon that occasion. After a ride in the park I thought of returning to the Viceregal Lodge by the gate near the Phoenix, but being tired I went straight in by the gate adjoining the Zoological Gardens. Had I acted on my first thought, the murder would not probably have been committed; I should have crossed the scene, and three men coming up would, have prevented anything of that kind. Shortly after reaching the lodge I heard a shriek which I shall never forget. I seem to hear it now; it is always in my ears. This shriek was repeated again and again. I got up to look out. I saw a man rushing along. He got over the sunk fence and dashed up to the lodge, shouting : " Mr. Burke and Lord Frederick Cavendish are killed." There was great confusion, and immediately I rushed out; but someone of the Household stopped me, saying that it might be a ruse to get me out, and advising me to wait and make inquiries. Of course the inquiries were made and the truth soon discovered. I have said that I did not see the murder, but my brother's servant did. He was upstairs and saw a scuffle going on, but of course did not know what it was about.'
The news of the crime sent a thrill through the land. Agrarian outrages were common enough. But political assassination was something new.1 ' Had the Fenians anything to do with it ? ' a correspondent of an American paper asked Kickham. ' I don't know,5 was the answer; ' but if they had they were Fenians seduced by the Land League.' Candour compels me to say that
1 The object of the assassins was to kill Mr. Burke. Lord Frederick Cavendish was killed simply through the accident of his being with Mr. Burke.
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